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What two teams played the first Thanksgiving football game?

What two teams played the first Thanksgiving football game?

The University of Detroit Stadium hosted the first broadcasted Thanksgiving Day football game in 1934, pitting the Detroit Lions against the Chicago Bears and sparking a new tradition.

What NFL teams played in the first Thanksgiving Day football game?

The Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day heritage gained national attention in another way, starting with the very first game in 1934. Knowing the publicity potential of radio, Richards along with NBC Radio, set up a 94-station network to broadcast the Lions-Bears showdown.

What two teams are playing Thanksgiving Day?

The first two Thanksgiving NFL games will be hosted by the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys as they are every season. Detroit will open the day with a game against the Chicago Bears, while the Cowboys will play the Las Vegas Raiders.

What two NFL teams have long standing traditions of playing a football game on Thanksgiving?

Why Do the Lions and Cowboys Always Play on Thanksgiving? Every year since 1934, the Detroit Lions have taken the field for a Thanksgiving game, no matter how bad their record has been.

Who have the Cowboys played the most on Thanksgiving?

The Cowboys are 30-21-1 on Thanksgiving, including 8-1 against Washington. The teams last met on turkey day two years ago, a 31-23 Dallas win. The Cowboys have hosted the game every year since 1966 except for 1975 and 1977 when the St. Louis Cardinals hosted.

Why do Lions Cowboys play Thanksgiving?

Their tradition began in 1966 when general manager Tex Schramm signed up to play on that day to get more national publicity. Like the Lions, the Cowboys had record-shattering crowds show up at the Cotton Bowl.

Who plays Thanksgiving 2020?

This year’s Thanksgiving matchups will be between the Houston Texans and the Detroit Lions, and the Washington Football Team and the Dallas Cowboys. We were originally scheduled to have the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers for dessert, but that AFC North matchup was moved to Sunday due to COVID-19 concerns.

What are the traditions for Thanksgiving?

Top 10 Thanksgiving traditions in the US

  • Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Break the wishbone for good luck.
  • Eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
  • Take a nap.
  • Share what you’re most thankful for.
  • Watch an American football game.
  • Be grateful for Friendsgiving.
  • Run a turkey trot.

Which NFL team has never played on Thanksgiving?

Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars are the only team to have never played a game on Thanksgiving. Four teams have yet to suffer a loss on Thanksgiving — Ravens, Saints, Panthers and Texans.

Has Detroit ever won on Thanksgiving?

The 4-6 Lions have played on Thanksgiving every year since 1934 except in the World War II era of 1939-44. The Texans’ only Thanksgiving appearance against anyone came in 2012 when they earned a 34-31 victory over the Lions in overtime behind 188 receiving yards from Andre Johnson and three sacks by J.J.

What NFL team has the hardest schedule 2020?

The Steelers
The Steelers also have the toughest schedule based on 2020 win percentage, with their opponents finishing last season a combined 155-115-2 (.

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Who are the NFL teams playing on Thanksgiving Day?

Since 1978, the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day games have traditionally included one game hosted by the Detroit Lions, and one game hosted by the Dallas Cowboys. Since 2006, with the advent of the NFL’s then-new Thursday Night Football, a third primetime game has also been played on Thanksgiving;

When was the first college football game played on Thanksgiving?

The Young America-Germantown game also occurred six years after President Abraham Lincoln declared the first fixed national Thanksgiving holiday in 1863. Princeton University and Yale University played on Thanksgiving from 1876-81. The tradition grew as many high schools began playing on Thanksgiving each year as well.

When did the Detroit Lions start Thanksgiving Day football?

However, when it comes to Thanksgiving Day football, NFL style, most fans first think of the Lions and the tradition that was started in 1934. It was their first year in Detroit after a local radio executive, George A. Richards, had purchased the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans and moved the team to Detroit.

When did the Dallas Cowboys start hosting Thanksgiving games?

In 1966, the Dallas Cowboys, who had been founded six years earlier, adopted the practice of hosting Thanksgiving games.