Thanksgiving Day football began with the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions playing at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The Bears would get the football first and they got a quick 10-yard touchdown pass from Mitchell Trubisky to Allen Robinson for the lead. The Lions came roaring back with their second-year, 3rd string quarterback, David Blough who wasted no time to throw his first career NFL touchdown to Kenny Golladay on a 75-yard bomb. Soon after, D. Blough lead another touchdown scoring drive off an 8-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones, Jr. In the second quarter, both teams would trade field goals and this game was becoming very defensive minded. Although the Lions were up 7 at halftime, that wouldn’t stop M. Trubisky as he threw an 18-yard touchdown to Jesper Horsted to make it 17 all. I’m sure the 64,000 plus fans in attendance were getting nervous for their home team but D. Blough cleverly took a lot of time off the clock which lead Matt Prater to a 24 yard field goal. Lions up 20 - 17. The Bears would refuse to quit, M.Trubisky found rookie running back, David Montgomery for the 3-yard touchdown pass. Now, D. Blough and the rest of the Lions offense must come back from a 24 - 20 deficit within two minutes in the 4th quarter. D. Blough was driving, and with a couple of penalties against the Bears’ defense, the Lions were in field goal range but it would not help them out in this situation. The Bears held the Lions to a 4th & 22 which forced D. Blough to chuck the ball in the air but the pass was intercepted by the Bears’ free safety, Eddie Jackson. Despite the good effort from David Blough the Bears would come up with a 24 - 20 win.
Next up, the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys playing at AT&T Center in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys would strike with precision as Dak Prescott threw a touchdown pass to Jason Witten for the 7-0 Cowboys lead. Afterwards, the Cowboys looked flat on offense and the Bills offense started to click. Josh Allen threw a touchdown to former Cowboys receiver, Cole Beasley and the game was tied at 7. The Bills with two minutes to go in the first half pulled a trick play, an end around pass from John Brown to the rookie running back, Devin Singletary for an amazing touchdown. Cowboys kicker, Brett Maher would miss a field goal to end the half 13-7 Bills. Once the second half started, it was all Buffalo! J. Allen would rush for a touchdown which gave the Bills a 23-7 commanding lead. The defense continued to play outstanding while Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup was cold on offense. Even Ezekiel Elliott was struggling against this run stopping Bills defense. Although the Cowboys would score a touchdown and convert a two-point conversion late in the fourth, nothing would stop the fearless Bills to dominate the Cowboys in Dallas with a 26-15 victory. This game is most likely the end of the Jerry Jones - Jason Garrett era.
The final game on Thanksgiving was the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons playing at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Taysom Hill, the Saints third string quarterback blocked a punt, caught a pass and ran for a touchdown in the first quarter alone to make it 7 - 0. After that, the Saints offense went quiet and the Falcons went to work as Matt Ryan threw a touchdown to tight end, Jake Graham. A costly decision made by Falcons’ coach, Dan Quinn resulted in a failed two-point conversion leaving the Falcons down by one. The Saints would take over three minutes off the clock on their next drive for kicker, Will Lutz to drill a 22-yard field goal. Later on, T. Hill ran in for a touchdown. Quickly, the Falcons came back with a field goal ending the half 17 - 9, Saints. The only score in the third quarter was contributed by W. Lutz. M. Ryan was picked off by Chauncey Gardner-Johnson in the beginning of the fourth quarter and W. Lutz kicked a 42 yarder to complete the drive. The next Falcons’ drive, M. Ryan fumbled the ball as he ran for a first down resulting in W. Lutz completing a 45 yarder. As the Saints were up 26-9 with a little over four minutes to go in the fourth quarter, surprisingly enough, Russel Gage, Jr. would score a touchdown for the Falcons but missed another two-point conversion so the score was 26 - 15. The Falcons would recover an onside kick and then quickly score a field goal to make it a one-possession game, 26 - 18. Now with the Falcons attempting their second onside kick, one would think luck would on the Saints side, it was not! The Saints defensive end, Cameron Jordan sacked M. Ryan twice squashing any hopes for a Falcons comeback. Things could have possibly turned out different if the Falcon’s kicker, Younghoe Koo didn’t leave so many points off the board. Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints 26 - 18 victory to clinch the NFC South title.