The History of the NFL on Thanksgiving
November 26, 2013
It is an annual tradition. Your family sits down at the dinner table to eat a Thanksgiving meal. But to you, it is all about strategy. You think to yourself: “Where do I need to sit so that I can see football on TV?”. You quickly eat your meal and then rush to your favorite recliner. You may doze off for a few minutes, but you know that no one in your family is touching that TV. NFL on Thanksgiving is a tradition every year.
It all began in 1920 with the creation of the National Football League. Since then, an NFL game has been played every Thanksgiving, except for a four year break during World War II. The Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions have hosted a Thanksgiving Day game every year since 1978. The Detroit Lions have played the most games on Thanksgiving Day. They currently have a 33-37-2 record. Two active teams have never played on Thanksgiving. These two teams are the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Carolina Panthers.
This Turkey Day, you can see:
- Packers at Lions (12:30 ET)
- Raiders at Cowboys (4:30 ET)
- Steelers at Ravens (8:30 ET)
Let’s take a look at the history of these Thanksgiving Day games. Click on the graphic to see the full timeline!