*Breaking News – Friday, Nov. 28, 2014: Ray Rice suspension overturned, the former Baltimore Ravens running back is eligible to return to the NFL immediately.
On Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, there were three NFL Football games played. A fantastic trio of gridiron clashes which highlighted Thanksgiving Day 2014. All the games were meaningful division matchups, and playoff hopes were on the line. The Chicago Bears were in Detroit to play the Lions, the Philadelphia Eagles were in Dallas to play the Cowboys. The night game, was a knock down drag out no holds-barred classic between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers, in Northern California.
Detroit Lions (8-4) 34, Chicago Bears (5-7) 17: @Detroit – The Lions came into the game having not scored a TD in the last two games. Chicago came in having won two straight games, after a four-game losing streak. Early on, it looked like Chicago might make it three straight, but after jumping out to a 14-3 1st Quarter lead, Chicago’s wheels came off. Detroit scored Three TD’s in the 2nd Quarter, and went into halftime with a 24-14 lead, and never looked back. Chicago’s playoff hopes are now very dim, while Detroit is now in 2nd place in the NFC North. Detroit WR Calvin Johnson broke out, with 11 catches for 146 yards and two TD’s. The Lions offense outgained Chicago 474-269 in total yardage, while the Lions defense held Chicago to just 13 rushing yards.
Philadelphia Eagles (9-3) 33, Dallas Cowboys (8-4) 10: @Dallas – In a showdown for 1st place in the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Cowboys in every phase of the game. On offense, Philadelphia scored the first three times they had the ball. The visiting team held a 23-7 halftime lead, and then held the Cowboys to just a FG in the 2nd half. There really was no drama in the game. Most impressive, was the Philadelphia running game, as they piled up 256 rushing yards; 159 of those yards were gained by Eagles RB LeSean McCoy. The Eagles defense held the Cowboys DeMarco Murray, the NFL’s leading rusher, to just 73 yards on 20 carries. In total offense, Philly outgained Dallas 464-267.
Seattle Seahawks (8-4) 19, San Francisco 49ers (7-5) 3: @San Francisco – Seattle likes a good dogfight, and that’s exactly what this was. The reigning Super Bowl champs built a 13-0 halftime lead, and gradually squeezed the life out of the Bay area squad. Seattle CB Richard Sherman had two INT’s, and San Francisco was unable to move the ball effectively, either on the ground or thru the air. 49ers RB Frank Gore only managed 28 rushing yards, and QB Colin Kaepernick only threw for 121 yards. Seattle had a 379-164 edge in total yardage, and Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch had 104 yards on 20 carries. Last week, Seattle beat Arizona by the same score.
The Turkey-day games were a great warmup for the rest of the Week 13 games coming up on Sunday, Nov. 30. The Sunday lineup will feature the New England Patriots vs the Packers, in Green Bay; this will be the first ever NFL meeting between QB’s Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. In another marquee matchups, the New Orleans Saints will face the Steelers in Pittsburgh, the San Diego Chargers will be in Baltimore to do battle with the Ravens, and the Denver Broncos will be in Kansas City to square off with the Chiefs. Beer, pretzels, and hot dogs will be consumed in rather liberal quantities.