To start off Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed their day with their friends and family. As everyone knows football is part of pretty much 99% of families traditions for Thanksgiving if they just watch NFL or go out and play in their backyard or even both. Well of course I'm a girl so I don't play football, and neither does anyone in my family for that matter, so I watch it.
The early game was Patriots vs. Lions. I expected it to be just like last year another game that we all had to watch miserably wishing it had some action but not this year. Patriots only scored off a 19 yard field goal and the Lions had a 19 yard touchdown from Shaun Hill to Calvin Johnson in the 1st quarter (7-3 Lions). 2nd quarter a 1 yard touchdown run by Maurice Morris for a Lion touchdown and a 44 yard field goal to put the Lions 17-10 over the Patriots who scored on a 15 yard touchdown run by BenJarvus Green-Ellis. 2nd half started out good then by the 4th quarter it was like the recent Thanksgiving games in Detriot. Wes Welker caught a touchdown pass by Tom Brady and Deion Branch also caught a touchdown pass by Tom Brady in the 3rd quarter while the Lions' Maurice Morris had his 2nd touchdown of the game on another 1 yard run (24-24). In the 4th quarter it was all Patriots, Wes Welker and Deion Branch for the 2nd time in the game and half caught a touchdown pass by Tom Brady, which game him 4 touchdowns in the game, and also BenJarvus Green-Ellis had his 2nd rushing touchdown of the game, a 1 yard touchdown. 45-24 was the final score. Tom Brady won the MVP award for this Thanksgiving game with throwing 21 completions out of 27 attempts for 341 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Ndamukong Suh became the new holder of a Lions record, most sacks for a defensive player in their rookie season. Suh only had 1 sack in the game but 3 tackles and 1 assist.
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The Cowboys host their annual Thanksgiving game, 2nd time in Cowboys Stadium, against the Saints. The Saints went 17-0 in the 1st quarter with a 3 yard touchdown run by Chris Ivory after a huge play by Drew Brees to Devery Henderson for 57 yards to put them into the red zone. Garrett Hartley made a 50 yard field goal. Chris Ivory, had another touchdown in the 1st quarter, a 6 yard touchdown run. Nothing but field goals in the 2nd quarter. David Buehler made 2, a 21 yard and a career long of 53 yarder. Garrett Hartley made a 45 yard field goal to add to the Saints led. Half time (20-6 Saints). 2nd play in the 2nd quarter Miles Austin ran for a 60 yard touchdown to start the Cowboys momentum. Garrett Hartley was sent out to kick for the Saints he nailed a 28 yard field goal. Marion Barber punched in a touchdown from 1 yard out to make the score 23-20 Saints. Both teams scored a touchdown in the 4th quarter. Tashard Choice scored his 1st touchdown of the season 1 yard out gave the Cowboys the lead for the 1st time at 27-23 but then Roy Williams fumbled in the red zone and the Saints recovered and got a 12 yard touchdown pass by Dree Brees to Lance Moore which was the last scoring play so the final score was 30-27 Saints. Cowboys came close to possibly tieing but Jason Garrett showed how much of a rookie coach he was by his clock management and 2 minute offense. Cowboys never used 2 time outs during in their last offensive drive and tried for a 59 yard field goal which was missed. I don't know who won the MVP award because I turned off the tv and left the room.
First Thanksgiving game hosted at the New Meadowlands Stadium, shared by the New York Giants and the New York Jets in New Jersey. The Jets were using the stadium for the night Thanksgiving game versus the Bengals. The first half was horrible for the Bengals, just like their season as been. There was no scoring in the 1st quarter by either team. The Jets scored first on their first drive of the 2nd quarter after Carson Palmer was intercepted Jim Leonhard. They had to settle for a 27 yard field goal by Nick Folk to put them on the scoreboard (3-0 Jets). The Bengals scored a 5 yard pass by Carson Palmer to rookie Jordan Shipley to put them on the board and in the lead (7-3 Bengals). Second play from scrimmage in the 2nd half Brad Smith ran 53 yards for a Jets touchdown (10-7 Jets). Couple drives later Mark Sanchez connected with Santonio Holmes for a 13 yard Jets touchdown (17-7 Jets). Bengals first drive of the 4th quarter ended with a good 28 yard field goal attempt by Aaron Pettrey (17-10 Jets). The kickoff by Pettrey was returned, by Brad Smith, 89 yards for a Jets touchdown (24-10 Jets). Even the Jets defense got in with the scoring with sack on Carson Palmer in the end zone by Trevor Pryce for a safety (26-10 Jets). This was Trevor Pryce's first sack of the season. The Jets offense, defense, and special teams all scored points. Final score of 26-10 Jets defeat Bengals.
Link to boxscores- NFL.com: http://bit.ly/ibiDfC
2010 Saints-Cowboys rapid reaction- ESPN.com: http://es.pn/g6wwz3