Q: Which NFL player set a (then) NFL rushing record with 273 yards
in this traditional game?
The date? November 25, 1976.
This Thanksgiving's game against the Green Bay Packers will mark the 64th edition of Detroit's Thanksgiving Day tradition. The annual event always brings out the best in Lions fans, and this year, Detroit will welcome its most frequent dinner guest to the table in the Green Bay Packers.
The series began with a 19-16 loss to the Chicago Bears on November, 29, 1934.
A total of 63 games have been played with the Lions owning a 32-29-2 edge over their opponents.
The first Thanksgiving game that was televised came on November 22, 1956 when the Lions lost to the Packers 24-20.
The Lions have played 21 different teams since the first Thanksgiving Day game. The two most common opponents have been the Packers and Bears, playing the packers 16 times and the Bears 15 times.