NFL Thanksgiving recap
The loss of Aaron Rodgers continued to haunt the Packers. Matt Flynn didn’t have much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving this year as the Lions defense sacked him seven times in a 40-10 demolishing of the Packers. It was the first win for the Lions on Thanksgiving in ten years. The Lions improved to 7-5 with the win and dropped the Packers to 5-6-1. Since Rodgers broke his left collarbone, the Packers are 0-4-1 and their playoff hopes are starting to slip away. Green Bay had 126 total yards compared to the 561 yards put up by the Lions offense. The Lions had three early turnovers, but Matthew Stafford would go off after a slow start as they scored 37 straight to put the Packers in their misery. Flynn, the fourth Packers starting QB this season, threw for just 139 yards and had a pick and two fumbles. The Lions now have the lead in the NFC North and control their own destiny the rest of the way. They will take on the Eagles in Philadelphia next week. The Packers hope that Rodgers returns next week when they take on the Falcons as every game now turns into a must-win.
Murray carries Cowboys to comeback win over Raiders
The Cowboys came into their Thanksgiving Day tradition riding high after essentially ending the Giants season last week at MetLife Stadium. They came back home to Dallas hoping to take over first place in the NFC East. Despite getting off to a slow start and trailing 21-14 at the half, they would dominate the second half to pull out a 31-24 victory. The Cowboys were led by their running back DeMarco Murray, who ran for 63 yards and three touchdowns. Lance Dunbar also had a breakout performance, rushing for 82 yards. The Cowboys defense was terrific in the second half, only allowing a field goal in the final minute of the game. Two Raiders turnovers was the difference in this game and Matt McGloin couldn’t get anything going in the second half. The loss ends any shot the Raiders had at sneaking in as a Wild Card as they fall to 8-8. The Cowboys are now 7-5 and take on the Bears in Chicago next Monday in a pivotal matchup.
Ravens end Steelers playoff hopes, grab sixth seed in AFC
One two-point conversion. That is what the Steelers season came down to. After a plethora of injuries, the Steelers scored two touchdowns to make it a 22-20 game. They were a two-point conversion from tying the game and Emmanuel Sanders could not reel in the pass from Ben Roethlisberger. They came that close to keeping their improbable season alive after a 0-4 start. Instead, the Ravens find themselves holding onto the sixth seed in the AFC at 6-6 with the dramatic victory. It was a classic Thanksgiving battle between the two division rivals that came down to the final minute as everyone expected. It was as close a battle as you can get as both teams had no turnovers, had almost the same time of possession, and almost the same amount of rushing yards, and nearly an identical amount of total yards. It was a heartbreaker for the Steelers, but an uplifting win for the Ravens. The Steelers will take on the Dolphins next week and the Ravens will play the Vikings. Pittsburgh is not officially eliminated yet, but this all but seals the deal for them with the tiebreakers not in their favor. The Ravens not only are alive for a wild card spot, but remain alive for an AFC North division title as well.