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Happy Thanksgiving from the NFL

November 28, 2009

Cowboys running back Felix Jones runs in to score against the Raiders - nfl.com

In Britain we may not celebrate Thanksgiving, but we certainly celebrate the extra NFL action.

Tradition dictates that both the Detroit Lions and te Dallas Cowboys and this Thanksgiving they had mixed fortunes.

In the first, the Lions (2-9) were well beaten 34-12 by the Green Bay Packers (7-4). The Packers dominated the game, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers throwing for 348 yards with three touchdown passes

The victory gave the Packers their third win in a row and was aided by Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who threw four interceptions, two of which were picked off by Charles Woodson.

Next up was the Oakland Raiders (3-8) travelling to Dallas. The Cowboys (8-3) had won their previous two games on Thanksgiving under coach Wade Phillips and were never troubled by the Raiders.

They went out to a 17-0 lead at the half, before winning 24-7. Tony Romo threw two touchdowns, including one to the ever improving Miles Austin.

Since 2006, there has been a third game on Thanksgiving, to appease those who believed it was unfair that Dallas and Detriot got to play at home on America’s favourite holiday. This  year, the New York Giants (6-5) travelled to Denver.

The Broncos (7-4) had won their first six games but came into this one on the back of four straight defeats. They were able to stop the rot with a 26-6 win over the Giants.

Defensive end Elvis Dumervil sacked Giants quarterback Eli Manning twice to extend his NFL leading sack total to 14. Matt Prater kicked four field goals.

The rest of the weekend’s action is wrapped up tomorrow and Monday night. It is the Monday night game that is the weekend’s main attraction as the New England Patriots (7-3) travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints (10-0).

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