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Wednesday open thread: What is your favorite Lions Thanksgiving Day memory?

What’s your favorite moment for the Lions’ long Thanksgiving Day history?

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The Detroit Lions haven’t always been the most entertaining football team on Thanksgiving Day. From 2004 to 2012, the Lions lost nine straight contests on the national holiday. Since then, however, the Lions have won three straight by an average margin of 26 points.

No matter the game result, it has always been a classic Detroit sports tradition to watch the Lions on Thanksgiving that is bound to create long-lasting memories for sports fans and non-fans alike. So today’s Question of the Day is:

What is your favorite Lions-related memory on Thanksgiving?

My answer: 2013 vs. the Green Bay Packers. The season was slipping away from the Lions. Once the clear division leaders at 6-3, the Lions had lost two straight and were in danger of blowing the NFC North away to Green Bay. But on this day, the Lions would absolutely destroy the Packers in embarrassing fashion, something that doesn’t happen very often for the Lions.

The game got off to a precarious start, as Lions fans were afraid that the curse of Matt Flynn would strike the franchise again. Despite moving the ball efficiently, three turnovers in the first 21 minutes of the game had the Lions down 10-3 and looking like the season may be over. However, from then on it was all Lions. Detroit ended up outgaining the Packers 561-126, and although they turned the ball over four times on the day, they forced Flynn into three turnovers of his own and even added a safety to boot.

Even though the Lions would end up indeed blowing the division to the Packers later in the season, this Thanksgiving game gave fans the optimism that they would finally win the NFC North.

Your turn.

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