A tradition since 1920, the NFL Thanksgiving games have become integral in America’s celebration of thanks, as families crowd around the TV to watch their favorite teams duke it out while enjoying a hearty holiday meal. The Thursday ritual usually pits Detroit and Dallas against a team from each of their conferences, while the third slot is indiscriminately open annually. This year’s holiday event kicks off with Green Bay at Detroit, the mid-day match features Oakland at Dallas, and caps off with Pittsburgh at Baltimore. All of the teams this year have games the prior Sunday and will be on a short week, playing twice in five days—with little time to rest, they will have to dish out their best to win on Turkey Day.
Eat your heart out in a big comfy jersey and spread cheer (the rah-rah-rah! kind) as you root for your team this Thanksgiving!
|NFL Thanksgiving||Where||Avg. Price||Cheapest Ticket|
|Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions||Ford Field Detroit||$215||$109|
|Oakland Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys||AT&T Stadium Arlington||$261||$81|
|Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens||M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore||$289||$100|
Thanksgiving morning figures familiar long-standing rivals: the Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions, marking the 21st time the two have gone head to head on Turkey Day. Detroit fans have gone home unhappy with nine consecutive losses on the event, but with Aaron Rodgers presumably sidelined, they may yet turn things around for ownership of the NFC North! Instead of featuring a high-profile musical act in this year’s edition, the Detroit Lions have opted to take a “community focused approach” for their halftime show as a part of NFL PLAY 60. Joining United Way and Playworks, the Lions have helped educate local public school children and their families about the importance of healthy eating and exercise. The program, dubbed “Meet Up and Eat Up” will be the primary focus of halftime, but Tony Lucca, Michigan-native and The Voice competitor, will perform along with the Walled Lake Central marching band. Tickets for the game start at $109 in mid level, shoot up to $429 for club seats, and average at $215. The face-off begins at 9:30am, leaving you enough time to get home and stuff to your heart’s content.
This season, “America’s Team” will be paid a visit by the Oakland Raiders, for an afternoon Thanksgiving rematch. When the teams last played in 2009, the Dallas Cowboys won, but they don’t exactly have the most glorious turkey game record, at 28-16-1, and Tony Romo’s being 5-1. Can they muster another win over the Raiders? Headlining the always entertaining halftime show this year is pop star princess Selena Gomez. The Arlington-native is excited to perform for her home state, and promises she will “give Texas a really good show and make them proud.” Tickets start at $81 (the cheapest of the day) and average at $261 to be in attendance at AT&T Stadium to be a part of an exciting football showdown and a great performance!
Another one of the NFL’s best rivalries, the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Baltimore Ravens game will play out in the primetime slot, and is naturally the most in-demand ticket of the bunch. Tickets are as low as $100 for Upper Level, as high as $1992 for Club Level seats, and average at $289. The Super Bowl champs lost to their division rivals just two weeks ago, so will the Steelers be feasting on Ravens instead of turkeys for dinner? Spend the holiday with Big Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco to find out who will edge out in the AFC North!
Pass around the gravy, stuffing, turkey…and the football, as you give thanks November 28!