Originally written November 24, 2012 on Football Nation:
The Lions have proudly hosted a home game on Thanksgiving Day since 1934.It is as reliable of a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey, stuffing, and a tryptophan induced nap. This year’s match-up of the Houston Texans and the Detroit Lions was a Thanksgiving Day overtime brawl that turned out to be one of the most exciting and controversial games that the NFL has ever seen. The Lions lost on Thanksgiving for the 9th consecutive year. But their loss and the Texans’ win was suspenseful from beginning to end.The Texans had a league best 9-1 record coming into this battle, while the Lions at 4-6 were trying to rectify their pre-season hopes of making the playoffs, which had significantly dissipated during the first 10 weeks of the 2012 season. With the loss on Thursday, the Lions are out of legitimate playoff contention in the incredibly strong NFC, while the Texans continue to lead in the battle for AFC home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.The Hero of the Game was Texans’ defensive ...
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