Thanksgiving Day, Feast on Football
The NFL’s 2011 Thanksgiving football games installment offers fans three interesting courses to compliment everything else that’s great about the holiday: the food, the parades, the food, the “Black Friday” shopping that starts at 6p on Thursday, and the food. You’ll get to start your day with a suddenly relevant NFC North showdown between a resurgent Detroit Lions team and the visiting Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.
NFL Thanksgiving Day Games: Football Tickets
|Thursday 12:30 PM||Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions Ford Field – Detroit, MI tickets from $122|
|Thursday 3:15 PM||Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Stadium – Arlington, TX tickets from $67|
|Thursday 8:20 PM||San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, MD tickets from $80|
Then the day will move to the other traditional host site in Dallas where the Cowboys will host the Miami Dolphins in a “Snow Bowl” reunion. Finally, the slate ends with the first ever head coaching matchup featuring brothers on opposing sidelines, as John Harbaugh leads his perennially competitive Baltimore Ravens against his brother Jim’s San Francisco 49ers, a one-loss wonder that has defied all analyst expectations this year.
You may surprised to see which of these three games has been pushed to the top of the average price list based on ticket demand. After all, one game features division rivals (including the undefeated defending world champs), one’s highlighted by playoff contenders and features a historical moment for one of football’s well-known families, and the other will have one unpredictable but competitive team against another with no postseason hope and a coach on the hot seat.
|Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys||Cowboys Stadium||Arlington||TX||2011-11-24||$271.33|
|San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens ( are labeled Game 8 )||M&T Bank Stadium||Baltimore||MD||2011-11-24||$189.25|
|Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions||Ford Field||Detroit||MI||2011-11-24||$183.02|
2011 Thanksgiving Football Games
The Packers at Lions game is one of the most popular Thanksgiving pairings of all time, with the other being Bears at Lions. There’s just something about Midwest football that seems to make for compelling holiday television, though Detroit hasn’t exactly been competitive. Check out our profile of Green Bay at Detroit to see is the Lions can snap the holiday losing streak that dates back to 2004.
Miami at Dallas isn’t necessarily a traditional matchup, but it does pair teams from one of the most unlikely holiday matinees, the “Snow Bowl.” Who ever expected to see these two squads making angry snow angels with every tackle in a pseudo-dome stadium in Texas? The new Cowboys Stadium has a full dome, though, so don’t expect any repeats: the coldest thing you’ll see this Thanksgiving in Dolphins vs Cowboys is the Miami passing attack.
The third part of the 2011 Thanksgiving Football tripleheader is 49ers at Ravens. What looked like a questionable call in pre-season scheduling has worked out beautifully for the league’s NFL Network game, as similarly-matched teams will see who can dictate the game best with their versions of a “run first and play tough defense” philosophy. This is the first time a Thanksgiving game has been played in Charm City, and perhaps San Francisco at Baltimore will prove to be a Super Bowl preview.
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