Time was, the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions were like family on Thanksgiving – as much a tradition as turkey and cranberries. From 1951-1963, the teams met annually on Thanksgiving Day. Since then, the Packers have been more like a distant cousin at the Lions' holiday table. Sometimes they're invited, sometimes they're not.
Here's a quiz to test Packer fans' memories of the five Thanksgiving Day games the Packers have played from 1970-present.
1. Arguably the most exciting play in the Packers' Thanksgiving Day annals occurred Nov. 27, 1986 when the Packers rallied to beat the Lions 44-40. Which Packer returned a punt 83 yards in the closing minutes for the game-winning touchdown?
A. Johnny Gray
B. Steve Odom
C. Phil Epps
D. Walter Stanley
2. Who was Green Bay's starting quarterback in that game?
A. Lynn Dickey
B. Randy Wright
C. Alan Risher
D. Don Majkowski
3. The Packers made their final Pontiac Silverdome appearance a memorable one with a thrilling 29-27 win on Thanksgiving 2001. Green Bay took an early lead, thanks to a Detroit fumble forced by a Packer making his first NFL start and who later was named the Packers' Defensive Rookie of the Year. Who was it?
4. In the modern era, the Packers have shared Thanksgiving with one team besides the Lions. Green Bay has traveled to Dallas for the holiday twice, and lost both times. In a 42-31 loss on Nov. 24, 1994, the Packers could muster only 29 yards rushing. Who led the ground attack with a grand total of 17 yards?
A. Edgar Bennett
B. Brett Favre
C. Reggie Cobb
D. LeShon Johnson
WHO AM I?
In the Packers' most recent Thanksgiving Day matchup (Nov. 22, 2001, see above), the Lions' came from 16 points down, scoring a TD with 10 seconds remaining to close to within two points. Detroit's 2-point conversion attempt failed. That meant that the slim margin of victory could be attributed to a safety earlier in the fourth quarter. Which Packer tackled Detroit's Lamont Warren for Green Bay's only safety of the season? See how many of these progressively easier clues you need.
- Played for Green Bay 2000-2001
- Packers' sack leader in 2000
- Signed as an unrestricted free agent (Cleveland) in 2000
- Played collegiately at Alcorn State
- First-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears (11th overall) in 1994.
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D, Walter Stanley. The punt return was the longest of the year in the NFC, and gave Green Bay its first Thanksgiving Day win since 1961.
B, Randy Wright. The former Wisconsin Badger was 18-of-26 for 286 yards and his only three-TD game of the season. Two of his touchdown passes went to Stanley, as the QB-receiver tandem enjoyed one of their best career days.
A., Bhawoh Jue, starting in place of the injured LeRoy Butler, chased down Detroit receiver Johnny Morton and knocked the ball loose from behind (recovered by Tyrone Williams). The Packers took the ensuing possession in 80 yards for a touchdown.
C, Reggie Cobb. The former Buccaneer had 17 yards on 9 carries (1.88-yard avg.). Bennett followed with 12 yards Meanwhile, Cowboys' Emmitt Smith had 133 yards on 32 carries.
WHO AM I? Defensive end John Thierry