Today marks the Packers' 32nd Turkey Day appearance - most of them against the Lions since 1951 - but only the fifth of the post-Lombardi era.
Despite the heartwarming tradition, traveling over the river and through the woods to Michigan has been no holiday for the Packers over the years.
Green Bay has compiled a 10-17-2 record – a .379 winning percentage – in games played on Thanksgiving, and has won only once in the past six games played on the November feast day. From 1920 to 1935, the Packers were 6-5-1 on Thanksgiving. But since 1951, the team is only 4-12-1.
The Packers last played on Thanksgiving in 1994, and lost to the Dallas Cowboys in Texas Stadium 42-31. Their last win came in 1986, when Walter Stanley returned a punt in the fourth quarter to help beat the Detroit Lions 44-40 at the Silverdome.
Today Green Bay returns to Detroit on Thanksgiving for the first time in 16 years. At one time, the Lions regularly hosted the Packers on Thanksgiving. The two teams played every Thanksgiving from 1951 to 1963, with the Lions winning nine of those 13 games. In 1962, the Lions pass rush, led by Alex Karras, sacked quarterback Bart Starr eight times and the Lions won 26-14. It was the only loss the Packers had that season, as they finished 13-1 and won the NFL title.
Overall, the Packers and Lions have played 15 times on Thanksgiving, with Detroit winning 10 games. The 1963 game ended in a 13-13 tie. The Packers first played on Thanksgiving in 1920, when they beat the Stambaugh Miners 14-0 in a non-league game that didn't count in the final standings. The first league game they played came in 1923 when they beat the Hammond Pros 19-0. Green Bay proceeded to play on the next 12 Thanksgivings. The Packers biggest Turkey Day rival at that time was the Frankford Yellowjackets. Green Bay played them from 1926 to 1930, and went 2-2-1 against them.