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Top 10 Thanksgiving Day Football Plays

Ten NFL highlights that made you choke on your turkey drumstick.
DETROIT LIONS VS. CHICAGO BEARS (1997) Barry Sanders racks up three touchdowns For a team that hasn’t won a championship in over 50 years, hosting the Thanksgiving Classic hasn’t boded too well for Detroit in recent decades. Luckily for Lions fans, at least they had Barry Sanders to look forward to during the '90s. In another collection-of-plays clip, Sanders dominated Chicago’s defense in 1997 with three scores on the ground, racking up 167 yards in the process.

 

NEW YORK GIANTS VS. DETROIT LIONS (1982) Lawrence Taylor’s 97-yard pick return As arguably the greatest linebacker of all-time, Lawrence Taylor was known just as much for his mental prowess as his physical capabilities. On this particular play from 1982 (just his second season in the league), Taylor makes a perfectly timed jump on a Gary Danielson pass in the red zone, returning the pick 97 yards to break a 6-6 tie in the fourth quarter. The score would hold as the only touchdown in the 13-6 New York victory.

 

CHICAGO BEARS VS. DETROIT LIONS (1980) Dave Williams returns overtime kickoff for a touchdown Finally, in this historic play from 1980, Bears return man Dave Williams takes the opening kickoff in overtime up the gut, before cutting to the outside for a 95-yard touchdown. The play marked the first time in NFL history that an overtime period began (and ended) with a kickoff return for a touchdown. 21 years later, it’s another Bears kick returner, Devin Hester, who holds the record for most all-time return touchdowns with 18 (12 punts, 5 kickoffs, 1 missed field goal).

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