The 5 Most Notable NFL Thanksgiving Day Moments By: Peter Snyder

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Happy turkey day folks! Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, stuff your faces and watch football. Throughout the years we have had our share of notable moments during turkey day games and this is a list of the 5 most notable ones. We can all agree that number one is a lay up but the other four made me think. We will start in Detroit where a very dirty player, left a very dirty mark on a Thanksgiving Day game in 2011.

5. “The Suh Stomp”

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions


Ndamukong Suh is a very talented player, there is no denying that, but he is at the same time a dirty player. This showed during a 2011 Thanksgiving Day matchup between Suhs Lions and the Green Bay Packers. Early in the third quarter with the Packers leading 7-0, Aaron Rodgers, one of the best QBs in the league dropped back for a routine pass. After the pass was incomplete the cameras panned to scuffle near the QB. A flag was thrown and Packer were players coming after Suh. Replay showed that Suh had stomped with full force on Green Bay Packers Linemen, Evan Dietrich- Smith after the two were tangled up.  Suh was ejected from the game and that was followed with by two game suspension, coupled with  a healthy fine. This game now goes down in the history books as the Suh Stomp game and  Ndamukong Suh remains to be one of the dirtiest players in the league to this day.

4. “Have a day, O.J!”


Before O.J Simpson was accused of murdering his ex-wife, resulting in one of the most famous trials in American history, he was actually an insanely talented football player. On Thanksgiving Day, 1976, Simpson had a career day against the Lions and his performance will go down as one of the most impressive performances for a RB in NFL history. Simpson ran for an astonishing 272 yards and could not be stopped the entire day. The ironic thing is, even despite Simpsons historic day, his Bills team still lost that day to the Lions, 27-14.

3. Coin Flip Controversy


A Thanksgiving Day matchup between the Steelers and Lions in 1998, needed extra time as both teams were tied up at 16 at the end of regulation. When both teams trotted out to midfield for the OT coin toss, the referee asked Pittsburg Steeler, Jerome Bettis to call it in the air. Bettis said tails and if you listen closely he clearly said it, but referee Phil Luckett heard heads. This resulted in the Lions choosing to receive and winning the game on a field goal. This is one of the weirdest, craziest finishes you will ever see to a football game and this even led to a rule change. Due to this game, players are now required to to call the toss before the coin is in the air.

2. Randy Moss Shines in Dallas


It will go down as the most efficient performance in Thanksgiving Day history. The Minnesota Vikings made a trip to Dallas on Thanksgiving Day, 1998 where they would meet up with a talented Cowboy team and an above average secondary. Randy Moss, one of the best receivers of all time only had 3 catches on the day but boy did he make those catches count. Moss scored a TD on all 3 receptions and raked up 163 receiving yards on the day. Still to this day, it is hard to fathom just how efficient and impressive that performance was by Moss. The Vikings won the game 46-36.

1.The Butt Fumble


This will not go down as the stupidest play in Thanksgiving Day history, but it will go down as one of the stupidest plays in the history of the NFL. During a cold November, Thanksgiving night at Met Life Stadium the Jets were facing a familiar foe in the New England Patriots.  During a botched play Jets QB, Mark Sanchez tried to turn nothing into something. What ended up happening was Sanchez turning nothing into history. Sanchez ran into his own offensive linemen, Brandon Moore where his face collided with Moore’s butt, forcing a fumble. The ball was then recovered by Patriot Steve Gregory and returned for a touchdown. Mark Sanchez life would never be the same again. From that night on  and for the rest of his life he will be known as the “butt fumble” guy. The man who literally forced a fumble by running into his own players butt. The Jets went on to get blown out 49-14 and this night will go down in history, never be forgotten.

There it is. My list of the top 5 most notable NFL Thanksgiving Day moments.  I hope you enjoyed the post and I hope you along with you family have a great Thanksgiving. Happy Holidays!

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