A look back at the top 5 moments from Thanksgiving NFL games
From great comebacks to major mistakes, a lot of http://www.nflbroncosofficialstore.com/84_jacob_tamme_jersey_cheap memorable things have happened on Thanksgiving.
The NFL played its first Thanksgiving game in 1920. The 82 years since have been full of notable games and performances; some good and others much less so. Records have been set, stars have shined and one player mistakenly tried to recover a blocked field goal.
With so much NFL history coming on Thanksgiving, it would be difficult to create a list of the 20 most memorable moments. Simpson's 273 yard rushing performance in 1976 and Lawrence Taylor's 97 yard game winning interception return touchdown in 1982 are left off the list.
No. 5 Jerome Bettis called "hea tails"
The Lions and Steelers played a back and forth game in Detroit in 1998 with the teams ending regulation tied 16 16. The game went down in history, however, for what came next. Detroit took advantage, taking the kickoff and driving down for a game winning field goal. Everyone thought the Steelers had been robbed, including Cowher who said it was wrong the game was "decided by the guys Louis Vasquez Womens Jersey who wear striped shirts."
Luckett, who was heavily criticized, insisted Bettis called "heads tails" and he took the first selection. It turns out, he was right as David Pincus wrote:
In only a few days, technology vindicated the beleaguered referee. Pittsburgh television station KDKA enhanced the audio and found that Bettis had given two separate commands. Removing all ambiguity, a sideline conversation between Bettis and Cowher was also picked up, one where the Steelers back clearly defines that he said "hea tails."
In addition to inciting a pre social media firestorm, the "hea tails" debate also changed the NFL forever. Shortly after the game in Detroit, then NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue changed the rule so players would be forced to declare heads or tails before, not during, the coin toss.
No. 4 Barry Sanders zigs and zags through Chicago
Detroit has long been a regular participant on Thanksgiving and in the 1990s that meant the country got to sit back and bask in the glory of Barry Sanders. In the days before NFL Redzone or Sunday Ticket, fans weren't able to watch every game. Depending on what part of the country you lived in, Thanksgiving may have been your only chance to watch Sanders that season. Thrust into the spotlight, Sanders rarely disappointed.
He played in 10 Thanksgiving games, during which he racked up 931 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns. His best Thanksgiving performance came in 1997, when he put on a show against the Chicago Bears. Sanders finished the game with 167 rushing yards and three touchdowns. His scores weren't 1 yard touchdown runs either. Instead, it was classic Barry Sanders. He cut in, cut out and left Bear defenders grabbing for air (highlights can be found here).
It was also a historic night as during the game, Sanders passed Eric Dickerson to move to No. 2 on the NFL's all time rushing list. The performance also helped him eclipse 2,000 yards for the season.
No. 3 Randy Moss lights up the Cowboys
There was very little question about Randy Moss' talent heading into the 1998 draft, but some teams shied away from the wide receiver due to off the field concerns. Before the draft Moss said teams would "regret" passing on him, and then made it his personal mission to make sure they did.
Jerry Jones and the Cowboys famously passed on Moss, opting for defensive end Greg Ellis with the No. 8 pick instead. The Vikings traveled to play Dallas on Thanksgiving during Moss' rookie season and he didn't waste any time making an impact. Moss hauled in a 51 yard touchdown less than two minutes into the game, burning Dallas' secondary on a flea flicker.
Moss caught only three passes in the game, but all three receptions went for touchdowns; the flea flicker and a pair that went for 56 yards. He finished the game with 163 receiving yards and also drew a 50 yard pass interference penalty. Jerry Jones promised Moss that Dallas would draft him if he was on the board . and they passed. Julius Thomas Jersey Moss never forgot, and his first opportunity to exact revenge came that fateful Thanksgiving Day in 1998.
To Dallas' credit, they held Randy to 3 catches . for 51, 56, and 56 yards. All for touchdowns.
Moss was simply the best player on the field that day.
While Moss was busy shredding the Dallas secondary, Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman did everything he could to keep Dallas in the game. He finished with a career high 455 passing yards in the loss, a Thanksgiving record.
No. 2 Clint Longley saves Dallas
The NFL's version of a one hit wonder, there is a good chance that you've never heard of Clint Longley. After all, he only attempted 68 passes during his three year NFL career. It just so happens, 20 of those attempts came during a wild and improbable Thanksgiving day comeback.
The Cowboys hosted the rival Redskins on Thanksgiving in 1974. Both teams entered the game battling for the playoffs and they traded field goals early on. The Redskins took a 16 3 lead in the third quarter. Then things got worse for Dallas not long after, when star quarterback Roger Stauback was forced to leave the game with an www.nflbroncosofficialstore.com/65_louis_vasquez_jersey_cheap injury.
A rookie out of Abilene Christian, Longley had never attempted a NFL pass when he stepped on the field to take over for Staubach. Most people watching thought the game was over, apparently including Redskins head coach George Allen.
"I can still see George over there after Roger got knocked out," Cowboys coach Tom Landry said, via the Chicago Tribune. "Boy, he was spitting on his hands, rubbing them. He knew he had the ballgame won."
Longley had other ideas. He came in and started attacking the Redskins. He later said he felt like a "gunfighter with the football" during the game and trusted his arm to hit open receivers. Nicknamed the "Mad Bomber" Longley did as you might expect and started throwing bombs.