Detroit Lions’ Thanksgiving Day Results All Time

The Detroit Lions and Thanksgiving: An American Tradition

The Detroit Lions and Thanksgiving: An American Tradition (igourmet.com/scrapetv.com)

A Detroit Lions home game has been a Thanksgiving fixture since about 1934.  I say “about” because between the years 1939 and 1944, the Lions did not play on Thanksgiving.  In 1939 and 1940, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles faced off.  Between 1941 and 1944, there was no Thanksgiving football due to World War II.

But for 71 of the last 77 football seasons, the Lions have been the featured turkey day team – and the host, too.  Their Thanksgiving record is 33-36-2, every single game played at home.

In the beginning (1934-1938), the traditional game pitted the Lions against the Chicago Bears.  Then, between 1945 and 1950, five different teams faced Detroit (the Bears twice).

Another tradition began in 1951: the Green Bay Packers became the de facto opponent through 1963.  After that, there was no official opponent or rivalry – any team would play.

Recently, though, the Packers-Lions Thanksgiving rivalry has been renewed.  The teams have met every other year since 2007.

By the way, the Lions have lost their last seven Thanksgiving games.  I’ll update today’s results later.

Have a great Thanksgiving!  Enjoy the games.

Updated Nov. 22, 2012 to include 2011, 2012 results. The Lions have now lost the last nine Thanksgivings in a row. They have hosted a Thanksgiving game 73 of the past 79 years.  Their all-time Thanksgiving record is 33-38-2.

And hey – what about the Dallas Cowboys? They’ve played on Thanksgiving Day since 1966. Check out their results – here!

YEAR WINNER (OR TIE)
LOSER (OR TIE)
LIONS W-L-T
1934 Chicago Bears 19 Detroit Lions 16 L
1935 Detroit Lions 14 Chicago Bears 2 W
1936 Detroit Lions 13 Chicago Bears 7 W
1937 Chicago Bears 13 Detroit Lions 0 L
1938 Detroit Lions 14 Chicago Bears 7 W
1945 Cleveland Rams 28 Detroit Lions 21 L
1946 Boston Yanks 34 Detroit Lions 10 L
1947 Chicago Bears 34 Detroit Lions 14 L
1948 Chicago Cardinals 28 Detroit Lions 14 L
1949 Chicago Bears 28 Detroit Lions 7 L
1950 Detroit Lions 49 New York Yanks 14 W
1951 Detroit Lions 52 Green Bay Packers 35 W
1952 Detroit Lions 48 Green Bay Packers 24 W
1953 Detroit Lions 34 Green Bay Packers 15 W
1954 Detroit Lions 28 Green Bay Packers 24 W
1955 Detroit Lions 24 Green Bay Packers 10 W
1956 Green Bay Packers 24 Detroit Lions 20 L
1957 Detroit Lions 18 Green Bay Packers 6 W
1958 Detroit Lions 24 Green Bay Packers 14 W
1959 Green Bay Packers 24 Detroit Lions 17 L
1960 Detroit Lions 23 Green Bay Packers 10 W
1961 Green Bay Packers 17 Detroit Lions 9 L
1962 Detroit Lions 26 Green Bay Packers 14 W
1963 Detroit Lions 13 Green Bay Packers 13 T
1964 Chicago Bears 27 Detroit Lions 24 L
1965 Detroit Lions 24 Baltimore Colts 24 T
1966 San Francisco 41 Detroit Lions 14 L
1967 Los Angeles Rams 31 Detroit Lions 7 L
1968 Philadelphia Eagles 12 Detroit Lions 0 L
1969 Minnesota Vikings 27 Detroit Lions 0 L
1970 Detroit Lions 28 Oakland Raiders 14 W
1971 Detroit Lions 32 Kansas City Chiefs 21 W
1972 Detroit Lions 37 New York Jets 20 W
1973 Washington Redskins 20 Detroit Lions 0 L
1974 Denver Broncos 31 Detroit Lions 27 L
1975 Los Angeles Rams 20 Detroit Lions 0 L
1976 Detroit Lions 27 Buffalo Bills 14 W
1977 Chicago Bears 31 Detroit Lions 14 L
1978 Detroit Lions 17 Denver Broncos 14 W
1979 Detroit Lions 20 Chicago Bears 0 W
1980 Chicago Bears 23 Detroit Lions 17 L (OT)
1981 Detroit Lions 27 Kansas City Chiefs 10 W
1982 New York Giants 13 Detroit Lions 6 L
1983 Detroit Lions 45 Pittsburgh Steelers 3 W
1984 Detroit Lions 31 Green Bay Packers 28 W
1985 Detroit Lions 31 New York Jets 20 W
1986 Green Bay Packers 44 Detroit Lions 40 L
1987 Kansas City Chiefs 27 Detroit Lions 20 L
1988 Minnesota Vikings 23 Detroit Lions 0 L
1989 Detroit Lions 13 Cleveland Browns 10 W
1990 Detroit Lions 40 Denver Broncos 27 W
1991 Detroit Lions 16 Chicago Bears 6 W
1992 Houston Oilers 24 Detroit Lions 21 L
1993 Chicago Bears 10 Detroit Lions 6 L
1994 Detroit Lions 35 Buffalo Bills 21 W
1995 Detroit Lions 44 Minnesota Vikings 38 W
1996 Kansas City Chiefs 28 Detroit Lions 24 L
1997 Detroit Lions 55 Chicago Bears 20 W
1998 Detroit Lions 19 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 W (OT)
1999 Detroit Lions 21 Chicago Bears 17 W
2000 Detroit Lions 34 New England Patriots 9 W
2001 Green Bay Packers 29 Detroit Lions 27 L
2002 New England Patriots 20 Detroit Lions 12 L
2003 Detroit Lions 22 Green Bay Packers 14 W
2004 Indianapolis Colts 41 Detroit Lions 9 L
2005 Atlanta Falcons 27 Detroit Lions 7 L
2006 Miami Dolphins 27 Detroit Lions 10 L
2007 Green Bay Packers 37 Detroit Lions 26 L
2008 Tennesseee Titans 47 Detroit Lions 10 L
2009 Green Bay Packers 34 Detroit Lions 12 L
2010 New England Patriots 45 Detroit Lions 24 L
2011 Green Bay Packers 27 Detroit Lions 15 L
2012 Houston Texans 34 Detroit Lions 31 L (OT)
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