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Packers win first Thanksgiving Day game since 2011, defeat Lions

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Green Bay Packers fans are having an even better Thanksgiving than they may have beforehand. Their favorite team won their first Thanksgiving Day game in 12 years.

The Packers won 29-22 over the Lions on Thursday at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love throws a pass against the Detroit Lions during the third quarter of the game
Jordan Love throws a pass against the Detroit Lions during the third quarter of the game (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

It was the Packers first win on Thanksgiving Day since 2011. That’s when they defeated the Lions 27-15 at Ford Field.

Despite the loss, the Lions lead the all time series 12-9-1 over the Packers on Thanksgiving. It was the first Thanksgiving Day game between the two teams since 2013.

The Lions had won the previous Thanksgiving meeting 40-10 over the Packers.

Detroit has dropped their seventh straight Thanksgiving Day game. Their last Thanksgiving Day win came in 2016 when they won 16-13 over the Minnesota Vikings on November 24th, 2016.

Green Bay is now 15-20-2 on Thanksgiving Day. Detroit fell to 37-45-2 on the Holiday.

Packers quarterback Jordan Love went 22 of 32 for 268 yards. He had two touchdown passes.

AJ Dillon led the backs with 14 carries for 43 yards. Christian Watson had five receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown.

Lions quarterback Jared Goff went 29 of 44 for 332 yards. He also had two touchdown passes.

David Montgomery had 15 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown. Amon-Ra St. Brown had nine receptions for 95 yards.

The Lions outscored the Packers in the second half. Montgomery scored on a six yard rushing touchdown.

Following the score, Montgomery converted the two point conversion.

Goff hit Josh Reynolds for a 12-yard touchdown reception. Following the score, the Lions converted their second two-point conversion when Goff hit LaPorta.

Packers scored just once in the second half. Love hit Watson for a 16 yard touchdown reception.

Green Bay led 23-6 at halftime due to two Lions mistakes. Love hit Jayden Reed for a 10-yard touchdown reception.

After the Lions fumbled the ball, Love hit Tucker Kraft for a nine-yard touchdown reception.

Shortly thereafter, the Lions fumbled the ball once again. Goff was sacked by Packers star Rashad Gray. Goff fumbled the ball.

Jonathan Owens scooped up the ball and returned it for a 27-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Packers kicker Anders Carlson also made a 43-yard field goal.

Lions’ Goff hit LaPorta for a seven-yard touchdown reception.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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