Only A Real Turkey Couldn’t Pass This NFL Thanksgiving Day Quiz

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Who likes turkey and football? Oh good, you’ve come to the right place! While you’re indulging on some delicious food and watching sacks and touchdowns, this quiz will test your knowledge for Thanksgiving football.

It has a long history, but it’s full of exciting facts. It’s an American pastime and almost a given that after a long meal of turkey, gravy, and all the fixings, you sit back on the couch to watch America’s team in action. You either know your football or it might be time to put the turkey down. Find out if you’re a football junkie or if you should go back for seconds.

On November 30, 1922, The First Thanksgiving Matchup Took Place Between Two Modern NFL Teams. Which Team Did The Chicago Bears Lose To?

Retry Correct Incorrect From 1920-1959, the Cardinals spent their first 40 seasons in Chicago. They rivaled the Bears at the time. Both teams would play each other every Thanksgiving from 1922 to 1933.
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Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images

On November 30, 1922, The First Thanksgiving Matchup Took Place Between Two Modern NFL Teams. Which Team Did The Chicago Bears Lose To?

  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Chicago Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals)
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Washington Redskins
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The Detroit Lions Hosted Their Thanksgiving Game On A Regular Basis Starting In 1945. They Didn’t Get Their First Win Until 1950. Which Team Did They Defeat?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Lions defeated the Yanks 49-14. After that game, the Lions would host the Green Packers in every Thanksgiving from 1951 to 1963. For the Yanks, they folded in 1951.
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Brian Brainerd/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The Detroit Lions Hosted Their Thanksgiving Game On A Regular Basis Starting In 1945. They Didn’t Get Their First Win Until 1950. Which Team Did They Defeat?

  • Chicago Bears
  • Baltimore Colts
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • New York Yanks
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It Wasn’t Until 1966 When The Dallas Cowboys Got In On The Thanksgiving Tradition. Which Team Beat The Cowboys In Their First Game?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Cleveland Browns beat the Cowboys 26-14. Since 1966, Dallas has hosted a Thanksgiving game every year except for in 1975 and 1977, when they were played by the St. Louis Cardinals.
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John Sunderland/The Denver Post via Getty Images

It Wasn’t Until 1966 When The Dallas Cowboys Got In On The Thanksgiving Tradition. Which Team Beat The Cowboys In Their First Game?

  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Green Bay Packers
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Which Dallas Cowboy Holds The NFL Record For Most Catches On Thanksgiving Day?

Retry Correct Incorrect Jason Witten played in 14 Thanksgiving games over the course of his career. The former tight end holds the NFL record with 73 catches. Calvin Johnson and Herman Moore sit second and third, respectively.
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Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images

Which Dallas Cowboy Holds The NFL Record For Most Catches On Thanksgiving Day?

  • Michael Beasley
  • Michael Irvin
  • Emmitt Smith
  • Jason Witten
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In 1989, The Cowboys Got Shutout For The First Time. Which NFC East Rival Won 27-0 In The Bounty Bowl?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Cowboys accused the Eagles of placing a bounty on placekicker Luis Zendejas, whom Philadelphia cut earlier that season. The Eagles would win the second divisional match, Bounty Bowl II, 20-10.
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In 1989, The Cowboys Got Shutout For The First Time. Which NFC East Rival Won 27-0 In The Bounty Bowl?

  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Phoenix Cardinals
  • Washington Redskins
  • New York Giants
20%

In 1998, The Thanksgiving Game Between The Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions Featured A Controversial Call On A Coin Flip To Begin Overtime. Which NFL Referee Made The Coin Toss?

Retry Correct Incorrect Jerome Bettis started to call “heads” before switching it to “tails”. Luckett heard the beginning of “heads” first, and had to go with Bettis’s first choice. As a result, the coin toss rules were changed so that the visiting captain calls the toss before it happens, and the referee announces the choice to confirm it.
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Sporting News via Getty Images

In 1998, The Thanksgiving Game Between The Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions Featured A Controversial Call On A Coin Flip To Begin Overtime. Which NFL Referee Made The Coin Toss?

  • Kerry Fraser
  • Tim Dongaghy
  • Joe West
  • Phil Luckett
25%

Which NFL Team Has NEVER Played On Thanksgiving

Retry Correct Incorrect The Jaguars have never played on Thanksgiving. Both the Texans and Panthers would make their first appearances respectively in 2012 and 2015. They both went on to beat the Lions and Cowboys.
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Andy Lyons /Allsport

Which NFL Team Has NEVER Played On Thanksgiving

  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Houston Texans
  • Carolina Panthers
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
30%

How Many Thanksgiving Games Have Gone To Overtime?

Retry Correct Incorrect Five games have gone into overtime. The first was in 1980 between the Bears and Lions. Four more overtimes followed in 1987, 1998, 2005, with the last one happening in 2012.
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Andy Lyons /Allsport

How Many Thanksgiving Games Have Gone To Overtime?

  • Five
  • Two
  • Three
  • Four
35%

The AFL Got Into The Thanksgiving Fun In 1960. Which Franchise Hosted The AFL’s First Thanksgiving Game?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Titans were the home team in a 41-35 victory against the Dallas Texans. The Titans would win a year later, defeating the Buffalo Bills 21-14. The third and final game was a 46-45 victory in Denver.
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Rick Stewart /Allsport

The AFL Got Into The Thanksgiving Fun In 1960. Which Franchise Hosted The AFL’s First Thanksgiving Game?

  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Boston Patriots
  • New York Titans
  • Buffalo Bills
40%

Where Did The Cowboys Play Their First Thanksgiving Day Game?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Cotton Bowl was home of the Cowboys from 1960 through 1971. It was the site of the first Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game in 1966. They beat the Browns in front of 82,259 fans.
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Gene Lower/Getty Images

Where Did The Cowboys Play Their First Thanksgiving Day Game?

  • The Cotton Bowl
  • Astrodome
  • The Ford Center At The Star
  • Texas Stadium
45%

Since 1997 The Cowboys Have Used Halftime On Thanksgiving Day To Launch The Annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Kickoff. Who Was The First To Perform?

Retry Correct Incorrect McEntire was the first to perform at halftime. She also performed a special song due to her admiration for The Salvation Army. The musician wanted to help them and the Cowboys draw attention to the annual Red Kettle Campaign.
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James D. Smith/Icon SMI/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images

Since 1997 The Cowboys Have Used Halftime On Thanksgiving Day To Launch The Annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Kickoff. Who Was The First To Perform?

  • Sheryl Crow
  • No Doubt
  • Dolly Parton
  • Reba McEntire
50%

In 2011, Three Games Were Played. The Night Game Between The Baltimore Ravens And San Francisco 49ers Pitted Two Brothers Against Each Other. Who Were They?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Harbaugh’s would end up coaching against each other. John’s Ravens would beat Jim’s 49ers 16-6. Interestingly enough, the brothers would square off in Super Bowl XLVII, with the Ravens taking home the Lombardi Trophy.
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In 2011, Three Games Were Played. The Night Game Between The Baltimore Ravens And San Francisco 49ers Pitted Two Brothers Against Each Other. Who Were They?

  • TJ & JJ Watt
  • Rob & Chris Gronkowski
  • Eli & Peyton Manning
  • Jim & John Harbaugh
55%

What Year Did The NFL Start Having Three Games Instead Of Two?

Retry Correct Incorrect Since 2006, three games have been played on Thanksgiving. In addition to the traditional Detroit and Dallas games, a third game is played on primetime and televised by NFL Network.
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PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images

What Year Did The NFL Start Having Three Games Instead Of Two?

  • 2004
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2005
60%

Who Is The Only Undefeated Team On Thanksgiving (Minimum Two Games Played)

Retry Correct Incorrect Surprisingly, the Ravens have won twice, and are the only team that’s played more than one game and never lost. Carolina, Houston, and New Orleans all have one victory in their lone appearances.
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RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images

Who Is The Only Undefeated Team On Thanksgiving (Minimum Two Games Played)

  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • New Orleans Saints
65%

In 1989, John Madden Awarded The First “Turkey Leg Award.” Who Was The First Recipient?

Retry Correct Incorrect Reggie White of the Eagles was the first recipient. The gesture is a humorous gimmick, relating to Madden’s infamous multi-legged turkey. Since then, the award has gained subtle notoriety on Thanksgiving.
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Focus on Sport/Getty Images

In 1989, John Madden Awarded The First “Turkey Leg Award.” Who Was The First Recipient?

  • Warren Moon
  • Joe Montana
  • Reggie White
  • Barry Sanders
70%

Who Sang The Star Spangled Banner At The Lions Game In 2017?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Queen of Soul gave an iconic performance that sent shivers down our spines. There was no other performance that could top hers, and the world lost an icon on August 13, 2018.
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Tim Broekema /Allsport

Who Sang The Star Spangled Banner At The Lions Game In 2017?

  • Aretha Franklin
  • Beyonce
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Eminem
75%

Excluding Detroit And Dallas, Which Team Has Played The Most Thanksgiving Games?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Packers have appeared in an astounding 36 games. Overall, their record is 14-20-2, with their last appearance being in 2015. The Chicago Bears are close behind with 34 appearances.
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DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images

Excluding Detroit And Dallas, Which Team Has Played The Most Thanksgiving Games?

  • Washington Redskins
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • Chicago Bears
  • Green Bay Packers
80%

Who Is The Only Team To Never Win On Thanksgiving (Minimum Two Games Played)

Retry Correct Incorrect The Browns have never won on Thanksgiving Day. Their last appearance was in 1989, and they’ve gone 0-3 overall. This does not include the 3-0 record when they were a member of the All-American Football Conference.
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Andy Lyons /Allsport

Who Is The Only Team To Never Win On Thanksgiving (Minimum Two Games Played)

  • Cleveland Browns
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
85%

In 2017, The Galloping Gobbler Was Permanently Retired For The Game Ball. Who Took Home The Honors?

Retry Correct Incorrect Keenum took home the Game Ball. The quarterback completed 21 out of 30 passes attempted with 282 passing yards and two touchdowns. Keenum helped the Vikings win 30-23, and marched all the way to the NFC Championship Game.
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Chris Covatta/Getty Images

In 2017, The Galloping Gobbler Was Permanently Retired For The Game Ball. Who Took Home The Honors?

  • Stefon Diggs
  • Matthew Stafford
  • Kenny Golladay
  • Case Keenum
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2006 Marked The First Time The NFL Staged Three Games. Which Two AFC Rivals Mixed It Up In The Primetime Game?

Retry Correct Incorrect Denver’s 19-10 loss to Kansas City was a factor in leading Denver into a tie at 9-7. Due to Kansas City having a better record than Denver did against its divisional opponents in the AFC West, they made the playoffs and the Broncos didn’t.
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MONICA M. DAVEY/AFP/Getty Images

2006 Marked The First Time The NFL Staged Three Games. Which Two AFC Rivals Mixed It Up In The Primetime Game?

  • Indianapolis and Houston
  • Pittsburgh and Baltimore
  • Buffalo and New York
  • Denver and Kansas City
95%

Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

Retry Turkey Coma Put the drumstick down! You’ve entered a turkey coma and need to start watching more football! Shame on you. Partial Turkey Coma Guess what? You managed to watch some football, but not a lot of it. At least you tried. WINNER WINNER, TURKEY DINNER! Scoring this high on the quiz means you care more about football than a turkey coma. Give yourself a pat on the shoulder.
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