2012 NFL Thanksgiving Games feature Offensive Explosions

While people were getting stuffed on turkey and potatoes yesterday, several NFL teams were busy stuffing the stat sheets. In fact, five out of the six teams that played yesterday scored at least 31 points, which provided some of the best football that we’ve ever seen on Thanksgiving. That said, let’s discuss all three games that happened yesterday and who the biggest stars were.

Houston Texans edge Detroit Lions 34-31 in Overtime

Few people were expecting the 4-7 Lions to push the 10-1 Houston Texans. But Detroit more than pushed the Texans and had a few different chances to win the game.

Lions QB Matt Stafford had a strong game against one of the NFL’s best secondaries as he threw for 441 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, he helped the Lions grab a 10-point lead in the third quarter.

However, the Texans caught a break when Justin Forsett ran for an 81-yard touchdown where replays showed that he was down at midfield. But Lions coach Jim Schwartz ruined any chance to look at the replay when he threw a challenge flag, which is an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty since all scoring plays are automatically reviewed. But due to the penalty, the 81-yard TD stood and pulled Houston within three points.

The game eventually went into overtime where Detroit’s Jason Hansen had a chance to win it with a 47-yard field goal; but he missed and left the door wide open for Shayne Graham’s game-winning field goal.

Washington Redskins hold off Dallas Cowboys in 38-31 win

The Redskins-Cowboys game had all the makings of a blowout since Washington led 28-3 at halftime. However, the Cowboys made a furious comeback thanks to 441 passing yards and three touchdowns by QB Tony Romo. WR Dez Bryant also had a monster game after catching eight passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

However, Dallas could never quite cover the gap that was caused by Redskins QB Robert Griffith III when he threw for 178 yards and three touchdowns in the second quarter. Overall, the standout rookie racked up 311 passing yards and four touchdowns on the night, while RB Alfred Morris ran for 113 yards and a score.

New England destroys New York Jets 49-19

While the first two games on Sunday were fairly close, this one was a massacre! Following a scoreless first quarter, New England rocked New York in the second quarter after scoring five touchdowns – four of which came in a six-minute span.

Perhaps the most crushing score came from safety Steve Gregory when he returned a Mark Sanchez fumble 32 yards for a touchdown. Patriots QB Tom Brady also threw an 83-yard TD pass to Shane Vereen during the second quarter. Brady finished the game with 323 passing yards, three passing TD’s and one rushing touchdown.