All the home teams won in Thanksgiving Thursday games. The Detroit Lions spotted Green Bay an early 10-3 lead, then scored the next 37 points to take a decisive 40-10 win in Detroit. Matt Stafford and Reggie Bush led the way, as Stafford threw three touchdown passes, one to Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush had 182 yards of offfense and scored a TD. The Packers again had to play without Aaron Rodgers and continue to struggle without him. It was the first win on Thanksgiving for the Lions in a decade. They also took over first place in the NFC North with their 7-5 record, while the Pack slipped to 5-6-1. Detroit had also lost five straight to the Packers before Thursday.
Dallas spotted the Oakland Raiders a 21-7 lead early, that included a fumbled opening kickoff for a Raider score, but then were able to score 24 consecutive points to take a 31-24 win. DeMarco Murray scored three touchdowns to lead the way and Tony Romo steadied the offense. The Cowboys took over first place in the NFC East, moving to 7-5, one win better than the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Baltimore Ravens were just able to hold on to a 22-20 win over the Rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Justin Tucker booted five field goals and the Raven were able to stop an attempted two point conversion try that would have tied the game. The Ravens had led 16-0 before a near comeback by the Steelers. After a touchdown pass of one yard from Ben Rothlisberger to Jerricho Cotchery, an attempted two point conversion pass went through the hands of Emmanuel Sanders. Then Ravens got the ball back and ran out the clock. Baltimore is now 6-6 and has the top position for the second Wildcard berth in the AFC. The Steelers dropped to 5-7.