Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things that you’re grateful for, do some holiday shopping, and get together with family. Family gathers around the table for dinner with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and… TOUCHDOWN! That’s right, don’t forget about the tradition of Thanksgiving Day football. Dating all the way back to 1876, Thanksgiving Day football began around the time that football was invented. It was first played between high school and college teams. In that year, Yale and Princeton began an annual tradition of playing each other on Thanksgiving.
In 1920, The National Football League on Thanksgiving Day started a tradition that remains a normal way of life in the United States. Three games are played, with the first two hosted by the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys. The Lions will host the Chicago Bears and the Cowboys will host the Philadelphia Eagles. These matchups have made for some memorable Thanksgiving Day games over the years. In 1980, Detroit and Chicago were tied 17-17 and headed to overtime, only for the Bears running back to return the opening kickoff 95 yards for the game-winning touchdown. It was the first Thanksgiving overtime game and the shortest overtime period in NFL history at that time.
Since 2006, a third game is played at night with no fixed opponents. This year the San Francisco 49ers will host the Seattle Seahawks. These two teams have developed a bitter rivalry over the past few years since Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson have become quarterbacks. The college football rivalry between now head coaches Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll has only added fuel to the fire. However, the 49ers have won 5 straight games played in the Bay Area against Seattle and will certainly look to extend that record. It should definitely be a great game and hopefully one for the ages!
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Traditionally, most people celebrate Thanksgiving in their home with friends and family, but this awesome event at Levi’s Stadium gives the opportunity to celebrate the holiday with your 49er family! The Niners have never hosted a game on this holiday, so enjoy the chance of a possible once in a lifetime experience! For tickets and directions from around the Bay Area, please visit: http://www.levisstadium.com/events/event/49ers-vs-seahawks/. At Peninsula Auto Body, we’re very excited that we get to watch our boys in Red & Gold take the field at home as we scarf down some turkey, stuffing, and some pumpkin pie! We would also like to say a special thank you to all of our customers. We hope you and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!