Detroit Lions throttle Philadelphia Eagles 45 - 14

Detroit celebrates "America's Thanksgiving Parade" in the downtown

Posted In: Sports, Local Sports, National Sports,   By: Thomas Baird

27th November, 2015     0

Detroit, MI -  What a day in downtown Detroit!   The annual Thanksgiving Day parade called America's Thanksgiving Day Parade went off first in the packed downtown in 50 degree weather.   Then the masses moved over to Ford Field to watch the other annual event in the Downtown.   The Lions have been playing a Thanksgiving Day game since 1934.   This years opponent would be the Philadelphia Eagles who are struggling themselves under head coach Chip Kelly.  

First the Parade which kicked off down Woodward Avenue at 8:50a.m. under cloudy but warm skies for November 26 with temperature in the 50's.   The parade would take almost 2 1/2 hours to complete from start to finish.    The parade featured over 12 marching bands and almost 20 hot air balloons along the Parade route of nearly 3 miles. 

The fun started at Ford Field at 12:30 with the now hot Detroit Lions riding a two game winning streak.   After a poor first series the Lions would score on their next six possessions.   They would march out to a commanding 24 - 7 lead at halftime in the nationally televised game.  The defense stepped up its game today keeping the pressure on Eagle quarterback Mark Sanchez sacking him 5 times.   Ziggy Ansah would get to Sanchez for 3 1/2 sacks on the day.   The Lions who would win the game convincingly 45 - 14 keep the Eagles off the scoreboard most of the day.   They would give up a meaningless touchdown late in the game to make the final score 45-14. 

Having a career day Lions quarterback Matt Stafford would pass for 5 touchdowns in the game to tie a personal high.   On the day he would go 27 out of 38 passes for 337 yards.  Top notch receiver Calvin Johnson would catch 3 touchdown passes in the game.  He would finish with 8 receptions good for 93 yards.   With the win the Lions now are in a three game winning streak and one could hear the fans leaving the game starting to use that word "playoffs" again.   The win now moved the Lions to 4-7 in the North Division while the Eagles dropped to 4-7.  The Lions now will face their long time rival the Green Bay Packers in a rare Thursday night contest at Ford Field on December 3.   Who knows with a couple more wins the Lions could maybe start talking about the playoffs again.   They had fallen hard in the first half of the season with the 1-7 record all the way from making the playoffs in 2014. 

Also I have included several photos from the American Thanksgiving Parade.  

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