November 25, 2010

Saints to play their first Thanksgiving game in team history

The Saints are in Dallas today to play the franchise's first Thanksgiving day game.

New Orleans has played in only four Thursday games in team history, but never in the Thanksgiving Day series.  The Saints are 2-2 in Thursday games.

The Saints beat the Falcons 22-14 in 1992 on Thursday, December 3rd.  The Saints crept to a 9-0 halftime lead before an active second half redeemed the game.  The Saints won on the strength of five Morten Andersen field goals. The game featured second half defensive touchdowns for both teams, including a Toi Cook interception return to ice the game.

It would be 15 years until the Saints would play on Thursday again.  The Colts shot down the high-flying Saints in the 2007 regular season opener, with Saints CB Jason David recording a memorable performance against his old team.

The Saints played the next year on Thursday night football in windy, cold Chicago.  A wild game saw the Saints overcome a 21-7 halftime deficit to take a late lead on the arm of Drew Brees, but the Bears tied the game up and then won in overtime, 27-24, on two field goals.  It was the third straight season the Saints had been eliminated from the post-season in the Windy City.

Two years after that game and nearly three months before today, the Saints and Vikings kicked off this regular season with a Thursday night slugfest.  The Saints smothered Brett Favre and his offense in a rematch of the 2009 NFC Championship game, winning 14-9 and pitching a second half shutout of Favre.

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