The Seattle Seahawks have played in plenty of big games on big days across the franchise’s relatively short history. They have another in store Thursday with their Thanksgiving Day game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Has Seattle ever hosted a game on Thanksgiving?
Have the Seattle Seahawks Hosted on Thanksgiving?
Some teams are mainstays of Thanksgiving games, including the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys, which have long-running streaks of playing on the day.
Seattle is not one of those teams, having just four games ever on the day.
The Seahawks’ first Thanksgiving Day appearance came on Nov. 27, 1980, as they traveled down to Texas for a clash with the Cowboys. They lost the contest 51-7 amid a nine-game losing streak to end a 4-12 season.
Seattle then got some Thanksgiving revenge against Dallas on Nov. 27, 1986, as they took a 31-14 victory back home with them from another trip to the Lone Star State. Dave Krieg led the Seahawks’ offense in throwing for 214 yards and two touchdowns, while Curt Warner ran for 122 yards and one score.
The teams squared off for a third time on Thanksgiving Day in 2008, which was Nov. 27 once again that year. The Cowboys got the last laugh in that one, taking a 34-9 win on their home field behind Tony Romo throwing for 331 yards and three touchdowns as Jason Witten caught nine passes for 115 yards and a score.
Then came Seattle’s 2014 meeting with the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco, a rematch of the 2013 season’s NFC Championship Game. The Seahawks beat the 49ers in that prior contest on their way to winning Super Bowl 48 over the Denver Broncos and did so again more than nine months later on Thanksgiving.
Seattle took a 19-3 win over San Francisco that day behind 236 passing yards and a touchdown from Russell Wilson, along with 104 rushing yards by Marshawn Lynch, evening its Thanksgiving Day record at 2-2 all-time.
Seahawks Host for the First Time
The Seahawks have not hosted any of their first four Thanksgiving Day games, but that will change tonight when they host the 49ers at Lumen Field in Seattle.
It’s a key game for the Seahawks in Thanksgiving history as they look to go above .500 on the day for the first time ever. There are also plenty of implications for this year’s playoff picture and NFC West race as Seattle (6-4) sits just one game back of San Francisco (7-3) for the division lead.
A 49ers win would help solidify their divisional lead, while a Seahawks victory would tighten up the race for the division title.
It should all make for an intriguing nightcap to the NFL’s Thanksgiving slate — there’s plenty on the line, historically and in the context of the season.
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