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Seahawks-49ers cap Thanksgiving divisional tripleheader

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That captive Thanksgiving audience will be captivated by the last of the games to be played on the fourth Thursday in November.  And there’s a good chance the game will feature some gobble, gobble, turkey from some jive-turkey gobblers.

On that night in San Francisco, the Seahawks and 49ers will square off in a game televised coast to coast by NBC.

It’s the third straight divisional game since the Thanksgiving night contest moved to NBC, and the third Thanksgiving night game in four years involving a Harbaugh.  Jim, if you haven’t heard, coaches the 49ers.  Last year, John’s Ravens hosted the Steelers.  Two years before that, the 49ers and Ravens squared off.

The other games won’t be all that bad, either.  For the Lions, the options were believed to be the Bills and the Dolphins, and the Bills’ website (which has had a very bad year) previously leaked that the Bills would play at Detroit.  Instead, it’s the Bears.

Then, the Cowboys host Chip Kelly and company, as the Eagles come to town for the Tryptophan game, which likely won’t put anyone to sleep this year.

The decision to send Chicago to Detroit for a game to be televised by CBS illustrates the wrinkle in the new TV deals that allows for games that typically would land on FOX being televised by CBS, and vice-versa.  Typically, FOX has games involving NFC teams and interconference games where the NFC team is the visitor.  CBS usually televises AFC vs. AFC games, and AFC vs. NFC when the AFC team is the road team.

With the NFL opting for the more intense action of games played between teams that face each other twice per year, CBS gets a game that otherwise would be on FOX.

And we all get what could be a great day — and night — of football action.

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23 Responses to “Seahawks-49ers cap Thanksgiving divisional tripleheader”
  1. pmars64 says: Apr 23, 2014 8:04 PM

    Major divisional games should NEVER be played on Thursday nights. It’s a MAJOR disadvantage for both teams, particularly the visitors. Truly lousy scheduling. NFL playing favorites again with its marquee franchises. I haven’t looked at the schedule yet but I’ll be shocked if either Pittsburgh, Dallas, GB, SF, NE, are on the road on a Thursday night, especially against a major rival.

  2. thekiller678 says: Apr 23, 2014 8:05 PM

    Finally! I never understood why you WOULDN’T make these games divisional match-ups. Sorry but nobody is getting fired up for a big Cowboys-Raiders game or Lions-Bills.

  3. lks311 says: Apr 23, 2014 8:12 PM

    No AFC teams on Turkey Day…Bills gets punished for “leaking” game.
    #NoSoupForYou

  4. talkingproud says: Apr 23, 2014 8:13 PM

    Can’t trust the Bills to get anything right. Ever.

  5. Norseman says: Apr 23, 2014 8:33 PM

    Certainly better than the Lions game. No matter who they play.

  6. rickrock6661982 says: Apr 23, 2014 8:55 PM

    The Lions have been horrible for years and now you change the formula by inserting another NFC team against them?

    $$$

  7. jdogg76 says: Apr 23, 2014 9:17 PM

    why no AFC games I hate Goodell

  8. oldcracker says: Apr 23, 2014 9:18 PM

    Maybe I’m old school but, Thanksgiving Day football IS the Lions! The “Johnny-come-lately” Cowboys stink up the holidays for me.

  9. lks311 says: Apr 23, 2014 9:23 PM

    rickrock6661982 says:
    Apr 23, 2014 8:55 PM
    The Lions have been horrible for years and now you change the formula by inserting another NFC team against them?
    ——
    You mean like last year’s 40-10 drubbing of the Pack?

  10. jdoggchiefs says: Apr 23, 2014 9:26 PM

    Chiefs. Just wait !!

  11. bert1913 says: Apr 23, 2014 9:27 PM

    i hope the rival between the SEATTLE seahawks and the SANTA CLARA 49ers is good as the SEATTLE seahawks and the SAN FRANCISCO 49ers was.

  12. Frazier28/7 says: Apr 23, 2014 9:48 PM

    Nice! bears-lions, eagles-cowboys, seahawks-9ers! 2 explosive offenses, 2 great old rivals and then the greatest present day rivalry.

  13. beavertonsteve says: Apr 23, 2014 9:51 PM

    Did I read this right. Thanksgiving will be entirely NFC teams?

  14. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 23, 2014 9:55 PM

    49ers at Seattle. Denver at New England. Those will be the last four teams standing. Again. The Super Bowl is up in the air between those four teams, but it is an absolute certainty.

  15. bassplucker says: Apr 23, 2014 10:06 PM

    One of the Bears worst performances ever was a blowout loss to the Lions in a Turkey Day game back a few years ago. Bears fans may be wishing it was still the Bills making that trip.

  16. higheriqthanyou says: Apr 23, 2014 10:22 PM

    I suspect San Fran will have faded by then…

    Smith suspension along with Bowman’s injury and suspect DBS will really hurt the defense.

    A pouting Kap along with an aged Gore will hurt the offense.

  17. dubblelznhell says: Apr 23, 2014 10:23 PM

    Jim Harbaugh will not win a Super Bowl. The Ravens 2 years ago was his one and only chance….

  18. beastmode5150 says: Apr 23, 2014 11:12 PM

    Both teams screwed. God-ell hates the NFC West.

  19. Hugh Jass says: Apr 23, 2014 11:30 PM

    Good….I will enjoy watching the Hawks pound the 4Whiners and criminals in company

  20. watermelon1 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:34 AM

    NFL loves putting the Harbaugh brothers on thanksgiving!

  21. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 24, 2014 4:56 AM

    It will take exciting games to prevent the obligatory turkey coma.

  22. kvt7280 says: Apr 24, 2014 12:15 PM

    I know its tradition that the Cowboys and Lions play every year on Thanksgiving but they should change it. Rotate it every year so every team gets a chance to play on Thanksgiving once. I know the Raiders, Browns, Jaguars suck but they should get a chance on National TV at least once in their franchise history.

  23. kaepknows says: Apr 24, 2014 2:15 PM

    Its funny how people are saying Santa Clara 49ers. Everything they have done……besides play their games has been in Santa Clara for years now.

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