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Cowboys-Bears consecutive Thursday games not unprecedented

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The 2014 schedule taps the Cowboys and the Bears to play on consecutive Thursdays, against other foes on Thanksgiving and each other seven days later.

As it turns out, it’s not unprecedented.

In 2007, the Packers and Cowboys got together in Dallas on a Thursday night, seven days after the Packers played in Detroit and the Cowboys hosted the Jets on Thanksgiving.

The Cowboys won the battle of 10-1 teams, which created a ton of interest in the then-two-year-old NFL Network Thursday night package but also resulted in criticism of the relegation of a great game to cable TV.

It’s likely the Packers-Cowboys game has become largely forgotten because of another NFL Network game from later in the year that was sufficiently significant to prompt the league to simulcast it on NBC and CBS.

On the final weekend of the regular season, the Patriots faced the Giants for a game that had zero playoff ramifications but extreme historical implications.  The undefeated Patriots edged the Giants, 38-35, becoming the first team in league history to complete the regular season with a 16-0 record.

For the Giants, the shot of confidence that came from giving the Patriots all they could handle helped fuel a postseason run that included wins at Dallas, at Green Bay, and in the Super Bowl over the Patriots, stopping them from a 19-0 finish to the season.

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5 Responses to “Cowboys-Bears consecutive Thursday games not unprecedented”
  1. hodous says: Apr 24, 2014 9:16 AM

    Back to Back wins, Easiest part of the schedule.
    – bears fan

  2. sdsmooth says: Apr 24, 2014 9:22 AM

    I remember that 2007 Packer/Cowboy match-up well. The Packers were down early with Favre playing poorly and eventually getting hurt. Aaron Rodgers came in and played well. This game allowed the Packers to have confidence in Rodgers and gave a glimpse of the future.

  3. axespray says: Apr 24, 2014 5:29 PM

    If not for this game, who knows if the Pack go all in on Rodgers over Favre when 08 rolled around.

  4. glennsyank13 says: Apr 25, 2014 2:20 PM

    Favre as always was terrible in Dallas. Favre probably couldnt stand being upstaged by his backup there.

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 26, 2014 10:00 AM

    Ahhhh, I remember it well. That’s the night I knew Rodgers was better than Favre, and that he was destined to bring us Superbowl glory.

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