'Tis the Season

The Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving: My Top 10 All-Time Turkey Games

It was 16 years ago today that a red-headed backup quarterback from Princeton authored one of the most amazing holiday scripts in Dallas Cowboys' history.

Thanksgiving Day, 1994. With Troy Aikman and Rodney Peete out with injuries, Dallas' third-stringer stepped in and promptly fell behind the Green Bay Packers, 17-3, at Texas Stadium. But in a performance that was as amazing as it was surprising, the quarterback threw for 311 yards, tossed long touchdowns to Alvin Harper and Michael Irvin, and led the Cowboys to a team-record 36 second-half points in a rousing 42-31 victory.

The quarterback that day will be the head coach tomorrow: Jason Garrett.

Ah, the magic of Thanksgiving.

​The turkey. The dressing. The relatives and the heartburn, neither of which will leave. The Salvation Army's red kettle. The classic opponents, including this year's New Orleans Saints. The grandiose halftime show, tomorrow featuring Keith Urban. The - usually anyway - Cowboys' victory.

Dallas is 27-14-1 all-time on Turkey Day. Some of them - for better or for worse - you might remember ...

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Richie Whitt
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