2011 NFL: Thanksgiving Day Matchups–Lions, Cowboys, and Harbaugh's

Brenda SummersCorrespondent IIApril 19, 2011

Detroit Lions fans are decked in Thanksgiving Day costumes, November 24, 2005, at Ford Field, Detroit.  The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Lions 27 - 7.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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There will be three games played this year on Thanksgiving and each one will be an important match–up.

Thanksgiving Day games are a tradition and many fans revolve their entire holiday around them.

This year, we will be very busy with three games to fit in. 

You might as well plan on eating in front of the television with family and friends. It's tradition, especially when you are a Lions or Cowboys fan.

The three games announced to be played on Thanksgiving today are as following:

Game 1–Green Bay Packers at the Detroit Lions. This game will be played at 12:30pm on FOX.

Game 2–Miami Dolphins at the Dallas Cowboys. The second of three games will be played at 4:15pm on CBS.

Game 3–San Francisco 49ers at the Baltimore Ravens. The third and final game will be played at 8:20pm on NFLN. 

This last game will be known as the "Harbaugh Brother Bowl" as the two siblings, Jim and John Harbaugh are the Head Coaches for the 49ers and Ravens, respectively.

It is a long-standing tradition for the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys to play on Thanksgiving.

From 2000-2010, the Cowboys are 6–5 on Thanksgiving while the Detroit Lions are 2–9.

The Detroit Lions game will be a tough match–up this year against the reigning Super Bowl Champions, the Green Bay Packers. However, the Lions split their regular season games against the Packers last year 1-1 and have a tougher regular season schedule to prepare them this year, so anything can happen.

The Lions had a devastating lost to the New England Patriots last Thanksgiving when they were outscored in the second half with the final score being 45-24.

The Dallas Cowboys lost a close one last year to the New Orleans Saints, 20–17.

The Miami Dolphins will face the Dallas Cowboys for their second Thanksgiving Day match-up. The last one was in 2003, when the Dolphins beat the Cowboys 40–21. 

I'm sure both the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboy hosts will want to change the outcomes they had last year. 

It's a new season when everyone starts off undefeated.

All of the games should be great this year on Thanksgiving, including the "Harbaugh Brother Bowl," and are already being looked forward to with anticipation.