Thanksgiving 1962: Lions Face Off With 10-0 Green Bay Packers

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Thanksgiving 1962: Lions Face Off With 10-0 Green Bay Packers
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The similarities are eerie. A star quarterback, an undefeated team and a coach revered and respected by the entire NFL.

Vince Lombardi and Bart Starr went into the Thanksgiving Day match up against the Detroit Lions in 1962 in the same fashion that Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers are this upcoming week—undefeated.

They played in Lions' territory, just as they will on Thanksgiving Day, 2011.

In what ended up being called the game of the year, the Detroit Lions played fiercely to redeem a loss they suffered earlier in the season. In the lead during a Week 4 game, the Pack intercepted the Lions late, ushering in a rally and a win for Green Bay. Although that detail does not ring true for this game, we know the Lions are just as hungry to take the streak away from the Packers again.

Hopefully, though, the end result won't be the same as it was on that fateful day. After a total of 11 sacks, Bart Starr and his Green Bay Packers lost to the Lions, 26-14.

Defying the loss, Green Bay continued on to win the conference and the NFL Title for the second year in a row. Despite this, the loss to the Lions stripped them of their perfect season, something even a 'Super Bowl' win could not replace.

This time around, the Pack won't go down quite as easily. With a modern reputation to defend and the past to avenge, Aaron Rodgers is determined to end the game victorious and advance Green Bay's record to 11-0.

The last time an 11-0 record was on the line for the Packers was in 1929, against the Frankford Yellow Jackets, which resulted in a tie.

Thursday will not only be a day for family and celebrations, it will also be an opportunity for new records, validation, redemption and, most of all, revenge.

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