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Thursday, November 22, 2012
Yearbook, Nov. 22: Dramatic Thanksgiving

By Patrick Dorsey

Nov. 22, 2001: Eleven Thanksgivings ago, the holiday fell on this date -- and provided a pair of two-point games featuring dramatic (almost) comebacks.

First came the Detroit Lions, who trailed the Green Bay Packers 29-13 in the fourth quarter before fighting back to within a two-point conversion of tying at 29. But backup quarterback Mike McMahon's scrambling incompletion with 10 seconds left sealed things for the visitors, and pushed Detroit to 0-10 in the eventual 2-14 season. (Side note: Starting that game for Detroit? Charlie Batch, the starter this weekend for the Pittsburgh Steelers.)

For the second and final course, the Denver Broncos built up an even bigger lead -- 26-3 in the fourth -- but watched a Dallas Cowboys team led by Ryan Leaf claw back to within two (26-24). That ended up the final, though, when a last-ditch onside kick was recovered by the road team.

Here's to another Nov. 22 Thanksgiving filled with drama ...

Charlie Batch on Thanksgiving 2001 with the Detroit Lions
Mike McMahon with the Detroit Lions against the Green Bay Packers
Ryan Leaf with the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving in 2001