NFL Network Thursday Night Football results (2006–present)

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The following is a detailed list of results and scores from National Football League games aired on NFL Network's Thursday Night Football. Starting with the 2006 NFL season, NFL Network was awarded the rights to air Thursday night games (with some extra broadcasts on Saturday nights). Previously, games played on Thursdays were broadcast on TNT and ESPN.

Results by season[edit]

Listed below are games and their respective results played from 2006—present.

2006 season[edit]

Main article: 2006 NFL season
Day Date Visiting team Final score Host team Stadium Game notes
Thursday November 23 Denver Broncos 10–19 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium First prime-time Thanksgiving game in NFL history held in the request of Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, who had asked the NFL to schedule a third game for years. At the time of the game, Hunt was hospitalized in Dallas, Texas, and died weeks later at the age of 74.
Thursday November 30 Baltimore Ravens 7–13 Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium
Thursday December 7 Cleveland Browns 7–27 Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field
Thursday December 14 San Francisco 49ers 24–14 Seattle Seahawks Qwest Field Unsafe weather conditions and rain storm delay game by twenty minutes.
Saturday December 16 Dallas Cowboys 38–28 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome After the Cowboys-Falcons game, Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens came to the NFL Total Access set and acknowledged spitting in the face of Falcons' cornerback DeAngelo Hall early in the contest. There is no video, from that night's telecast or any other source, that is known to have captured the incident, but Owens was fined $30,000 by the NFL.
Thursday December 21 Minnesota Vikings 7–9 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field
Saturday December 23 Kansas City Chiefs 20–9 Oakland Raiders McAfee Coliseum Sideline reporter Adam Schefter reported that the Oakland Raiders had begun the process to fire head coach Art Shell, which was immediately refuted by Al Davis. Weeks later, the report was true and the Raiders indeed relieved Shell of his duties.
Saturday December 30 New York Giants 34–28 Washington Redskins FedEx Field

Additional notes[edit]

According to Nielsen Media Research, the Broncos-Chiefs game that opened this package was the highest-rated program on cable/satellite TV in the United States on November 23, 2006, with a 6.8 rating (among available households) and an average of 4.2 million households. These numbers are especially remarkable, considering that millions of potential fans were unable to see the game due to their cable systems not making it available to them.

2007 season[edit]

Main article: 2007 NFL season
Day Date Visiting team Final score Host team Stadium Game notes
Thursday November 22 Indianapolis Colts 31–13 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome Fifth straight Thanksgiving Day start for QB Joey Harrington, who was on his third different team in as many years.
Thursday November 29 Green Bay Packers 27–37 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium First game since 1990 season featuring two 10-1 teams. Eventual tie-breaker for home-field advantage in the playoffs. Following the game, Bryant Gumbel refers to Dallas quarterback Tony Romo as Rick Romo.
Thursday December 6 Chicago Bears 16–24 Washington Redskins FedEx Field Redskins play game just two days after the burial of Sean Taylor. Taylor was fatally wounded in his Miami, Florida home the week before.
Thursday December 13 Denver Broncos 13–31 Houston Texans Reliant Stadium Former Broncos offensive coordinator and current Texans head coach Gary Kubiak defeats his former employer in first meeting.
Saturday December 15 Cincinnati Bengals 13–20 San Francisco 49ers Monster Park
Thursday December 20 Pittsburgh Steelers 41–24 St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome Former Rams running back and current NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk's jersey #28 is retired in St. Louis.
Saturday December 22 Dallas Cowboys 20–13 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium
Saturday December 29 New England Patriots 38–35 (details) New York Giants Giants Stadium Patriots complete a 16-0 regular season finish, the first undefeated NFL regular season in 35 years. The game was simulcast on NFL Network, NBC, and CBS. The game was also available to watch online at NFL.com/Live. The game was the first three-network simulcast in NFL history and the first simulcast of any kind of an NFL game since the first Super Bowl in 1967, when CBS and NBC both televised the first meeting of the champions of the newly merged National Football League and American Football League.[1]

Patriots QB Tom Brady surpasses Peyton Manning (49 TD; 2004) with his 50th touchdown of the season, a pass to WR Randy Moss, which coincidentally was Moss' 23rd receiving touchdown of the year surpassing Jerry Rice (22 TD; 1987). The Patriots became the highest scoring team in a single season (594 points) surpassing the 1998 Vikings' 556 points.

The Patriots and Giants would meet again in Super Bowl XLII just months later. The Patriots were still on their undefeated streak (18-0) while the Giants were winners of an NFL-record 10-straight road games. The Giants defeated the Patriots in the rematch by a score of 17-14 to claim their third Super Bowl championship.

2008 season[edit]

Main article: 2008 NFL season
Day Date Visiting team Final score Host team Stadium Game notes
Thursday November 6 Denver Broncos 34–30 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Stadium
Thursday November 13 New York Jets 34–31 (OT) New England Patriots Gillette Stadium First overtime game on Thursday Night Football.
Thursday November 20 Cincinnati Bengals 10–27 Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field
Thursday November 27 Arizona Cardinals 20–48 Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field After being benched following a poor performance the week before, Donovan McNabb led the Eagles to a victory over the Cardinals on Thanksgiving Day. The two teams would later meet months later in the NFC Championship with the Cardinals winning the second matchup.
Thursday December 4 Oakland Raiders 7–34 San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadium The game was broadcast in 3D in select movie theaters across the nation.
Thursday December 11 New Orleans Saints 24–27 (OT) Chicago Bears Soldier Field
Thursday December 18 Indianapolis Colts 31–24 Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
Saturday December 20 Baltimore Ravens 33–24 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium The final game at Texas Stadium.

2009 season[edit]

The 2009 season featured a Friday night game on December 25, as the Thursday that week is Christmas Eve, and the NFL tries not to schedule games that night in deference to the holiday (a lone exception being a Monday Night Football game in 2007 due to scheduling conflicts caused by ESPN's broadcast contracts). Also, the start times were pushed back by five minutes, to 8:20 p.m. Eastern time (except for the December 25 game, starting at 7:30 PM EST/6:30 CST).

Week Day Date Visiting team Final score Host team Stadium Game notes
10 Thursday November 12 Chicago Bears 6–10 San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park
11 Thursday November 19 Miami Dolphins 24–17 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium
12 Thursday November 26 New York Giants 6–26 Denver Broncos Invesco Field at Mile High Thanksgiving Day game
13 Thursday December 3 New York Jets 19–13 Buffalo Bills Rogers Centre Bills Toronto Series
14 Thursday December 10 Pittsburgh Steelers 6–13 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Stadium
15 Thursday December 17 Indianapolis Colts 35–31 Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
15 Saturday December 19 Dallas Cowboys 24–17 New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome
16 Friday December 25 San Diego Chargers 42–17 Tennessee Titans LP Field Christmas game

2010 season[edit]

Week Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Host Team Stadium Game Notes
10 Thursday November 11 Baltimore Ravens 21-26 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome
11 Thursday November 18 Chicago Bears 16–0 Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium
12 Thursday November 25 Cincinnati Bengals 10-26 New York Jets New Meadowlands Stadium Thanksgiving Day game
13 Thursday December 2 Houston Texans 24-34 Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field
14 Thursday December 9 Indianapolis Colts 30-28 Tennessee Titans LP Field
15 Thursday December 16 San Francisco 49ers 7-34 San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadium
16 Thursday December 23 Carolina Panthers 3-27 Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field
16 Saturday December 25 Dallas Cowboys 26-27 Arizona Cardinals University of Phoenix Stadium Christmas game

2011 season[edit]

Week Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Host Team Stadium Game Notes
10 Thursday November 10 Oakland Raiders 24–17 San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadium
11 Thursday November 17 New York Jets 13–17 Denver Broncos Sports Authority Field at Mile High
12 Thursday November 24 San Francisco 49ers 6–16 Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium Thanksgiving Day game
13 Thursday December 1 Philadelphia Eagles 14–31 Seattle Seahawks CenturyLink Field
14 Thursday December 8 Cleveland Browns 3–14 Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field
15 Thursday December 15 Jacksonville Jaguars 14–41 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome
15 Saturday December 17 Dallas Cowboys 31–15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium
16 Thursday December 22 Indianapolis Colts 16–19 Houston Texans Lucas Oil Stadium

2012 season[edit]

Week Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Host Team Stadium Game Notes
2 Thursday September 13 Chicago Bears 10–23 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field
3 Thursday September 20 New York Giants 36–7 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium
4 Thursday September 27 Cleveland Browns 16–23 Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium
5 Thursday October 4 Arizona Cardinals 3–17 St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome
6 Thursday October 11 Pittsburgh Steelers 23–26 Tennessee Titans LP Field
7 Thursday October 18 Seattle Seahawks 6–13 San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park
8 Thursday October 25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 36–17 Minnesota Vikings Mall of America Field at the
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
9 Thursday November 1 Kansas City Chiefs 13–31 San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadium
10 Thursday November 8 Indianapolis Colts 27–10 Jacksonville Jaguars EverBank Field
11 Thursday November 15 Miami Dolphins 14–19 Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium
13 Thursday November 29 New Orleans Saints 13–23 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome
14 Thursday December 6 Denver Broncos 26–13 Oakland Raiders O.co Coliseum
15 Thursday December 13 Cincinnati Bengals 34–13 Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field

2013 season[edit]

Week Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Host Team Stadium Game Notes
2 Thursday September 12 New York Jets 10–13 New England Patriots Gillette Stadium
3 Thursday September 19 Kansas City Chiefs 26–16 Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field
4 Thursday September 26 San Francisco 49ers 35–11 St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome
5 Thursday October 3 Buffalo Bills 24–37 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Stadium
5 Sunday October 6 San Diego Chargers 17–27 Oakland Raiders O.co Coliseum Originally planned to be broadcast by CBS for a 1:25 p.m. PT (4:25 p.m. ET) start, the game was pushed back to an 8:35 p.m. PT (11:35 p.m. ET) start and moved to NFL Network as a Thursday Night Football Special Edition (but maintaining CBS production staff and commentators Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts), as time was needed to convert the stadium back to its football configuration after an Oakland Athletics American League Division Series baseball game the night prior. In San Diego, CBS affiliate KFMB-TV (who would have broadcast the game had it been played at its normal time) picked up rights to the game.[2]
6 Thursday October 10 New York Giants 21–27 Chicago Bears Soldier Field
7 Thursday October 17 Seattle Seahawks 34–22 Arizona Cardinals University of Phoenix Stadium
8 Thursday October 24 Carolina Panthers 31–13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium
9 Thursday October 31 Cincinnati Bengals 20–22 (OT) Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium Second ever overtime game on Thursday Night Football; third ever overtime game to end on a safety.
10 Thursday November 7 Washington Redskins 27–34 Minnesota Vikings Mall of America Field
11 Thursday November 14 Indianapolis Colts 30–27 Tennessee Titans LP Field
12 Thursday November 21 New Orleans Saints 17–13 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome
14 Thursday December 5 Houston Texans 20–27 Jacksonville Jaguars Everbank Field
15 Thursday December 12 San Diego Chargers 27–20 Denver Broncos Sports Authority Field at Mile High

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press. Pats-Giants to be first three-network simulcast in NFL history ESPN.com, 26 December 2007.
  2. ^ "Late-night TV looming for Chargers fans". U-T San Diego. Retrieved 7 October 2013.