Inside one unique Philadelphia Eagles Thanksgiving Day history

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November 27th, 2008: Philadelphia Eagles 48 Arizona Cardinals 20

Nobody would have predicted it at the time, but this Thanksgiving Night matchup would be a preview of the 2008 NFC Championship Game, albeit with a very different result. Eagles running back Brian Westbrook caught two touchdowns and ran for another before the Arizona Cardinals were even on the board.

Westbrook would eventually score a fourth touchdown, this one on the ground, with quarterback Donovan McNabb throwing four touchdowns in a beatdown of the Cardinals. This win started the Eagles on a streak where they won four of their last five games, including the famous 44-6 win against the Cowboys, to make the playoffs as a wild card team.

They eventually fought their way to the NFC Championship in a roller-coaster season in every sense of the word. Their opponents? These same Cardinals. The Cardinals would go onto win 32-25, advancing to the franchise’s first, and only, Super Bowl. It truly was a tale of two games.