Inside one unique Philadelphia Eagles Thanksgiving Day history

Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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November 26th, 2015: Detroit Lions 45 Philadelphia Eagles 14

While we said it’s easy to forget how Chip Kelly’s tenure with the Eagles started, it’s not easy to forget how it ended. After losing a close game to the Miami Dolphins 20-19 then getting the doors blown off by Doug Martin and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 45-17, the Eagles needed to bounce back sitting at 4-6 and still having a shot in the NFC East. Yes, the NFC East was bad in 2015 too.

Quarterback Sam Bradford was injured, so the Eagles once again turned to Sanchez. It did not go as well as the previous year. The Eagles’ offense couldn’t get much going, but the same could not be said for the Detroit Lions. Quarterback Matthew Stafford went 27 of 38 for 337 yards and five touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns went to Calvin Johnson, who caught 8 balls for 93 yards and took Eagles cornerback Eric Rowe to school all afternoon.

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It was an ugly game in an ugly season, and even though the Eagles would beat the New England Patriots the next week in Foxborough, Chip Kelly was fired before the last week of the season to cap off a polarizing era. While the Eagles won’t be playing today, it’s still good to be thankful for the times they have played on Thanksgiving, because it’s given fans a lot more than food to feast on.