The Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving: My Top 10 All-Time Turkey Games

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It was 16 years ago today that a red-headed backup quarterback from Princeton authored one of the most amazing holiday scripts in Dallas Cowboys' history.

Thanksgiving Day, 1994. With Troy Aikman and Rodney Peete out with injuries, Dallas' third-stringer stepped in and promptly fell behind the Green Bay Packers, 17-3, at Texas Stadium. But in a performance that was as amazing as it was surprising, the quarterback threw for 311 yards, tossed long touchdowns to Alvin Harper and Michael Irvin, and led the Cowboys to a team-record 36 second-half points in a rousing 42-31 victory.

The quarterback that day will be the head coach tomorrow: Jason Garrett.

Ah, the magic of Thanksgiving.

​The turkey. The dressing. The relatives and the heartburn, neither of which will leave. The Salvation Army's red kettle. The classic opponents, including this year's New Orleans Saints. The grandiose halftime show, tomorrow featuring Keith Urban. The - usually anyway - Cowboys' victory.

Dallas is 27-14-1 all-time on Turkey Day. Some of them - for better or for worse - you might remember ...

10. 11.27.69 Cowboys 24, 49ers 24. Craig Morton's touchdown pass to Lance Rentzel with three minutes remaining salvages a tie in the Cotton Bowl.

9. 11.26.87 Vikings 44, Cowboys 38 (OT) -- Darrin Nelson's run overcomes Danny White's five touchdowns and drops 5-6 Dallas out of the playoffs.

8. 11.24.05 Broncos 24, Cowboys 21 (OT). After Billy Cundiff misses a 34-yard field goal late in regulation, Denver's Ron Dayne sets up  the heartbreak loss with a 55-yard rumble.

7. 11.23.06 Cowboys 38, Buccaneers 10. Tony Romo's ascension from free agent to superstar gains traction as his five touchdowns lead Dallas into first place in the NFC East.

6. 11.26.98 Vikings 46, Cowboys 36. Rookie receiver Randy Moss haunts the team that passed over him in the draft with three touchdowns and 163 yards receiving.


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