This game commemorates the 75th game of the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving tradition.
This year’s game marks the 16th meeting between the Lions and Bears on Thanksgiving, with Chicago holding the edge in the holiday series, 8-7-0. The Lions last faced Chicago on Thanksgiving Day November 25, 1999 as they defeated the Bears, 21-17. Detroit is 34-38-2 all-time on Thanksgiving Day.
The National Football League and the Detroit Lions are highlighting the long-standing commitment to getting kids active and healthy for at least 60 minutes a day through the NFL PLAY 60 campaign.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Lions Thanksgiving Day Game as part of their #MIKidsCan campaign. Michigan kids need our help to lead healthy and active lives. So share the ways you’re encouraging your kids to eat right and be physically active by using #MIKidsCan on social media.
Pre-Game and Halftime Entertainment
The National Anthem will be performed by 12-year-old sensation Quintavious Johnson. He recently finished in 5th place on NBC’s hit America’s Got Talent and has also performed at the Grand Ole Opry, Madison Square Gardens, and Radio City Music Hall. He will be joined on the field with 100 Lions Season Ticket Members holding the American Flag along with youth from the Detroit area.
Don’t miss the nationally televised halftime show presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s #MIKidsCan campaign. The live performance will showcase nationally recognized and Detroit’s very own Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences’ choir, band, and dance team. These talented students have been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, NBC’s Today Show, and at Disneyworld. They will be accompanied by the Walled Lake Central High School’s flag team and 75 local Detroit trained youth dancers.
Visit the 33-Foot Tall Christmas Tree
Make sure you stop by Gate G and visit the Michigan-grown 33-foot tall Concolor Fir Tree decorated in sparkling blue and silver to celebrate the season.
The Michigan Christmas Tree Association is proud that the Detroit Lions have chosen to feature a fresh, Michigan-grown Christmas tree in Ford Field for the holiday season! The 33-foot tall Concolor Fir was harvested in Manton, Michigan and weighs between 3,000 and 3,500 pounds.