Bills-Lions Thanksgiving Day Game Set NFL Viewership Record

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Buffalo Bills vs Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day game set an NFL viewership record.
The Buffalo Bills vs Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day game set an NFL viewership record. / (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Families across the country tuned in for the NFL's three-game slate on Thanksgiving Day. The first matchup of the day was arguably the best, as the Buffalo Bills defeated the Detroit Lions in an exciting contest.

That Bills-Lions game wasn't just notable for its result, though. It actually set an NFL viewership record.

The battle between Buffalo and Detroit was the most-watched early Thanksgiving Day game in history. Over 31.6 million viewers witnessed these teams square off on the holiday.

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This matchup certainly featured the most thrilling finish. There were 20 points scored alone in just the fourth quarter, as the Bills and Lions both gave their all to get the win.

It was Buffalo that walked away victorious, as Josh Allen got the team in field goal range with just 23 seconds left to begin their final drive. Tyler Bass then stepped up and nailed a 45-yard try to give the Bills the lead for good.

This was a much-needed win for Buffalo, who moved to 8-3 on the year. Detroit, meanwhile, fell to 4-7 on the year with the loss.


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