Mark Sanchez's Butt Fumble Among Greatest NFL Thanksgiving Day Moments

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Mark Sanchez committed one of the worst blunders of all time on Thanksgiving Day in 2012.
Mark Sanchez's Butt Fumble Among Greatest NFL Thanksgiving Day Moments originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Thanksgiving and the NFL have been a holiday tradition since the early days of the NFL. The league first began hosting Thanksgiving Day games each year in 1920 only halting during the early 1940s due to World War II.

The Detroit Lions have hosted a game on Thanksgiving Day every year since 1934 and the Dallas Cowboys joined them in the tradition in 1966.

The NFL added a primetime game to the Thanksgiving day slate in 2006, giving fans three games to watch throughout the day.

This year the Lions will face the Chicago Bears on Turkey Day for the second time in three years, the Cowboys will welcome the Las Vegas Raiders in the late afternoon window and the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints will battle in primetime on NBC and Peacock.

Thanksgiving Day football games have also been full of memorable moments throughout the years. Before Thursday's games, here's a look at some of the most epic performances from the NFL's best players of all time and some embarrassing moments that have aged perfectly.

10. Peyton Manning goes for six TDs vs. Lions

Peyton Manning feasted on the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day in 2004. The Hall of Fame quarterback threw six touchdown passes in just three quarters to make history in a 41-9 rout.

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The game assured he would break Dan Marino's single-season touchdown pass record of 48, giving Manning 41 on the season with five games left. He ended up with 49 in 2004.

Brandon Stokley and Marvin Harrison each caught three of Manning's touchdowns in one of the most lopsided Thanksgiving games in recent history.

9. RG3 goes off vs. Cowboys

Robert Griffin III returned to his hometown and put on a show on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. Only a rookie at the time, Griffin captivated a national audience against the Cowboys in an…
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