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NFL football: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Brock Osweiler, Brett Favre are main course this holiday week


Wed, Nov 25th 2015 01:00 pm

Bears-Packers on Thanksgiving night; Packers to retire Brett Favre's No. 4 jersey at halftime

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Brock Osweiler, and the return of Brett Favre to Lambeau Field, highlight two NFL games on NBC this holiday week. On Thanksgiving night, one of football's most storied rivalries resumes when Rodgers and the first-place Green Bay Packers (7-3) host Cutler and the Chicago Bears (4-6) at Lambeau Field at 8 p.m. ET.

The holiday matchup is the 191st regular-season meeting between the Bears and Packers - the most played series in NFL history - and marks the first Thanksgiving day game in Green Bay in 92 years.

At halftime, the Packers will retire Favre's No. 4 jersey. His name will be revealed on the facade in the Lambeau Field Ring of Honor. Favre was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Thursday marks the first time the Packers have played a home game on Thanksgiving since Nov. 29, 1923, when Green Bay defeated the Hammond Pros, 19-0. In addition, 2015 is the 10th consecutive season featuring a Bears-Packers primetime matchup, tied with Giants-Cowboys for the league's longest active and all-time streaks.

NFL coverage continues on NBC this Sunday, when Tom Brady and the first-place New England Patriots (10-0, AFC East) visit Brock Osweiler and the first-place Denver Broncos (8-2, AFC West) on "Sunday Night Football." Coverage begins with "Football Night in America" at 7 p.m. on NBC.

The perfect Patriots beat the Bills 20-13 Monday night, with Brady, who leads the league in passing yards, completing 20 of 39 passes for 277 yards. The Patriots have now recorded at least 10 regular-season wins for the 13th consecutive year, the second-most in NFL history (San Francisco 49ers, 16 seasons, 1983-98). Denver's Osweiler made his debut this past Sunday against the Chicago Bears, subbing for an injured Peyton Manning. Osweiler completed 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Broncos' 17-15 victory over Chicago.

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