The New York Giants will play on Thanksgiving Day for the second time in three years. And it will once again come against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington.

Giants fans throughout the years have usually had Thanksgiving off. The team has played 17 times (7-7-3) on Thanksgiving Day with all but four of those games taking place before World War II.

In fact, from 1940 through 1981, the Giants did not play a single Thanksgiving Day game. Much of that is in deference to the holiday. The Giants are a family business, after all, and being with family took priority.

But business comes first in the NFL now and the Giants have played five times on Turkey Day in recent years. The first was the thrilling 13-6 win at Detroit in 1982 where Lawrence Taylor scored the winning touchdown on a 97-yard interception return.

The next four were all depressing losses: 30-3 at Dallas in 1992, 26-6 at Denver in 2009, 20-13 at Washington in 2017, and 28-20 at Dallas in 2022.

This game will pit Big Blue against the Cowboys in a national game once again, a huge draw no matter how well the teams are playing and where they are in the standings.

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