Over the years the Thanksgiving Day football games has been a tradition as much as turkey on the table has. The first Thanksgiving Day games occurred on November 25th, 1920. On this day there were, 6 games total going on. The games featured the teams of the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Decatur Staleys, Chicago Tigers, Elyria Athletics, Columbus Panhandles, Dayton Triangles, Detroit Heraldes, Chicago Boosters, Hammond Pros, All-Tonawanda (NY) and the Rochester Jeffersons.
In 1921 The Buffalo All-Americans were the first Buffalo Pro team to play on Thanksgiving. In 1922 and ’23 the All-Americans appeared on Thanksgiving as well. Their last Thanksgiving game was in 1924 when they were the Buffalo Bison. The team ended up folding in 1929 as the Buffalo Bisons.
In 1948, the AAFC Buffalo Bills also had a game on Thanksgiving.
The current day professional team in Buffalo, the Bills, started their Thanksgiving appearances in 1961 and have had 8 total appearances since this date and their affiliation with the AFL and NFL. After the 1961 game, the Bills went on to play in 1964, ’65, ’66, ’68, ’75, ’76, and 1994.
On Thanksgiving Day, the Buffalo Bills have gone 4-4. Their last win on Thanksgiving came on November 27th, 1975 defeating the Cardinals 32-14. The Bills have not played on Thanksgiving since their loss to the Detroit Lions on November 24th, 1994. The Bills lost 35-21.