After the pie is eaten and the tryptophan has begun to sink in on Thanksgiving, there's no better activity than to curl up on the couch and watch sports. Escape your family and spend your night with Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo and millions of other Americans cradling their stomachs.
"Aside from the Super Bowl, Thanksgiving is easily a football fan's favorite date on the federal calendar," Mike Luca wrote for Rant Sports earlier this year. And if sports aren't your thing, tune in for the halftime shows, which include performances by Luke Bryan and Big Sean.
NHL and NBA athletes have the day off, but the NFL's Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys will be playing as always. Other matchups were proving controversial, but Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford told the Detroit Free Press earlier this year that he and his peers were "fired up" for the prime time showing. "It's a lot of fun to play in front of the whole country," he said.
Here's the Thanksgiving sports TV lineup, with all times in EST:
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m., Fox
Carolina Panthers vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. CBS
Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m., NBC
South Florida vs. University of Central Florida, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Texas Tech vs. Texas, 7:30 p.m., FS1
Alabama vs. Xavier, noon, ESPN2
Arkansas vs. Georgia Tech, 2 p.m., ESPNU
Wichita State vs. University of Southern California, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2
UC Irvine vs. Boise STate, 4 p.m., ESPNU
Stanford vs. Villanova, 4:30 p.m., ESPN2
Notre Dame vs. Monmouth, 6:30 p.m. ESPNU
Boston College vs. Michigan State, 6:30 p.m., ESPN2
Iowa vs. Dayton, 9 p.m., ESPN2
Evansville vs. Providence, 9 p.m., ESPNU
Middle Tennessee vs. Alaska Anchorage, 9:30 p.m., CBSSN
Santa Clara vs. Arizona, 11:30 p.m., ESPN2
UNC Asheville vs. Drexel, 11:59 p.m., CBSSN
California vs. San Diego State, 11:59 p.m., FS1