Good morning! Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and that you have plenty of tasty leftovers to enjoy.
Now then: Each of yesterday’s three NFL games featured one retro-attired team. Let’s start with the early-afternoon game in Detroit, where the Lions, as you can see above, wore their throwbacks. Lots of additional photos here, here, and here.
It’s also worth noting that the Cowboys’ throwback jerseys appear to be using a fourth version of Nike’s new template. Here are the three previous versions we had already seen this season, followed by the Dallas throwback version:
In that same game, 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey had to swap out his helmet during the game, which required some interesting sideline adjustments:
Looks like they’re building Frankenstein while working on CMC’s helmet 😂pic.twitter.com/g1sd9qSfVc
— OurSF49ers (@OurSf49ers) November 24, 2023
Interestingly, McCaffrey’s new helmet had the 49ers’ standard “SF” logo, instead of the throwback logo that his original helmet had:
As you can see in many of those previous photos, all teams wore the league’s new John Madden Thanksgiving patch. Here’s a closer view of how it looked on all six teams’ jerseys yesterday:
In addition, the pregame coin toss for each of yesterday’s games was conducted with a Madden/turducken coin:
Madden messaging was also added to the end lines and sidelines:
(My thanks to James Catton, reader/commenter Uniform_Annals, and Phil for their contributions to this report.)