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Lions quarterback Matt Stafford called out a play against the Vikings named after Justin Verlander

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A popular Thanksgiving tradition usually consists of overdoing it at the dessert table and watching a football game on the tube. Sometimes, the football and baseball worlds intersect when some of the football guys come out to throw out the ceremonial first pitch -- or in this case, when an NFL team has a play named after a pitcher.

During the third quarter of the Vikings' 30-23 win over the Lions on Thursday, Matt Stafford shouted out a play. The play just so happened to be named after World Series champion pitcher Justin Verlander.

Verlander of course now plays for the Astros, but he spent most of his career with the Tigers. To see the city pay a small tribute to him was really cool.

Do you think they ran the Kershaw play as well?

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