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List of Monday Night Football results (1990–2009)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Beginning in the 1970 NFL season, the National Football League began scheduling a weekly regular season game on Monday night before a national television audience. From 1970–2005, the ABC television network carried these games, with the ESPN cable television network taking over beginning in September 2006. Listed below are games played from 1990 to 2009.

Overtime Result Playoff game broadcast Super Bowl broadcast Pro Bowl broadcast

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Stadiums and teams appearing under different names

Some stadiums and teams had multiple names throughout their appearances in the MNF package in this era. All names listed were seen in the package at least once in this era.

First name listed is the current (or final if it does not exist anymore) name for each team and stadium.




1990 NFL season

The November 12 game between the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles is known as the infamous Body Bag Game, in which Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan promised a beating so severe, that the Redskins would have to be "hauled off in body bags." The Redskins had the last laugh, however, as these two teams met in the same stadium on the same network in the Wild Card playoffs – the first ever such game aired on ABC. The Redskins won 20-6.

With the 1990 season, a new practice was established which featured the defending Super Bowl champions playing the first Monday Night game of the season. The practice was maintained through 2003 (except for 1994, 1995, and 2001). In the 1990 MNF opener, the San Francisco 49ers took on the New Orleans Saints on September 10 roughly seven months after defeating the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV in exactly the same stadium, the Superdome.

The December 31 game started at 8:00 PM EST rather than 9:00 PM EST to allow New Year's Rockin' Eve to air as normal. The Superdome became the first, and remains the only, stadium to host both the MNF opener and finale in the same season. Besides the New Orleans Saints, the only other teams to have played in both the MNF opener and finale in the same season have been the San Francisco 49ers in 1977, 1991, and 1994; the San Diego Chargers in 1981; the Dallas Cowboys in 1982, 1983, 1984, and 1995; and the Green Bay Packers in 2008. However, at least one of the games played by each of those other teams was on the road.

Super Bowl XXV is best remembered for its signature play – Scott Norwood of the Buffalo Bills missed what would have been the game-winning field goal, as it sailed wide right.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Home Team Stadium Significance
Monday September 10 San Francisco 49ers 13–12 New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome
Monday September 17 Kansas City Chiefs 23–24 Denver Broncos Mile High Stadium Broncos–Chiefs rivalry
Monday September 24 Buffalo Bills 30–7 New York Jets Giants Stadium Bills–Jets rivalry
Monday October 1 Cincinnati Bengals 16–31 Seattle Seahawks Kingdome
Monday October 8 Cleveland Browns 30–29 Denver Broncos Mile High Stadium 1989 AFC Championship Game rematch
Monday October 15 Minnesota Vikings 24–32 Philadelphia Eagles Veterans Stadium
Monday October 22 Cincinnati Bengals 34–13 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Stadium Bengals–Browns rivalry
Monday October 29 Los Angeles Rams 10–41 Pittsburgh Steelers Three Rivers Stadium
Monday November 5 New York Giants 24–7 Indianapolis Colts Hoosier Dome
Monday November 12 Washington Redskins 14–28 Philadelphia Eagles Veterans Stadium Eagles–Redskins rivalry
Body Bag Game
Monday November 19 Los Angeles Raiders 13–10 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium
Monday November 26 Buffalo Bills 24–27 Houston Oilers Astrodome
Monday December 3 New York Giants 3–7 San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park 49ers–Giants rivalry
Monday December 10 Los Angeles Raiders 38–31 Detroit Lions Pontiac Silverdome
Monday December 17 San Francisco 49ers 26–10 Los Angeles Rams Anaheim Stadium 49ers–Rams rivalry
1989 NFC Championship Game rematch
Saturday December 22 Washington Redskins 28–35 Indianapolis Colts Hoosier Dome
Monday December 31 Los Angeles Rams 17–20 New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome Rams–Saints rivalry
NO win: NFC No. 6 seeded Wild Card
NO loss: DAL NFC No. 6 seeded Wild Card, NO eliminated
Wild Card Saturday January 5 Washington Redskins 20–6 Philadelphia Eagles Veterans Stadium Eagles–Redskins rivalry
NFC No. 5 vs. NFC No. 4 matchup
Kansas City Chiefs 16–17 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium AFC No. 5 vs. AFC No. 4 matchup
Super Bowl XXV January 27 Buffalo Bills 19–20 New York Giants Tampa Stadium Wide Right

1991 NFL season

The November 25 game was the last MNF game played in the Los Angeles area (until 2018), the last appearance for the Los Angeles Rams before moving to St. Louis in 1995, and the last MNF game played in Anaheim, California. The Rams dropped to 0-4 in home MNF games against the arch-rival San Francisco 49ers, with previous defeats coming in 1976, 1989, and 1990; they also lost a Thursday night home game to the 49ers in 1982.

The September 9 game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys was the first Monday Night Football game for the Cowboys since the 1988 season, which was Tom Landry's final season.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Home Team Stadium Significance
Monday September 2 San Francisco 49ers 14–16 New York Giants Giants Stadium 49ers–Giants rivalry
1990 NFC Championship Game rematch
Monday September 9 Washington Redskins 33–31 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium Cowboys–Redskins rivalry
Monday September 16 Kansas City Chiefs 7–17 Houston Oilers The Astrodome
Monday September 23 New York Jets 13–19 Chicago Bears Soldier Field
Monday September 30 Philadelphia Eagles 0–23 Washington Redskins Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium Eagles–Redskins rivalry
1990 NFC Wild Card playoff rematch
Monday October 7 Buffalo Bills 6–33 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium
Monday October 14 New York Giants 23–20 Pittsburgh Steelers Three Rivers Stadium
Monday October 21 Cincinnati Bengals 16–35 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium
Monday October 28 Los Angeles Raiders 21–24 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium Chiefs–Raiders rivalry
Monday November 4 New York Giants 7–30 Philadelphia Eagles Veterans Stadium Eagles–Giants rivalry
Monday November 11 Chicago Bears 34–17 Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Bears–Vikings rivalry
Monday November 18 Buffalo Bills 41–27 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium Bills–Dolphins rivalry
1990 AFC Divisional playoff rematch
Monday November 25 San Francisco 49ers 33–10 Los Angeles Rams Anaheim Stadium 49ers–Rams rivalry
Monday December 2 Philadelphia Eagles 13–6 Houston Oilers The Astrodome
Monday December 9 Cincinnati Bengals 13–37 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium
Monday December 16 Los Angeles Raiders 0–27 New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome
Monday December 23 Chicago Bears 14–52 San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park CHI win: CHI NFC Central Champions, first-round bye & NFC No. 2 seed
CHI loss: NFC No. 4 seeded Wild Card, DET NFC Central Champions, first-round bye & NFC No. 2 seed
Wild Card Saturday December 28 Los Angeles Raiders 6–10 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium Chiefs–Raiders rivalry
AFC No. 5 vs. AFC No. 4 matchup
Atlanta Falcons 27–20 New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome Falcons–Saints rivalry
NFC No. 6 vs. NFC No. 3 matchup

1992 NFL season

Monday Night Football celebrated the 100th anniversary of nighttime football on September 28, 1992 with a game between the Los Angeles Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.[1] The first recorded night football game was the 1892 Wyoming Seminary vs. Mansfield State Normal football game and ended at halftime with a 0-0 tie.[2]

The season opener on September 7 featured the defending champion facing off against the current season's champion. In this case it was the Washington Redskins (winner of Super Bowl XXVI) versus the eventual Super Bowl XXVII winner Dallas Cowboys.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Home Team Stadium Significance
Monday September 7 Washington Redskins 10–23 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium Cowboys–Redskins rivalry
Monday September 14 Miami Dolphins 27–23 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Stadium
Monday September 21 New York Giants 27–14 Chicago Bears Soldier Field Bears–Giants rivalry
Monday September 28 Los Angeles Raiders 7–27 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium Chiefs–Raiders rivalry
1991 AFC Wild Card playoff rematch
Monday October 5 Dallas Cowboys 7–31 Philadelphia Eagles Veterans Stadium Cowboys–Eagles rivalry
Monday October 12 Denver Broncos 3–34 Washington Redskins Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium Super Bowl XXII rematch
Monday October 19 Cincinnati Bengals 0–20 Pittsburgh Steelers Three Rivers Stadium Bengals–Steelers rivalry
Monday October 26 Buffalo Bills 24–20 New York Jets Giants Stadium Bills–Jets rivalry
Monday November 2 Minnesota Vikings 38–10 Chicago Bears Soldier Field Bears–Vikings rivalry
Monday November 9 San Francisco 49ers 41–3 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome
Monday November 16 Buffalo Bills 26–20 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium Bills–Dolphins rivalry
Monday November 23 Washington Redskins 3–20 New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome
Monday November 30 Denver Broncos 13–16 Seattle Seahawks Kingdome Broncos–Seahawks rivalry
Monday December 7 Chicago Bears 7–24 Houston Oilers The Astrodome
Monday December 14 Los Angeles Raiders 7–20 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium
Monday December 21 Dallas Cowboys 41–17 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome
Monday December 28 Detroit Lions 6–24 San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park SF Win: Clinch No. 1 Seed With DAL Loss.

SF Loss: No. 2 Seed With DAL Win

Wild Card Saturday January 2 Washington Redskins 24–7 Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome NFC No. 6 vs. NFC No. 3 matchup
Kansas City Chiefs 0–17 San Diego Chargers Jack Murphy Stadium Chargers–Chiefs rivalry
AFC No. 6 vs. AFC No. 3 matchup

1993 NFL season

The September 6 game marked the first time in 10 years that the Washington Redskins hosted the Dallas Cowboys on MNF rather than visiting them. At the time, it was the most frequently seen match-up on the series, and it would be the last time these two teams played each other on MNF at RFK Stadium.

The September 13 game was the last win for the Cleveland Browns (who had won the very first MNF game in 1970) on the ABC program, and last win overall until 2008.

The October 18 game marked the first of nine meetings between the Los Angeles Raiders and Denver Broncos on MNF over an 11-year span, seven of these games being played in Denver.

During the January 3 game, the Philadelphia Eagles missed a game-winning field goal as the overtime period expired, which would have left the game a tie. However, a penalty against the San Francisco 49ers allowed a re-kick, and the Eagles were granted one untimed down. On the second attempt, the field goal was good and the deadlock was barely averted, preserving the fourth of what would eventually be seven consecutive tie-free seasons.

Both Wild Card playoff games featured a thrilling comeback victories by Green Bay and Kansas City after both being down 17-7 in the third quarter in their respective games.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Home Team Stadium Significance
Monday September 6 Dallas Cowboys 16–35 Washington Redskins Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium Cowboys–Redskins rivalry
Monday September 13 San Francisco 49ers 13–23 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Stadium
Monday September 20 Denver Broncos 7–15 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium Broncos–Chiefs rivalry
Monday September 27 Pittsburgh Steelers 45–17 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome
Monday October 4 Washington Redskins 10–17 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium Super Bowl VII and XVII
Monday October 11 Houston Oilers 7–35 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium 1992 AFC Wild Card playoff rematch
(The Comeback)
Monday October 18 Los Angeles Raiders 23–20 Denver Broncos Mile High Stadium Broncos–Raiders rivalry
Monday October 25 Minnesota Vikings 19–12 Chicago Bears Soldier Field Bears–Vikings rivalry
Monday November 1 Washington Redskins 10–24 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium Super Bowl XXVI rematch
Monday November 8 Green Bay Packers 16–23 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium Super Bowl I rematch
Monday November 15 Buffalo Bills 0–23 Pittsburgh Steelers Three Rivers Stadium 1992 AFC Divisional playoff rematch
Monday November 22 New Orleans Saints 7–42 San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park
Monday November 29 San Diego Chargers 31–0 Indianapolis Colts Hoosier Dome
Monday December 6 Philadelphia Eagles 17–23 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium Cowboys–Eagles rivalry
1992 NFC Divisional playoff rematch
Monday December 13 Pittsburgh Steelers 21–20 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium
Monday December 20 New York Giants 24–14 New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome
Monday December 27 Miami Dolphins 20–45 San Diego Chargers Jack Murphy Stadium 1992 AFC Divisional playoff rematch
Monday January 3 Philadelphia Eagles 37–34 San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park
Wild Card Saturday January 8 Green Bay Packers 28–24 Detroit Lions Pontiac Silverdome Lions–Packers rivalry
NFC No. 6 vs. NFC No. 3 matchup
Pittsburgh Steelers 24–27 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium AFC No. 6 vs. AFC No. 3 matchup

1994 NFL season

ABC was unable to air the opener of the Dallas Cowboys, the previous season's Super Bowl champion, after the NFL guaranteed Fox it would have the Cowboys' game at Pittsburgh for its main doubleheader game. It was Fox's first Sunday of televising NFL games after gaining the NFC package from CBS.

In the September 5 game, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice broke Jim Brown's touchdown record.

The first two-point conversion in MNF history came on September 12, when Chicago Bears quarterback Erik Kramer threw a pass to Curtis Conway.[3]

The October 17 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos featured a quarterback matchup between Joe Montana and John Elway. Montana led the Chiefs to a 75-yard game-winning drive with 8 seconds left.

The October 31 game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears was played in a driving rain with wind gusts up to 36 mph. Coincidentally, it also marked the 11th anniversary of the death of former Bears player, coach and owner George Halas. At halftime, the Bears retired the #51 jersey of legendary linebacker Dick Butkus. The game was played four hours after American Eagle Flight 4184, scheduled to land at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, crashed into a field in Roselawn, Indiana, killing all 64 passengers and four crew members aboard.

The November 7 game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys included a fight between several players from both teams, including safety James Washington grabbing and swinging a cameraman's tripod.

The November 21 game was the first for Jeff Fisher as coach of the Houston Oilers. He would remain with the franchise through the end of the 2010 season, by which point they had become the Tennessee Titans. This was also the last MNF game for the Oilers before their move to Tennessee in 1997 and their name change to the Titans in 1999, and the last one in Houston until 2008.

The December 12 game would be re-matched later that month in the Wild Card playoffs in the same stadium, on the same network, and would be the last NFL appearance for Joe Montana.

The December 19 game between the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints was the first NFL start for Larry Allen, who replaced Erik Williams after he suffered season-ending injuries from an automobile accident. Allen provided a memorable play early in the game when Saints linebacker Darion Conner intercepted a Troy Aikman pass and looked to be on his way to a breakaway touchdown. However, the 325-pound Allen surprisingly ran Conner down from behind short of the end zone. Larry Allen would play 14 seasons in the NFL and is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The 49ers became the first, and remain the only, team to win the Super Bowl after losing the MNF season finale. Coincidentally, Super Bowl XXIX was also televised by ABC.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Home Team Stadium Significance
Monday September 5 Los Angeles Raiders 14–44 San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park 49ers–Raiders rivalry
Monday September 12 Chicago Bears 22–30 Philadelphia Eagles Veterans Stadium
Monday September 19 Detroit Lions 20–17 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium
Monday September 26 Denver Broncos 20–27 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium
Monday October 3 Houston Oilers 14–30 Pittsburgh Steelers Three Rivers Stadium Oilers–Steelers rivalry
Monday October 10 Minnesota Vikings 27–10 New York Giants Giants Stadium 1993 NFC Wild Card playoff rematch
Monday October 17 Kansas City Chiefs 31–28 Denver Broncos Mile High Stadium Broncos–Chiefs rivalry
Monday October 24 Houston Oilers 6–21 Philadelphia Eagles Veterans Stadium
Monday October 31 Green Bay Packers 33–6 Chicago Bears Soldier Field Bears–Packers rivalry, Halloween
Monday November 7 New York Giants 10–38 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium Cowboys–Giants rivalry
Monday November 14 Buffalo Bills 10–23 Pittsburgh Steelers Three Rivers Stadium
Monday November 21 New York Giants 13–10 Houston Oilers The Astrodome
Monday November 28 San Francisco 49ers 35–14 New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome
Monday December 5 Los Angeles Raiders 24–17 San Diego Chargers Jack Murphy Stadium Chargers–Raiders rivalry
Monday December 12 Kansas City Chiefs 28–45 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium
Monday December 19 Dallas Cowboys 24–16 New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome
Monday December 26 San Francisco 49ers 14–21 Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome MIN win: NFC Central Champions
MIN loss: GB NFC Central Champions, MIN No. 4 seeded Wild Card
Wild Card Saturday December 31 Detroit Lions 12–16 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field Lions–Packers rivalry
1993 NFC Wild Card playoff rematch
NFC No. 5 vs. NFC No. 4 matchup
Kansas City Chiefs 17–27 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium AFC No. 6 vs. AFC No. 3 matchup
Super Bowl XXIX January 29 San Diego Chargers 26–49 San Francisco 49ers Joe Robbie Stadium AFC No. 2 vs. NFC No. 1 matchup
1995 Pro Bowl February 5 AFC 41–13 NFC Aloha Stadium

1995 NFL season

In the September 11 game, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre threw a 99-yard touchdown pass to Robert Brooks against the Chicago Bears. It was the eighth 99-yard touchdown pass in NFL history. The game also featured a death-defying leap when a fan caught a field goal after leaping off the side of the tunnel at Soldier Field.[4][5]

In the October 9 game, Kansas City Chiefs kick returner Tamarick Vanover returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown to win the game for the Chiefs against the San Diego Chargers.

The November 13 game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers was played one week after Browns owner Art Modell announced that he would be moving the team to Baltimore for the 1996 season.

Two days after the November 20 game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins, the world's first computer-animated movie, Toy Story was released by Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios.

Some portions of the December 25 Dallas Cowboys-Arizona Cardinals game were used in the 1996 film, Jerry Maguire. In that game, Dallas' Emmitt Smith scored his 25th rushing touchdown of this season, an NFL record.

The December 30 wild card game between the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles was the highest-scoring playoff game in league history until it was surpassed by a 51-45 overtime win for the Arizona Cardinals over the Green Bay Packers on January 10, 2010.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Home Team Stadium Significance
Monday September 4 Dallas Cowboys 35–0 New York Giants Giants Stadium Cowboys–Giants rivalry
Monday September 11 Green Bay Packers 27–24 Chicago Bears Soldier Field Bears–Packers rivalry
Monday September 18 Pittsburgh Steelers 10–23 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium
Monday September 25 San Francisco 49ers 24–27 Detroit Lions Pontiac Silverdome
Monday October 2 Buffalo Bills 22–19 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Stadium
Monday October 9 San Diego Chargers 23–29 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium Chargers–Chiefs rivalry
Monday October 16 Oakland Raiders 0–27 Denver Broncos Mile High Stadium Broncos–Raiders rivalry
Monday October 23 Buffalo Bills 14–27 New England Patriots Foxboro Stadium Bills–Patriots rivalry
Monday October 30 Chicago Bears 14–6 Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Bears–Vikings rivalry
1994 NFC Wild Card playoff rematch
Monday November 6 Philadelphia Eagles 12–34 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium Cowboys–Eagles rivalry
Monday November 13 Cleveland Browns 3–20 Pittsburgh Steelers Three Rivers Stadium Browns–Steelers rivalry
1994 AFC Divisional playoff rematch
Monday November 20 San Francisco 49ers 44–20 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium
Monday November 27 Oakland Raiders 6–12 San Diego Chargers Jack Murphy Stadium Chargers–Raiders rivalry
Monday December 4 Chicago Bears 7–27 Detroit Lions Pontiac Silverdome Bears–Lions rivalry
Monday December 11 Kansas City Chiefs 6–13 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium 1994 AFC Wild Card playoff rematch
Monday December 18 Minnesota Vikings 30–37 San Francisco 49ers 3Com Park
Monday December 25 Dallas Cowboys 37–13 Arizona Cardinals Sun Devil Stadium DAL win: NFC No. 1 seed
DAL loss: NFC No. 2 seed, SF NFC No. 1 seed
Wild Card Saturday December 30 Miami Dolphins 22–37 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium Bills–Dolphins rivalry
AFC No. 6 vs. AFC No. 3 matchup
Detroit Lions 37–58 Philadelphia Eagles Veterans Stadium NFC No. 5 vs. NFC No. 4 matchup
1996 Pro Bowl February 4 NFC 20–13 AFC Aloha Stadium

1996 NFL season

Though the Oakland Raiders played two Monday Night games last season as well as one previous game this season, the November 4 matchup versus Denver marked the Raiders first home Monday Night game in Oakland since Monday December 7, 1981.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Home Team Stadium Significance
Monday September 2 Dallas Cowboys 6–22 Chicago Bears Soldier Field
Monday September 9 Philadelphia Eagles 13–39 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field
Monday September 16 Buffalo Bills 6–24 Pittsburgh Steelers Three Rivers Stadium 1995 AFC Divisional playoff rematch
Monday September 23 Miami Dolphins 6–10 Indianapolis Colts RCA Dome
Monday September 30 Dallas Cowboys 23–19 Philadelphia Eagles Veterans Stadium Cowboys–Eagles rivalry
1995 NFC Divisional playoff rematch
Monday October 7 Pittsburgh Steelers 17–7 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium
Monday October 14 San Francisco 49ers 20–23 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field 1995 NFC Divisional playoff rematch
Monday October 21 Oakland Raiders 23–14 San Diego Chargers Jack Murphy Stadium Chargers–Raiders rivalry
Monday October 28 Chicago Bears 15–13 Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Bears–Vikings rivalry
Monday November 4 Denver Broncos 22–21 Oakland Raiders Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Broncos–Raiders rivalry
Monday November 11 Detroit Lions 21–27 San Diego Chargers Jack Murphy Stadium
Monday November 18 Green Bay Packers 6–21 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium Cowboys–Packers rivalry
1995 NFC Championship Game rematch
Monday November 25 Pittsburgh Steelers 24–17 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium
Monday December 2 San Francisco 49ers 34–10 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome
Monday December 9 Kansas City Chiefs 7–26 Oakland Raiders Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Chiefs–Raiders rivalry
Monday December 16 Buffalo Bills 14–16 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium Bills–Dolphins rivalry
1995 AFC Wild Card playoff rematch
Monday December 23 Detroit Lions 14–24 San Francisco 49ers 3Com Park SF Win: Clinch No. 2 Seed With CAR Loss
Wild Card Saturday December 28 Jacksonville Jaguars 30–27 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium AFC No. 5 vs. AFC No. 4 matchup
Minnesota Vikings 15–40 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium NFC No. 6 vs. NFC No. 3 matchup
1997 Pro Bowl February 2 AFC 26–23 NFC Aloha Stadium

1997 NFL season

The September 22 game between the Steelers and the Jaguars (playing on Monday night for the first time in their short history) had one of the craziest endings in MNF history. The Jaguars were up 2 with almost no time left and Pittsburgh attempted a game-winning field goal. Jacksonville blocked it and Chris Hudson returned it the other way for a touchdown. During the return, Steelers head coach Bill Cowher cocked his fist back like he was going to throw a punch at Hudson when he was running down the Steelers sideline for the winning score. The extra point was finally kicked about 15 minutes after ABC signed off.

The October 27 game between the Bears and the Dolphins was rescheduled because Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, which featured the Florida Marlins, had to play at Pro Player Stadium on Sunday night, when the Dolphins originally were slated to host the Bears. Therefore, the game was moved to Monday night and was played simultaneously with the Packers-Patriots game (a rematch of Super Bowl XXXI, the only time MNF aired a rematch of a Super Bowl from the year before and the last Super Bowl rematch until the Broncos-Seahawks game in 2014). The Bears-Dolphins game, originally to be shown on Fox, was broadcast only in the Chicago and Miami areas as part of ABC's ''Monday Night Football.'' The rest of the country saw the previously scheduled game: a Super Bowl rematch between Green Bay and New England. After the conclusion of the Packer game, viewers were not taken to the conclusion of the close Bears win but instead went to local news. Because the Bears-Dolphins game was intended to be played Sunday on Fox (which aired Super Bowl XXXI, at the time the network's highest-rated program ever, and would have aired the Packers-Patriots game if it was played on Sunday afternoon as well), this marked a rare time in history where the Dolphins wore their white jerseys in a nighttime home game.

The November 10 game between the 49ers and the Eagles was the infamous game in which a fan had fired off a flare gun in Veterans Stadium, leading to the introduction of the court in the stadium.

The December 15 game between the 49ers and the Broncos is remembered for Jerry Rice's return from a torn ACL suffered in Week 1 against Tampa Bay, (however he suffer a cracked kneecap on a touchdown catch in the second quarter and missed the remainder of the season) and the jersey retirement ceremony for Joe Montana. The game is also well known for an incident where Broncos linebacker (and former 49er) Bill Romanowski spitting in the face of 49ers wide receiver J.J. Stokes.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Home Team Stadium Significance
Monday September 1 Chicago Bears 24–38 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field Bears–Packers rivalry
Monday September 8 Kansas City Chiefs 28–27 Oakland Raiders Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Chiefs–Raiders rivalry
Monday September 15 Philadelphia Eagles 20–21 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium Cowboys–Eagles rivalry
Monday September 22 Pittsburgh Steelers 21–30 Jacksonville Jaguars Alltel Stadium
Monday September 29 San Francisco 49ers 34–21 Carolina Panthers Ericsson Stadium
Monday October 6 New England Patriots 13–34 Denver Broncos Mile High Stadium Broncos–Patriots rivalry
Monday October 13 Dallas Cowboys 16–21 Washington Redskins Jack Kent Cooke Stadium Cowboys–Redskins rivalry
Monday October 20 Buffalo Bills 9–6 Indianapolis Colts RCA Dome
Monday October 27 Green Bay Packers 28–10 New England Patriots Foxboro Stadium Super Bowl XXXI rematch
Chicago Bears 36–33 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium
Monday November 3 Pittsburgh Steelers 10–13 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium
Monday November 10 San Francisco 49ers 24–12 Philadelphia Eagles Veterans Stadium 1996 NFC Wild Card playoff rematch
Monday November 17 Buffalo Bills 13–30 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium Bills–Dolphins rivalry
Monday November 24 Oakland Raiders 3–31 Denver Broncos Mile High Stadium Broncos–Raiders rivalry
Monday December 1 Green Bay Packers 27–11 Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Packers–Vikings rivalry
Monday December 8 Carolina Panthers 23–13 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium 1996 NFC Divisional playoff rematch
Monday December 15 Denver Broncos 17–34 San Francisco 49ers 3Com Park Joe Montana's jersey retirement night, and Jerry Rice's much-anticipated return
Monday December 22 New England Patriots 14–12 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium Dolphins–Patriots rivalry
Winner: AFC East Champions, host loser in AFC No. 6 vs. AFC No. 3 Wild Card Game.
Wild Card Saturday December 27 Minnesota Vikings 23–22 New York Giants Giants Stadium NFC No. 6 vs. NFC No. 3 matchup
Jacksonville Jaguars 17–42 Denver Broncos Mile High Stadium 1996 AFC Divisional playoff rematch
AFC No. 5 vs. AFC No. 4 matchup
1998 Pro Bowl February 1 NFC 24–29 AFC Aloha Stadium

1998 NFL season

This season was notable because it featured the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the first time since 1983 when the team lost to the Green Bay Packers on December 12 of that year. The team played two Monday night games in 1998 losing to Detroit in Week 4 but beating Green Bay in Week 14. Ironically, the December 1983 game was the second and final Monday night game played at Tampa Stadium though ABC would air Super Bowl XXV played at the stadium. The December 7, 1998 game versus Green Bay was the first Monday night played at Raymond James Stadium and came just about 5 days shy of 15 years after the previous game hosted in Tampa.

The October 5th game between Minnesota and Green Bay proved to be the coming out moment for Wide Receiver Randy Moss. He caught 5 passes for 190 yards and 2 scores in the Minnesota victory.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Home Team Stadium Significance
Monday September 7 New England Patriots 21–27 Denver Broncos Mile High Stadium Broncos–Patriots rivalry
Monday September 14 San Francisco 49ers 45–10 Washington Redskins Jack Kent Cooke Stadium
Monday September 21 Dallas Cowboys 31–7 New York Giants Giants Stadium Cowboys–Giants rivalry
Monday September 28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6–27 Detroit Lions Pontiac Silverdome 1997 NFC Wild Card playoff rematch
Monday October 5 Minnesota Vikings 37–24 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field Packers–Vikings rivalry
Monday October 12 Miami Dolphins 21–28 Jacksonville Jaguars Alltel Stadium
Monday October 19 New York Jets 24–14 New England Patriots Foxboro Stadium Jets–Patriots rivalry
Monday October 26 Pittsburgh Steelers 20–13 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium
Monday November 2 Dallas Cowboys 34–0 Philadelphia Eagles Veterans Stadium Cowboys–Eagles rivalry
Monday November 9 Green Bay Packers 20–27 Pittsburgh Steelers Three Rivers Stadium
Monday November 16 Denver Broncos 30–7 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium Broncos–Chiefs rivalry
1997 AFC Divisional playoff rematch
Monday November 23 Miami Dolphins 23–26 New England Patriots Foxboro Stadium Dolphins–Patriots rivalry
1997 AFC Wild Card playoff rematch
Monday November 30 New York Giants 7–31 San Francisco 49ers 3Com Park 49ers–Giants rivalry
Monday December 7 Green Bay Packers 22–24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium 1997 NFC Divisional playoff rematch
Monday December 14 Detroit Lions 13–34 San Francisco 49ers 3Com Park
Monday December 21 Denver Broncos 21–31 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium
Monday December 28 Pittsburgh Steelers 3–20 Jacksonville Jaguars Alltel Stadium JAX Win: Clinch No. 2 Seed With NYJ Loss
Wild Card Saturday January 2 Buffalo Bills 17–24 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium Bills–Dolphins rivalry
AFC No. 5 vs. AFC No. 4 matchup
Arizona Cardinals 20–7 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium NFC No. 6 vs. NFC No. 3 matchup
1999 Pro Bowl February 7 NFC 10–23 AFC Aloha Stadium

1999 NFL season

The September 27 game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals is remembered for Aeneas Williams' knockdown of Steve Young that resulted in a career-ending concussion.

The October 25 game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Pittsburgh Steelers was the last Monday night game played at Three Rivers Stadium.

Two days after the November 22 game between the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos, the world's first computer-animated sequel, Toy Story 2 was released by Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios.

The AFC wild card game on January 8 is remembered for a lateral on a kickoff return that gave the Tennessee Titans the win against the Buffalo Bills. It is called the Music City Miracle.

Super Bowl XXXIV came down to the final playKevin Dyson of the Tennessee Titans was stopped just short of the end zone, preserving the victory for the St. Louis Rams.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Home Team Stadium Significance
Monday September 13 Miami Dolphins 38–21 Denver Broncos Mile High Stadium 1998 AFC Divisional playoff rematch
Monday September 20 Atlanta Falcons 7–24 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium
Monday September 27 San Francisco 49ers 24–10 Arizona Cardinals Sun Devil Stadium 49ers–Cardinals rivalry
Monday October 4 Buffalo Bills 23–18 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium Bills–Dolphins rivalry
1998 AFC Wild Card playoff rematch
Monday October 11 Jacksonville Jaguars 16–6 New York Jets Giants Stadium 1998 AFC Divisional playoff rematch
Monday October 18 Dallas Cowboys 10–13 New York Giants Giants Stadium Cowboys–Giants rivalry
Monday October 25 Atlanta Falcons 9–13 Pittsburgh Steelers Three Rivers Stadium
Monday November 1 Seattle Seahawks 27–7 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field Packers–Seahawks rivalry
Monday November 8 Dallas Cowboys 17–27 Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Cowboys–Vikings rivalry
Monday November 15 New York Jets 24–17 New England Patriots Foxboro Stadium Jets–Patriots rivalry
Monday November 22 Oakland Raiders 21–27 Denver Broncos Mile High Stadium Broncos–Raiders rivalry
Monday November 29 Green Bay Packers 20–3 San Francisco 49ers 3Com Park 1998 NFC Wild Card playoff rematch
Monday December 6 Minnesota Vikings 17–24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium
Monday December 13 Denver Broncos 24–27 Jacksonville Jaguars Alltel Stadium
Monday December 20 Green Bay Packers 20–24 Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Packers–Vikings rivalry
Monday December 27 New York Jets 38–31 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium Dolphins–Jets rivalry
Monday January 3 San Francisco 49ers 29–34 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome 1998 NFC Divisional playoff rematch
Wild Card Saturday January 8 Buffalo Bills 16–22 Tennessee Titans Adelphia Coliseum AFC No. 5 vs. AFC No. 4 matchup
Music City Miracle
Detroit Lions 13–27 Washington Redskins Jack Kent Cooke Stadium NFC No. 6 vs. NFC No. 3 matchup
Super Bowl XXXIV January 30 St. Louis Rams 23–16 Tennessee Titans Georgia Dome NFC No. 1 vs. AFC No. 4 matchup
2000 Pro Bowl February 6 NFC 51–31 AFC Aloha Stadium


2000 NFL season

The September 4 game marked the first MNF appearance for the previous season's Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams since moving from Los Angeles in 1995, and the first MNF game in St. Louis in fourteen years.

The week after that, the New York Jets hosted the New England Patriots – one full year before the September 11 attacks devastated New York City, among other places.

The September 25 game marked Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning's debut on Monday Night Football.

The October 16 game was the first actual Monday night game in Nashville, making the Hank Williams Jr. opening theme even more appropriate as Nashville is a hotbed for country music, which Willams plays. This was also the first MNF game for the Tennessee Titans since their move from Houston to Tennessee in 1997, at which time they were still known as the Oilers (they were renamed as the Titans in 1999).

The October 23 game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets featured "The Monday Night Miracle", when Vinny Testaverde led the Jets to 30 points in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. John Hall kicked the game-winning field goal, finishing the second-biggest comeback in NFL history.

In overtime of the November 6 game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers, Packers wide receiver Antonio Freeman slipped on the wet grass, while Vikings cornerback Cris Dishman deflected the pass at the 20-yard line. The ball bounced off Freeman's shoulder, he rolled over, and it fell into his chest and right hand without touching the ground. While Dishman agonized over what he thought should have been an interception, Freeman stood up and ran for the end zone, scoring the game-winning touchdown. The play was replayed and allowed. Al Michaels was quoted as saying in reaction to the game-winning play: "He did WHAT?"

The December 4 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots at New England was the first Monday Night Football telecast at an outdoor Northern stadium after Thanksgiving. Previously, late-season prime time games were reserved for stadiums in the South or West Coast, or domed stadiums. Cold weather prime time telecasts became routine in later years.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Home Team Stadium Significance
Monday September 4 Denver Broncos 36–41 St. Louis Rams Trans World Dome Last two Super Bowl Champions
Monday September 11 New England Patriots 19–20 New York Jets Giants Stadium Jets–Patriots rivalry
Monday September 18 Dallas Cowboys 27–21 Washington Redskins FedExField Cowboys–Redskins rivalry
Monday September 25 Jacksonville Jaguars 14–43 Indianapolis Colts RCA Dome
Monday October 2 Seattle Seahawks 17–24 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium
Monday October 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23–30 Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Monday October 16 Jacksonville Jaguars 13–27 Tennessee Titans Adelphia Coliseum Jaguars–Titans rivalry
1999 AFC Championship Game rematch
Monday October 23 Miami Dolphins 37–40 New York Jets Giants Stadium Dolphins–Jets rivalry
Monday Night Miracle
Monday October 30 Tennessee Titans 27–21 Washington Redskins FedExField
Monday November 6 Minnesota Vikings 20–26 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field Packers–Vikings rivalry
Monday November 13 Oakland Raiders 24–27 Denver Broncos Mile High Stadium Broncos–Raiders rivalry
Monday November 20 Washington Redskins 33–20 St. Louis Rams Trans World Dome
Monday November 27 Green Bay Packers 14–31 Carolina Panthers Ericsson Stadium
Monday December 4 Kansas City Chiefs 24–30 New England Patriots Foxboro Stadium
Monday December 11 Buffalo Bills 20–44 Indianapolis Colts RCA Dome
Monday December 18 St. Louis Rams 35–38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium 1999 NFC Championship Game rematch
Monday December 25 Dallas Cowboys 0–31 Tennessee Titans Adelphia Coliseum TEN win: AFC Central Champions, clinch AFC No. 1 seed
TEN loss: BAL AFC Central Champions, clinch No. 1 seed. TEN AFC No. 4 seeded Wild Card
Wild Card Saturday December 30 Indianapolis Colts 17–23 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium AFC No. 6 vs. AFC No. 3 matchup
St. Louis Rams 28–31 New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome NFC No. 6 vs. NFC No. 3 matchup
2001 Pro Bowl February 4 NFC 17–38 AFC Aloha Stadium

2001 NFL season

The September 17 game between the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens (what would have been the Ravens' first appearance on MNF and the first Monday night game to take place in the city of Baltimore since 1978) was rescheduled to January 7 as the entire slate of week 2 games were postponed after the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center and The Pentagon.

Coincidentally, the New York Giants played the Denver Broncos in the last game prior to the September 11 attacks, and that game was credited for saving lives since it ended after midnight in New York City.

The September 24 game was not only the first MNF game since the attacks, it was also a rematch of one of the most significant games in the program's history – 18 years before at Lambeau Field, the Redskins and Packers combined for 95 points, more than any other Monday night game before or since (the Packers won 48-47, on a last second Jan Stenerud field goal).

The October 1 game was the first Monday night game in the New York City metropolitan area since the attacks. A tribute to the rescue workers at the World Trade Center site was held before the game.

The October 29 game was the first Monday night game ever played at Heinz Field.

Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam recorded the 20,000th point scored in MNF history when he kicked a field goal in the Broncos' 38-28 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Due to Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve falling on Mondays in 2001, the NFL did not schedule games for those days. Instead, ABC aired Saturday night games on those weekends. The former weekend also had games on CBS and Fox that Saturday, marking one of the few times (until 2006) that three different over-the-air networks aired NFL games on the same day. In future seasons when Christmas Eve fell on a Monday, the matchup would feature two teams on the west coast.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Host Team Stadium Significance
Monday September 10 New York Giants 20–31 Denver Broncos Invesco Field at Mile High
Monday September 24 Washington Redskins 0–37 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field
Monday October 1 San Francisco 49ers 19–17 New York Jets Giants Stadium
Monday October 8 St. Louis Rams 35–0 Detroit Lions Pontiac Silverdome
Monday October 15 Washington Redskins 7–9 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium Cowboys–Redskins rivalry
Monday October 22 Philadelphia Eagles 10–9 New York Giants Giants Stadium Eagles–Giants rivalry
2000 NFC Divisional playoff rematch
Monday October 29 Tennessee Titans 7–34 Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field Steelers–Titans rivalry
Monday November 5 Denver Broncos 28–38 Oakland Raiders Network Associates Coliseum Broncos–Raiders rivalry
Monday November 12 Baltimore Ravens 16–10 Tennessee Titans Adelphia Coliseum Ravens–Titans rivalry
2000 AFC Divisional playoff rematch
Monday November 19 New York Giants 16–28 Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 2000 NFC Championship Game rematch
Monday November 26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24–17 St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome
Monday December 3 Green Bay Packers 28–21 Jacksonville Jaguars Alltel Stadium
Monday December 10 Indianapolis Colts 6–41 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium 2000 AFC Wild Card playoff rematch
Monday December 17 St. Louis Rams 34–21 New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome 2000 NFC Wild Card playoff rematch
Saturday December 22 Tennessee Titans 13–10 Oakland Raiders Network Associates Coliseum
Saturday December 29 Baltimore Ravens 10–22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium
Monday January 7 Minnesota Vikings 3–19 Baltimore Ravens PSINet Stadium BAL win: AFC No. 5 seeded Wild Card, NYJ AFC No. 6 seeded Wild Card, SEA eliminated
BAL loss: NYJ AFC No. 5 seeded Wild Card, SEA AFC No. 6 seeded Wild Card, BAL eliminated
Wild Card Saturday January 12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9–31 Philadelphia Eagles Veterans Stadium 2000 NFC Wild Card playoff rematch
NFC No. 6 vs. NFC No. 3 matchup
New York Jets 24–38 Oakland Raiders Network Associates Coliseum AFC No. 6 vs. AFC No. 3 matchup
2002 Pro Bowl February 9 AFC 38–30 NFC Aloha Stadium

2002 NFL season

During the October 14 game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, wide receiver Terrell Owens pulled out a Sharpie following a touchdown and autographed the football.

At halftime of the October 28 game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles, the last of the fourteen clues from the television series Push, Nevada was revealed. By taking the appropriate letters (5th, 1st, 9th, 1st, 5th, 7th, 4th, 1st, 2nd, 7th, 5th, and 2nd) from twelve of those clues, the world "VONGEYELNAIL" was formed. Replacing the 5th, 6th, and 7th letters in the word would change it to "VONGILNAIL", translating it into the phone number 1 (866) 445-6245. The first person to call that number, Mark Nakamoto, won the grand prize of $1,045,000. It was also the final Monday Night Football game played at Veterans Stadium.

The November 11 game between the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos marked the 500th Monday Night Football game. In commemoration, ABC used various themes and images of varied opens during commercial bumpers.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Host Team Stadium Significance
Monday September 9 Pittsburgh Steelers 14–30 New England Patriots Gillette Stadium Patriots–Steelers rivalry
2001 AFC Championship Game rematch
Monday September 16 Philadelphia Eagles 37–7 Washington Redskins FedExField Eagles–Redskins rivalry
Monday September 23 St. Louis Rams 14–26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium
Monday September 30 Denver Broncos 23–34 Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium
Monday October 7 Green Bay Packers 34–21 Chicago Bears Memorial Stadium Bears–Packers rivalry
Monday October 14 San Francisco 49ers 28–21 Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Stadium 49ers–Seahawks rivalry
Monday October 21 Indianapolis Colts 10–28 Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field
Monday October 28 New York Giants 3–17 Philadelphia Eagles Veterans Stadium Eagles–Giants rivalry
Monday November 4 Miami Dolphins 10–24 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field
Monday November 11 Oakland Raiders 34–10 Denver Broncos Invesco Field at Mile High Broncos–Raiders rivalry
Monday November 18 Chicago Bears 16–21 St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome
Monday November 25 Philadelphia Eagles 38–17 San Francisco 49ers 3Com Park
Monday December 2 New York Jets 20–26 Oakland Raiders Network Associates Coliseum 2001 AFC Wild Card playoff rematch
Monday December 9 Chicago Bears 9–27 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium
Monday December 16 New England Patriots 7–24 Tennessee Titans Adelphia Coliseum
Monday December 23 Pittsburgh Steelers 17–7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium
Monday December 30 San Francisco 49ers 20–31 St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome 49ers–Rams rivalry
Wild Card Saturday January 4 Indianapolis Colts 0–41 New York Jets Giants Stadium AFC No. 5 vs. AFC No. 4 matchup
Atlanta Falcons 27–7 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field NFC No. 6 vs. NFC No. 3 matchup
Super Bowl XXXVII January 26 Oakland Raiders 21–48 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Qualcomm Stadium AFC No. 1 vs. NFC No. 2 matchup
2003 Pro Bowl February 4 NFC 20–45 AFC Aloha Stadium

2003 NFL season

Under a new NFL policy, the NFL officially adopted a Thursday night game to open the season (something that was done for the first time the previous season), and no Monday night game in Week 17. The change was designed to maximize opportunities for scheduling between Week 17 and the opening week of the playoffs; in this way, no team could be disadvantaged by potentially having only four days between their final regular season game and a playoff game. Also, the ratings for the last game of the regular season were often low, and the game usually had no playoff meaning (the most likely reason for the scheduling move). To compensate for losing the opening night game (which was successful enough to be upgraded from cable to network television after only one year), ESPN got the Week 17 game that used to be on Monday Night, and aired it on Saturday.

The season saw two improbable comebacks occur. The New York Giants led their game with the Dallas Cowboys 32-29 with 10 seconds left. An out-of-bounds kickoff allowed Dallas to quickly get into field goal position and force overtime. Dallas' Billy Cundiff tied an NFL record with seven field goals as the Cowboys won 35-32. Three weeks later, the Indianapolis Colts trailed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35-14 with 3:43 remaining. They scored three touchdowns in the closing minutes and won 38-35 in overtime after an unsportsmanlike "leaping" call negated a field goal miss by the Colts. Ironically, Simeon Rice, the player charged with "leaping", would later play for the Colts in 2007.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Philadelphia Eagles game was the very first regular season game at Lincoln Financial Field, the third straight year that MNF opened with a stadium's first ever regular season game (following Invesco Field at Mile High in 2001 and Gillette Stadium in 2002).

The Green Bay PackersChicago Bears game was the first played at newly-renovated Soldier Field in 20 months, since a divisional playoff game on January 19, 2002, when the Chicago Bears lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Bears played their 2002 season in Champaign, Illinois.

The Miami DolphinsSan Diego Chargers game was played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona because the Cedar Fire in California forced evacuees to Qualcomm Stadium. Ironically, this was supposed to be the homecoming for former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau, who was playing for Miami at the time.

All AFC West teams appeared on the program in a span of three weeks: the Kansas City Chiefs played at the Oakland Raiders on October 20, the aforementioned Miami Dolphins-San Diego Chargers game, and the New England Patriots-Denver Broncos game on November 3. It was the first time since the realignment that MNF featured all of a division's teams in a 3-week span.

The Green Bay PackersOakland Raiders game was played the day after the death of the father of quarterback Brett Favre. In an inspiring performance, Favre threw for 399 yards and four touchdowns in the Packers' rout.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Host Team Stadium Significance
Thursday September 4 New York Jets 13–16 Washington Redskins FedExField
Monday September 8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17–0 Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field 2002 NFC Championship Game rematch
Monday September 15 Dallas Cowboys 35–32 New York Giants Giants Stadium Cowboys–Giants rivalry
Monday September 22 Oakland Raiders 10–31 Denver Broncos Invesco Field at Mile High Broncos–Raiders rivalry
Monday September 29 Green Bay Packers 38–23 Chicago Bears Soldier Field Bears–Packers rivalry
Monday October 6 Indianapolis Colts 38–35 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium
Monday October 13 Atlanta Falcons 0–36 St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome
Monday October 20 Kansas City Chiefs 17–10 Oakland Raiders McAfee Coliseum Chiefs–Raiders rivalry
Monday October 27 Miami Dolphins 26–10 San Diego Chargers Sun Devil Stadium
Monday November 3 New England Patriots 30–26 Denver Broncos Invesco Field at Mile High Broncos–Patriots rivalry
Monday November 10 Philadelphia Eagles 17–14 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field
Monday November 17 Pittsburgh Steelers 14–30 San Francisco 49ers 3Com Park
Monday November 24 New York Giants 13–19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium
Monday December 1 Tennessee Titans 17–24 New York Jets Giants Stadium
Monday December 8 St. Louis Rams 26–20 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Stadium
Monday December 15 Philadelphia Eagles 34–27 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium
Monday December 22 Green Bay Packers 41–7 Oakland Raiders McAfee Coliseum
Wild Card Saturday January 3 Tennessee Titans 20–17 Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium Ravens–Titans rivalry
AFC No. 5 vs. AFC No. 4 matchup
Dallas Cowboys 10–29 Carolina Panthers Ericsson Stadium NFC No. 6 vs. NFC No. 3 matchup

2004 NFL season

The Philadelphia EaglesDallas Cowboys game drew controversy when ABC aired a risqué pregame skit featuring Eagles receiver Terrell Owens and Desperate Housewives actress Nicollette Sheridan. Owens caught three touchdowns in the game.

The Cincinnati Bengals played their first MNF game since 1992.

The Miami Dolphins pulled off a classic upset over the New England Patriots on December 20. Trailing 17-28 with 3:59 left, the Dolphins drove 68 yards to score on Sammy Morris' 1-yard run with 2:07 remaining, and then on a third down play, Tom Brady threw as he was being sacked by Jason Taylor. The ill-advised, off-balance pass sailed directly to linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, giving Miami a first down at the Patriots' 21 with 1:45 to go. Three plays later, A. J. Feeley threw for the game-winning score, a 21-yard pass to Derrius Thompson on fourth-and-10 with 1:23 left. The Dolphins wore orange jerseys for only the second time in team history.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Host Team Stadium Significance
Thursday September 9 Indianapolis Colts 24–27 New England Patriots Gillette Stadium Colts–Patriots rivalry
Tom Brady–Peyton Manning rivalry
2003 AFC Championship Game rematch
Monday September 13 Green Bay Packers 24–14 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium
Monday September 20 Minnesota Vikings 16–27 Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field
Monday September 27 Dallas Cowboys 21–18 Washington Redskins FedExField Cowboys–Redskins rivalry
Monday October 4 Kansas City Chiefs 27–24 Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium
Monday October 11 Tennessee Titans 48–27 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field
Monday October 18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21–28 St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome
Monday October 25 Denver Broncos 10–23 Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium
Monday November 1 Miami Dolphins 14–41 New York Jets Giants Stadium Dolphins–Jets rivalry
Monday November 8 Minnesota Vikings 28–31 Indianapolis Colts RCA Dome
Monday November 15 Philadelphia Eagles 49–21 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium Cowboys–Eagles rivalry
Monday November 22 New England Patriots 27–19 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium
Monday November 29 St. Louis Rams 17–45 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field
Monday December 6 Dallas Cowboys 43–39 Seattle Seahawks Qwest Field
Monday December 13 Kansas City Chiefs 49–38 Tennessee Titans Adelphia Coliseum
Monday December 20 New England Patriots 28–29 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium Dolphins–Patriots rivalry
Monday December 27 Philadelphia Eagles 7–20 St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome
Wild Card Saturday January 8 St. Louis Rams 27–20 Seattle Seahawks Qwest Field NFC No. 5 vs. NFC No. 4 matchup
New York Jets 20–17 San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadium AFC No. 5 vs. AFC No. 4 matchup

2005 NFL season

This marked the final season for Monday Night Football on ABC.[6] An impromptu doubleheader was scheduled on September 19 when the New Orleans Saints scheduled Sunday home opener with the New York Giants was rescheduled due to Hurricane Katrina's extensive damage to the Louisiana Superdome. The game was moved to the Giants' home field at Giants Stadium for Monday night with a special start time of 7:30 P.M. EDT, though the Giants were still the road team. (Usually, the only time the Giants are the road team in their own stadium is when they play the New York Jets.) ABC held a telethon to raise money for victims of the hurricane during the broadcast. At 9:00 P.M., ABC viewers outside New York and New Orleans moved to the Redskins-Cowboys game, while the Giants-Saints game aired on ESPN (the inverse was true for the New York and New Orleans markets). This could be considered the pilot episode of the ESPN series as well. When the Giants-Saints game was over, the New York and New Orleans markets were switched to the Redskins-Cowboys for the conclusion of that game.

The record for largest Monday night victory was tied and later broken during the season. The Seattle Seahawks 42-0 win over Philadelphia tied the record set in the Miami Dolphins' 45-3 victory over the New York Jets in 1986. Two weeks later, the Baltimore Ravens bested the margin in their win over the Green Bay Packers, crushing them 48-3. The Seattle win over Philadelphia was in the midst of a bad season for the Eagles and ended up leading to NBC getting flexible scheduling built into its Sunday Night Football schedules.

The Atlanta Falcons became the first team to win three home games on Monday night, beating the Eagles, Jets, and Saints. The final Monday Night Football game on ABC saw the New England Patriots beat the Jets 31-21; this was the same score the Jets were defeated by in the very first MNF telecast, when they played the Cleveland Browns.

ABC's final NFL broadcast, Super Bowl XL, was plagued by controversial calls made by officials. The calls later reviewed by the NFL were all found to have merit; therefore not changing the outcome of the game. Had the Seahawks won, they would have been one of a handful of teams to beat both Pennsylvania-based NFL teams on ABC in the same season.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Host Team Stadium Significance
Thursday September 8 Oakland Raiders 20–30 New England Patriots Gillette Stadium
Monday September 12 Philadelphia Eagles 10–14 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome 2004 NFC Championship Game rematch
Monday September 19 New York Giants 27–10 New Orleans Saints Giants Stadium
Washington Redskins 14–13 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium Cowboys–Redskins rivalry
Monday September 26 Kansas City Chiefs 10–30 Denver Broncos Invesco Field at Mile High Broncos–Chiefs rivalry
Monday October 3 Green Bay Packers 29–32 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium
Monday October 10 Pittsburgh Steelers 24–22 San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadium
Monday October 17 St. Louis Rams 28–45 Indianapolis Colts RCA Dome
Monday October 24 New York Jets 14–27 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome
Monday October 31 Baltimore Ravens 19–20 Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field Ravens–Steelers rivalry
Monday November 7 Indianapolis Colts 40–21 New England Patriots Gillette Stadium Colts–Patriots rivalry
Tom Brady–Peyton Manning rivalry
2004 AFC Divisional playoff rematch
Monday November 14 Dallas Cowboys 21–20 Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field Cowboys–Eagles rivalry
Monday November 21 Minnesota Vikings 20–17 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field Packers–Vikings rivalry
2004 NFC Wild Card playoff rematch
Monday November 28 Pittsburgh Steelers 7–26 Indianapolis Colts RCA Dome
Monday December 5 Seattle Seahawks 42–0 Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field
Monday December 12 New Orleans Saints 17–36 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome Falcons–Saints rivalry
Monday December 19 Green Bay Packers 3–48 Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium
Monday December 26 New England Patriots 31–21 New York Jets Giants Stadium Jets–Patriots rivalry
Wild Card Saturday January 7 Washington Redskins 17–10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium NFC No. 6 vs. NFC No. 3 matchup
Jacksonville Jaguars 3–28 New England Patriots Gillette Stadium AFC No. 5 vs. AFC No. 4 matchup
Super Bowl XL February 5 Seattle Seahawks 10–21 Pittsburgh Steelers Ford Field NFC No. 1 vs. AFC No. 6 matchup

2006 NFL season

This marked the first season of Monday night games broadcast on ESPN. The season began with the first-ever scheduled Monday night doubleheader. The Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins had the honor of playing ESPN's first ever telecast with the Vikings winning the game in a defensive battle. The San Diego Chargers shut out the Oakland Raiders in the night cap.

September 25 saw the New Orleans Saints return to the Louisiana Superdome for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. The game was preceded by musical performances by the Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, and U2.

The October 23 game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys became the highest-rated program in the history of cable television, being watched by over 16 million people.[7]

The December 25 match between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins was the second game of the day as NBC aired a game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. This marked the first time since 1997 both networks aired a game on the same day.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Host Team Stadium Significance
Monday September 11 Minnesota Vikings 19–16 Washington Redskins FedExField
San Diego Chargers 27–0 Oakland Raiders McAfee Coliseum Chargers–Raiders rivalry
Monday September 18 Pittsburgh Steelers 0–9 Jacksonville Jaguars Alltel Stadium
Monday September 25 Atlanta Falcons 3–23 New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome Falcons–Saints rivalry
Monday October 2 Green Bay Packers 9–31 Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field
Monday October 9 Baltimore Ravens 3–13 Denver Broncos Invesco Field at Mile High
Monday October 16 Chicago Bears 24–23 Arizona Cardinals University of Phoenix Stadium Bears–Cardinals rivalry
Monday October 23 New York Giants 36–22 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium Cowboys–Giants rivalry
Monday October 30 New England Patriots 31–7 Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Monday November 6 Oakland Raiders 0–16 Seattle Seahawks Qwest Field Raiders–Seahawks rivalry
Monday November 13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10–24 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium Buccaneers–Panthers rivalry
Monday November 20 New York Giants 10–26 Jacksonville Jaguars Alltel Stadium
Monday November 27 Green Bay Packers 24–34 Seattle Seahawks Qwest Field Packers–Seahawks rivalry
Monday December 4 Carolina Panthers 24–27 Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field
Monday December 11 Chicago Bears 42–27 St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome
Monday December 18 Cincinnati Bengals 16–34 Indianapolis Colts RCA Dome
Monday December 25 New York Jets 13–10 Miami Dolphins Dolphin Stadium Dolphins–Jets rivalry

U.S. television ratings

Viewer numbers (based on average total viewers per episode) of Monday Night Football on ESPN. All times Eastern.

With the exception of the September 11, 2006 ChargersRaiders game, Monday Night Football was the most-watched program on cable until the premiere of High School Musical 2 which had 17 million viewers, breaking Monday Night Football's record of 16 million. The "It would have ranked..." column indicated what Monday Night Football would have ranked in the respective weekly viewer rankings, if it were ranked among the programs that aired on the main broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW).

Date Timeslot Score Viewers Total
(in millions)
It would
have ranked...
September 11, 2006 Monday 7:00PM Minnesota Vikings 19
Washington Redskins 16
12.6[8] #10
Monday 10:22PM San Diego Chargers 27
Oakland Raiders 0
10.5[8] #14
September 18, 2006 Monday 8:30PM Pittsburgh Steelers 0
Jacksonville Jaguars 9
13.3[9] #21
September 25, 2006 Atlanta Falcons 3
New Orleans Saints 23
14.9[10] #14
October 2, 2006 Green Bay Packers 9
Philadelphia Eagles 31
12.9[11] #27
October 9, 2006 Baltimore Ravens 3
Denver Broncos 13
12.5[12] #27
October 16, 2006 Chicago Bears 24
Arizona Cardinals 23
14.2[13] #19
October 23, 2006 New York Giants 36
Dallas Cowboys 22
16.0[7] #14
October 30, 2006 New England Patriots 31
Minnesota Vikings 7
11.9[14] #29
November 6, 2006 Oakland Raiders 0
Seattle Seahawks 16
9.9[15] #39
November 13, 2006 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10
Carolina Panthers 24
9.6 #39
November 20, 2006 New York Giants 10
Jacksonville Jaguars 26
11.0 #31
November 27, 2006 Green Bay Packers 24
Seattle Seahawks 34
12.7 #24
December 4, 2006 Carolina Panthers 24
Philadelphia Eagles 27
10.5 #25
December 11, 2006 Chicago Bears 42
St. Louis Rams 27
11.2 #20
December 18, 2006 Cincinnati Bengals 16
Indianapolis Colts 34
14.2 #3
December 25, 2006 New York Jets 13
Miami Dolphins 10
11.1 #7

According to news services, ESPN's telecast of the New York Giants' 36-22 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, October 23, 2006 was viewed by the largest audience in cable history.

The game, featuring two of the NFL's biggest rivals, was seen in an average of 11,807,000 homes, based on a 12.8 rating. That translates to 16,028,000 viewers (a cable ratings point represents 923,000 households).

The previous record for cable television was the debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in November 1993, between then-vice president Al Gore and Ross Perot, [which aired on CNN's Larry King Live]."[7]

We've never believed the acronyms NAFTA and MNF belonged in the same sentence, and we're thrilled to have established MNF as the home of cable's biggest audience ever, said Norby! Williamson, ESPN executive vice president for studio and remote production. "That fans have responded with the record is very rewarding and a vivid reminder of the power of Monday Night Football."[7]

The nine most-watched programs ever on ESPN (as well as being 9 of the top 10 most-watched programs ever on cable, excluding breaking news[7]) are:

2007 NFL season

The November 26 Miami DolphinsPittsburgh Steelers contest was the lowest-scoring game in Monday Night Football's 38-year history; it threatened to become the first scoreless NFL game since 1943 until just 17 seconds remaining, when Steelers kicker Jeff Reed booted a 24-yard field goal to win it, 3-0. Both offenses were stymied by a heavy thunderstorm which delayed kickoff for about twenty minutes; also, local high school football championship games the preceding weekend left the field in less-than-desirable shape. (The game also marked the return of Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter to Pittsburgh where he won a Super Bowl with the Steelers in 2005.)

The December 3 New England PatriotsBaltimore Ravens game finished with 17.5 million viewers, topping the debut of corporate sibling Disney Channel's premiere of the High School Musical 2 movie as the highest-rated cable television program of all-time.

The October 29 game between the Green Bay Packers and the Denver Broncos marked the Packers' first win in Denver after losing their previous 7 games.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Host Team Stadium Significance
Monday September 10 Baltimore Ravens 20–27 Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium Bengals–Ravens rivalry
Arizona Cardinals 17–20 San Francisco 49ers Monster Park 49ers–Cardinals rivalry
Monday September 17 Washington Redskins 20–12 Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field Eagles–Redskins rivalry
Monday September 24 Tennessee Titans 31–14 New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome
Monday October 1 New England Patriots 34–13 Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium
Monday October 8 Dallas Cowboys 25–24 Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium
Monday October 15 New York Giants 31–10 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome
Monday October 22 Indianapolis Colts 29–7 Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
Monday October 29 Green Bay Packers 19–13 Denver Broncos Invesco Field at Mile High Super Bowl XXXII rematch
Monday November 5 Baltimore Ravens 7–38 Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field Ravens–Steelers rivalry
Monday November 12 San Francisco 49ers 0–24 Seattle Seahawks Qwest Field 49ers–Seahawks rivalry
Monday November 19 Tennessee Titans 20–34 Denver Broncos Invesco Field at Mile High
Monday November 26 Miami Dolphins 0–3 Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field
Monday December 3 New England Patriots 27–24 Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium Patriots–Ravens rivalry
Monday December 10 New Orleans Saints 34–14 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome Falcons–Saints rivalry
Monday December 17 Chicago Bears 13–20 Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Bears–Vikings rivalry
Monday December 24 Denver Broncos 3–23 San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadium Broncos–Chargers rivalry

2008 NFL season

On September 8, Aaron Rodgers debuted as the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers in their victory over the Minnesota Vikings. It was the first game since September 20, 1992 in which Brett Favre was not the team's starter.

The September 15 game was the highest combined score in the 98 meetings between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys, and the second-highest score in the first half of any MNF game. The game drew 18.6 million viewers, the most-watched MNF game on ESPN and the most-watched cable television broadcast in history. The game was also the last MNF game for Texas Stadium as the Cowboys would move into Cowboys Stadium the next season.

The December 1 game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans was the Texans' first MNF game in franchise history and the first MNF game in Houston since 1994.

The temperature at kickoff for the December 22 game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears was 2 degrees, making it the coldest game in the history of Monday Night Football and the coldest NFL game ever played in Chicago.[17] Before 2000, Monday night games in December or January were played in the South, the West Coast, or domed stadiums to avoid extreme cold.

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Host Team Stadium Significance
Monday September 8 Minnesota Vikings 19–24 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field Packers–Vikings rivalry
Denver Broncos 41–14 Oakland Raiders McAfee Coliseum Broncos–Raiders rivalry
Monday September 15 Philadelphia Eagles 37–41 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium Cowboys–Eagles rivalry
Monday September 22 New York Jets 29–48 San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadium
Monday September 29 Baltimore Ravens 20–23 Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field Ravens–Steelers rivalry
Monday October 6 Minnesota Vikings 30–27 New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome Saints–Vikings rivalry
Monday October 13 New York Giants 14–35 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Stadium
Monday October 20 Denver Broncos 7–41 New England Patriots Gillette Stadium Broncos–Patriots rivalry
Monday October 27 Indianapolis Colts 21–31 Tennessee Titans LP Field
Monday November 3 Pittsburgh Steelers 23–6 Washington Redskins FedExField
Monday November 10 San Francisco 49ers 24–29 Arizona Cardinals University of Phoenix Stadium 49ers–Cardinals rivalry
Monday November 17 Cleveland Browns 29–27 Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium
Monday November 24 Green Bay Packers 29–51 New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome
Monday December 1 Jacksonville Jaguars 13–30 Houston Texans Reliant Stadium
Monday December 8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23–38 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium Buccaneers–Panthers rivalry
Monday December 15 Cleveland Browns 10–30 Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field
Monday December 22 Green Bay Packers 17–20 Chicago Bears Soldier Field Bears–Packers rivalry

2009 NFL season

The September 28 game between the Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys was the first time Cowboys Stadium (now AT&T Stadium) hosted a Monday night game.

The next week featured the Minnesota Vikings hosting the Green Bay Packers marked the first time quarterback Brett Favre faced his former team. Favre completed 24 of his 31 pass attempts for 271 yards and 3 touchdowns and became the first quarterback in NFL history to defeat all 32 current franchises. On defense, Vikings defensive end Jared Allen had a career best 4.5 sacks. On the business front, the game scored an overnight metered 14.2 Nielsen rating including a 58.3 rating in Minneapolis and a 49.7 rating in Green Bay. In addition, the game averaged 21.8 million viewers which made the game the highest rated program in cable television history. In second place was Week 12's hyped matchup between the undefeated New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots which averaged 21.4 million viewers.[18][19]

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Host Team Stadium Significance
Monday September 14 Buffalo Bills 24–25 New England Patriots Gillette Stadium Bills–Patriots rivalry
San Diego Chargers 24–20 Oakland Raiders Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Chargers–Raiders rivalry
Monday September 21 Indianapolis Colts 27–23 Miami Dolphins Land Shark Stadium
Monday September 28 Carolina Panthers 7–21 Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Stadium
Monday October 5 Green Bay Packers 23–30 Minnesota Vikings Mall of America Field Packers–Vikings rivalry
Monday October 12 New York Jets 27–31 Miami Dolphins Land Shark Stadium Dolphins–Jets rivalry
Monday October 19 Denver Broncos 34–23 San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadium Broncos–Chargers rivalry
Monday October 26 Philadelphia Eagles 27–17 Washington Redskins FedExField Eagles–Redskins rivalry
Monday November 2 Atlanta Falcons 27–35 New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome Falcons–Saints rivalry
Monday November 9 Pittsburgh Steelers 28–10 Denver Broncos Invesco Field at Mile High Broncos–Steelers rivalry
Monday November 16 Baltimore Ravens 16–0 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Stadium Browns–Ravens rivalry
Monday November 23 Tennessee Titans 20–17 Houston Texans Reliant Stadium Texans–Titans rivalry
Monday November 30 New England Patriots 17–38 New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome
Monday December 7 Baltimore Ravens 14–27 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field
Monday December 14 Arizona Cardinals 9–24 San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park 49ers-Cardinals rivalry
Monday December 21 New York Giants 45–12 Washington Redskins FedExField Giants–Redskins rivalry
Monday December 28 Minnesota Vikings 30–36 Chicago Bears Soldier Field Bears–Vikings rivalry

Team Standings (1990–2009)

The postseason games, though covered by the ABC Monday Night Football team, are excluded from the standings.

Team Games Won Lost Pct.
Indianapolis Colts 19 12 7 .632
Kansas City Chiefs 24 13 11 .542
Pittsburgh Steelers 33 24 9 .727
New York Jets 19 8 11 .421
San Diego Chargers 14 8 6 .571
Dallas Cowboys 36 23 13 .639
Philadelphia Eagles 35 20 15 .571
New York Giants 26 11 15 .423
San Francisco 49ers 38 26 12 .684
Denver Broncos 37 16 21 .432
Atlanta Falcons 15 4 11 .267
Chicago Bears 25 10 15 .400
Seattle Seahawks 10 7 3 .700
Green Bay Packers 38 20 18 .526
Arizona Cardinals 6 1 5 .167
Washington Redskins 26 9 17 .346
New England Patriots 25 15 10 .600
Miami Dolphins 37 16 21 .432
Oakland Raiders[a] 30 9 21 .300
Cleveland Browns 11 4 7 .364
Cincinnati Bengals 9 3 6 .333
Tennessee Titans[b] 22 12 10 .545
New Orleans Saints 18 8 10 .444
Buffalo Bills 23 11 12 .478
St. Louis Rams[c] 20 9 11 .450
Minnesota Vikings 28 14 14 .500
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15 8 7 .533
Detroit Lions 10 4 6 .400
Carolina Panthers[d] 9 5 4 .556
Jacksonville Jaguars[e] 12 7 5 .583
Baltimore Ravens[f] 14 5 9 .357
Houston Texans[g] 2 1 1 .500
  1. ^ Los Angeles Raiders, 1982-1994
  2. ^ Houston Oilers, 1960-1996
  3. ^ Los Angeles Rams, 1946–1994, 2016-present
  4. ^ First season: 1995
  5. ^ First season: 1995
  6. ^ First season: 1996
  7. ^ First season: 2002

See also


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