MNF History: 1980
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Notes from the 1980 MNF season:

  • Dallas defeated Washington 17-3 in Week 1, marking the first of five times that the Cowboys and Redskins would open the regular season on Monday Night.

  • After going 17-43 in their first four seasons, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made their first MNF appearance. They were shut out by the Chicago Bears 23-0. The Yucks finished 5-10-1.

  • The Oakland Raiders went 3-0 on MNF, and became the first wild-card team to win the Super Bowl, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10 in SB XV at the Louisiana Superdome.

  • In perhaps the most memorable moment of the 1980 season, on Dec. 8 in Miami, Howard Cosell showed the reach of the program during his announcement of John Lennon's death.

  • The final Monday Night game of the regular season was important on a number of levels. San Diego's 26-17 win over Pittsburgh earned the Chargers the AFC West title and the top seed in the conference. It was also the highest-rated game of the season (25.3, 40 percent share) and second-highest rated MNF game to date (it's now tied for fourth).

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    MNF results: 1980
    Date Result
    Sept. 8, 1980 Dallas 17, WASHINGTON 3
    Sept. 15, 1980 Houston 16, CLEVELAND 7
    Sept. 22, 1980 PHILADELPHIA 35, N.Y. Giants 3
    Sept. 29, 1980 NEW ENGLAND 23, Denver 14
    Oct. 6, 1980 CHICAGO 23, Tampa Bay 0
    Oct. 13, 1980 DENVER 20, Washington 17
    Oct. 20, 1980 Oakland 45, PITTSBURGH 34
    Oct. 27, 1980 N.Y. JETS 17, Miami 14
    Nov. 3, 1980 Cleveland 27, CHICAGO 21
    Nov. 10, 1980 HOUSTON 38, New England 34
    Nov. 17, 1980 Oakland 19, SEATTLE 17
    Nov. 24, 1980 Los Angeles 27, NEW ORLEANS 7
    Dec. 1, 1980 OAKLAND 9, Denver 3
    Dec. 8, 1980 MIAMI 16, New England 13 (OT)
    Dec. 15, 1980 LOS ANGELES 38, Dallas 14
    Dec. 22, 1980 SAN DIEGO 26, Pittsburgh 17


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