MNF History: 1981
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Notes from the 1981 MNF season:

  • The Nov. 30 game between the Eagles and Dolphins garnered a 25.3 rating, 40 percent share, which at the time tied for the second-highest rated game in the program's history (it's now tied for fourth).

  • For the first time in MNF history, the two eventual Super Bowl teams, the 49ers and the Bengals, did not play a Monday Night game during the regular season.

    Home team in CAPS
    *denotes record
    MNF results: 1981
    Date Result
    Sept. 7, 1981* San Diego 44, CLEVELAND 14
    Sept. 14, 1981 Oakland 36, MINNESOTA 10
    Sept. 21, 1981 Dallas 35, NEW ENGLAND 21
    Sept. 28, 1981 Los Angeles 24, CHICAGO 7
    Oct. 5, 1981 PHILADELPHIA 16, Atlanta 13
    Oct. 12, 1981 BUFFALO 31, Miami 21
    Oct. 19, 1981* DETROIT 48, Chicago 17
    Oct. 26, 1981 PITTSBURGH 26, Houston 13
    Nov. 2, 1981 DENVER 19, Minnesota 17
    Nov. 9, 1981 DALLAS 27, Buffalo 14
    Nov. 16, 1981 SEATTLE 44, San Diego 23
    Nov. 23, 1981 ATLANTA 31, Minnesota 30
    Nov. 30, 1981 MIAMI 13, Philadelphia 10
    Dec. 7, 1981* OAKLAND 30, Pittsburgh 27
    Dec. 14, 1981* LOS ANGELES 21, Atlanta 16
    Dec. 21, 1981 SAN DIEGO 23, Oakland 10

    *The Browns' Brian Sipe threw 57 passes in a loss to the Chargers on Sept. 7.

    *The Lions' Eric Hipple and Leonard Thompson connected on a 94-yard TD pass against the Bears on Oct. 19.

    *Rams safety Nolan Cromwell returned an interception 94 yards, then a Monday Night record.

    *Craig Colquitt of the Steelers kicked the longest punt in MNF history, a 74-yarder against the Raiders on Dec. 7.

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