MNF History: 1988
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Notes from the 1988 MNF season:

  • The St. Louis Cardinals franchise relocated from the Gateway City to Phoenix. The Monday Night crew made its way to the desert in Week 2, as the Cards hosted the Dallas Cowboys.

  • It was arguably the most exciting Monday Night season to date, as 10 of the 16 games (62.5 percent) were decided by eight points or less.

  • Six new MNF records were set or tied.

    Home team in CAPS
    *denotes record
    MNF results: 1988
    Date Result
    Sept. 5, 1988 N.Y. GIANTS 27, Washington 20
    Sept. 12, 1988 Dallas 17, PHOENIX 14
    Sept. 19, 1988 CLEVELAND 23, Indianapolis 17
    Sept. 26, 1988 L.A. Raiders 30, DENVER 27 (OT)
    Oct. 3, 1988 NEW ORLEANS 20, Dallas 17
    Oct. 10, 1988 PHILADELPHIA 24, N.Y. Giants 13
    Oct. 17, 1988 Buffalo 37, N.Y. JETS 14
    Oct. 24, 1988 CHICAGO 10, Minnesota 9
    Oct. 31, 1988* INDIANAPOLIS 55, Denver 23
    Nov. 7, 1988 HOUSTON 24, Cleveland 17
    Nov. 14, 1988 Buffalo 31, MIAMI 6
    Nov. 21, 1988* SAN FRANCISCO 37, Washington 21
    Nov. 28, 1988* SEATTLE 35, L.A. Raiders 27
    Dec. 5, 1988 L.A. RAMS 23, Chicago 3
    Dec. 12, 1988 MIAMI 38, Cleveland 31
    Dec. 19, 1988* MINNESOTA 28, Chicago 27
    Dec. 28, 1987 New England 24, MIAMI 10

    *Eric Dickerson's 4 rushing TDs versus Denver on Oct. 31 tied MNF records for most rushing touchdowns in a game and most touchdowns in a game.

    *Indianapolis' 55 points surpassed the single-game record set by San Diego in 1982.

    *San Francisco's John Taylor established a new MNF mark with his 95-yard punt return for a touchdown on Nov. 21 against Washington, breaking Dennis McKinnon's year-old mark.

    *Seattle QB Dave Krieg threw five touchdown passes against the L.A Raiders on Nov. 28 to set a new MNF record.

    *Minnesota's Walker Lee Ashley tied Nolan Cromwell's MNF record on Dec. 19 with his 94-yard interception return for a TD.

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