|Thursday, April 3, 2003|
What was the greatest Monday Night Football game?
On Nov. 11, 2002, the Raiders and Broncos played in the 500th regular season telecast of Monday Night Football. To celebrate, we asked fans to vote for their favorite MNF game. They selected the Jets' comeback over the Dolphins in 2000. Here is a rundown of the five games.
Nov. 20, 1978 -- Miami at Houston
Oilers 35, Dolphins 30
Earl Campbell rushed for 199 yards and four touchdowns as he outdueled Bob Griese at the Astrodome. Miami took a 23-21 lead early in the fourth quarter when A.J. Duhe sacked Dan Pastorini in the end zone for a safety. But Campbell scored twice in the final seven minutes, including an 81-yard sprint with 1:11 to go to ice the game. Griese, who threw an 11-yard TD pass on the game's final play, finished the night 23-for-33 for 349 yards and two TDs.
Sept. 5, 1983 -- Dallas at Washington
Cowboys 31, Redskins 30
Danny White passed for three second-half touchdowns and ran for another to rally Dallas from a 23-3 halftime deficit to beat the defending Super Bowl champions. The Cowboys compiled only 85 first-half yards, but exploded for 271 in the final two quarters. White completed bombs of 75 and 51 yards to Tony Hill to put the Cowboys within striking distance. His 1-yard TD run 2:35 into the final quarter put Dallas up 24-23. Joe Theismann tried to rally Washington, but Ron Fellows' 33-yard interception return set up Doug Cosbie's 1-yard scoring catch two plays later to clinch the game.
Dec. 2, 1985 -- Chicago at Miami
Dolphins 38, Bears 24
Dan Marino threw three touchdown passes and Ron Davenport ran for two more as the Dolphins handed the Bears their first (and only) loss of the season. Davenport's TD runs and Marino's two scoring passes to Nat Moore highlighted Miami's first-half explosion, scoring on their first five possessions to take a 31-10 lead. The Bears, who had shut out their previous two opponents, had come into the game 12-0 and looking to become just the second team in NFL history to finish a season undefeated.
Oct. 17, 1994 -- Kansas City at Denver
Chiefs 31, Broncos 28
In one of the greatest exhibitions of gunslinging quarterbacks, Joe Montana and John Elway battled back-and-forth all night at Mile High. The game was tied after one quarter. The game was tied at the half. The game was tied after three quarters. Then, with 4:08 to go, Lin Elliott kicked a 19-yard field goal to give the Chiefs a 24-21 lead. Elway brought the Broncos back, and finished off the drive with a 4-yard TD run with 1:29 to go. Montana responded again, this time hitting Willie Davis for a 5-yard touchdown with eight seconds to go to give the Chiefs the win.
Oct. 23, 2000 -- Miami at New York Jets
Jets 40, Dolphins 37 (OT)
With Miami leading 30-7 early in the fourth quarter, the crowd at Giants Stadium was thinning. But then Vinny Testaverde hit Laveranues Coles with a 30-yard TD pass and Jermaine Wiggins with a 1-yard TD pass. Suddenly it was 30-20. John Hall kicked a 34-yard field goal, and it was a seven-point game with more than five minutes to go. Wayne Chrebet's 24-yard TD catch with 3:55 tied the game. The Dolphins responded with a 46-yard TD pass from Jay Fiedler. But Vinny would not be denied. Testaverde, who would finish the night 36-for-59 for 378 yards and 5 TDs, hit tackle eligible Jumbo Elliott with a 3-yard TD with 42 seconds left and then directed the team to a game-winning field goal by Hall in overtime.
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