MNF moments, No. 31: Where it all began

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To celebrate the 45th season of "Monday Night Football," a panel of ESPN.com contributors has selected the 45 most memorable moments in MNF history. Follow along as we reveal one per day and count down the number of days to this season's MNF debut.

No. 31: Browns 31, Jets 21 | Sept. 21, 1970

The first "Monday Night Football" game took place in Cleveland, where the Browns defeated the New York Jets 31-21. "Monday Night Football" since has become the longest-running and one of the most successful prime-time sports series in television history.

While the game marked a momentous occasion for ABC as well as the newly merged NFL, Browns owner Art Modell refused to attend the game.

Jets quarterback Joe Namath, the biggest star on the field, threw three interceptions, including one that Billy Andrews returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter with the Jets trailing by three. Cleveland's Homer Jones also returned a kick 94 yards for a touchdown in the game that was dominated by the Browns in the second half.