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MNF moments, No. 30: A 107-yard return

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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 to this season's MNF debut.

No. 30: Ravens 34, Broncos 23 | Sept. 30, 2002


The Baltimore Ravens gave the Denver Broncos their first loss of the 2002 season in a game highlighted by Chris McAlister's 107-yard return for a touchdown on a Jason Elam missed field goal attempt to end the first half.

At the time, the return was the longest play in NFL history, and it was aided by a ferocious block by Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis on Keith Burns at the Baltimore 5-yard line. The play put the Ravens up 31-3 at the half, with all 31 points coming in the second quarter -- a franchise high for a single quarter.

The Ravens held on for the win, despite only scoring a field goal in the entire second half.

Lewis said he was ready for McAlister's return and the ensuing touchdown.

"Chris always asks me to play on the punt return," Lewis said. "He said, 'You throw the lead block.' I said that if I get the chance, I'll start it off for him. And I did."