MNF History: 1987
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Notes from the 1987 MNF season:

  • Dan Dierdorf joined Gifford and Michaels in the booth. Hank Williams Jr.'s "All My Rowdy Friends" became the MNF theme song and a new era in the program was born. The trio of Al, Frank and Dan would work together for the next 11 seasons.

  • The season was shortened to 15 games due to the players' strike, announced by the NFLPA on Sept. 22 after the Week 2 Monday Night affair between the Jets and the Patriots. Week 3 games were canceled, and the games for Weeks 4, 5 and 6 were played by replacement players. Striking players returned Oct. 25-26. On that first weekend back, two games were played on Monday Night -- Rams vs. Browns and Broncos vs. Vikings -- the first time in the program's history that two MNF games were played on the same night.

  • Raiders RB Bo Jackson, playing in only his fifth NFL game, had one of the most dominating individual performances in the program's history, setting a Monday Night record with 221 yards rushing against the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 30. His 91-yard TD run is the second-longest in MNF history.

    Home team in CAPS
    *denotes record
    MNF results: 1987
    Date Result
    Sept. 14, 1987* CHICAGO 34, N.Y. Giants 19
    Sept. 21, 1987 N.Y. JETS 43, New England 24
    Sept. 28, 1987 Cancelled due to strike
    Oct. 5, 1987 San Francisco 41, N.Y. GIANTS 21
    Oct. 12, 1987 DENVER 30, L.A. Raiders 14
    Oct. 19, 1987 Washington 13, DALLAS 7
    Oct. 26, 1987 CLEVELAND 30, L.A. Rams 17
    Oct. 26, 1987 MINNESOTA 34, Denver 27
    Nov. 2, 1987 DALLAS 33, N.Y. Giants 24
    Nov. 9, 1987 N.Y. JETS 30, Seattle 14
    Nov. 16, 1987 DENVER 31, Chicago 29
    Nov. 23, 1987 L.A. Rams 30, WASHINGTON 26
    Nov. 30, 1987* L.A. Raiders 37, SEATTLE 14
    Dec. 7, 1987 MIAMI 37, N.Y Jets 28
    Dec. 14, 1987* SAN FRANCISCO 41, Chicago 0
    Dec. 21, 1987* Dallas 29, L.A. RAMS 21
    Dec. 28, 1987 New England 24, MIAMI 10

    *Chicago's Dennis McKinnon set a MNF record with a 94-yard punt return for a TD in the season opener against the Giants.

    *Bo Jackson set a Monday Night record with 221 yards rushing vs. Seattle.

    *Jerry Rice tied a Monday Night record with three TD receptions vs. Chicago.

    *Dallas kicker Roger Ruzek tied Tim Mazzetti's MNF record, hitting five field goals in the Cowboys' 29-21 victory over the Rams on Dec. 21.

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