MNF moments, No. 14: Dorsett runs for 99

AP Images/Jim Mone

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. 14: Vikings 31, Cowboys 27 | Jan. 3, 1983

In the final regular-season game of the strike-shortened 1982 season, Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett scored the only 99-yard rushing touchdown in NFL history.

And he did it on a play where the Cowboys had only 10 players on the field against the Minnesota Vikings.

Dorsett's teammate, fullback Ron Springs, misunderstood the play call and ran off the field prior to the snap. Dorsett took the handoff from the Cowboys' own 1-yard line and ran straight up the middle. As he cut to the right, he avoided a tackle at his own 15 and went untouched for another 60 yards.

Dorsett nearly stepped out of bounds but was able stay in and used a stiff-arm to fend off Willie Teal for one final burst into the history books.