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2001 MNF schedule announced
ABC Sports Online report

NEW YORK -- ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football," the most successful and longest-running primetime sports series in television history, has a blockbuster schedule for 2001, it was announced today by Howard Katz, president of ABC Sports. The 2001 schedule features three appearances by the NFL's best teams, including three games featuring the Super Bowl XXXV champion Baltimore Ravens.

Eddie George
Eddie George and the Titans will appear on MNF three times this season after going 3-0 on it last season.

In addition to the Ravens, the NFC champion New York Giants, Super Bowl XXXIV champion St. Louis Rams and the AFC Central champion Tennessee Titans will each appear three times on "Monday Night Football." Among the teams appearing twice this season are the NFC Central champion Minnesota Vikings, AFC West champion Oakland Raiders and traditional "Monday Night Football" mainstays the Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins.

Date Game
Sept. 10 New York Giants @ Denver
Sept. 17 Minnesota @ Baltimore
Sept. 24 Washington @ Green Bay
Oct. 1 San Francisco @ New York Jets
Oct. 8 St. Louis @ Detroit
Oct. 15 Washington @ Dallas
Oct. 22 Philadelphia @ New York Giants
Oct. 29 Tennessee @ Pittsburgh
Nov. 5 Denver @ Oakland
Nov. 12 Baltimore @ Tennessee
Nov. 19 New York Giants @ Minnesota
Nov. 26 Tampa Bay @ St. Louis
Dec. 3 Green Bay @ Jacksonville
Dec. 10 Indianapolis @ Miami
Dec. 17 St. Louis @ New Orleans
Dec. 22 (Saturday) Tennessee @ Oakland
Dec. 29 (Saturday) Baltimore @ Tampa Bay

Since the last two Monday's of the regular season fall on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, "Monday Night Football" during those weeks will be seen on Saturday nights.

"Once again the NFL has provided us with a terrific schedule," said Mr. Katz. "'Monday Night Football'" will continue to be a very important part of the primetime schedule for the ABC Television Network."

Veteran ABC Sports announcer Al Michaels returns for his 16th consecutive season as the play-by-play voice of "Monday Night Football." He will be joined once again in the booth by Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts and Dennis Miller. Melissa Stark and Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson return to man the sidelines.

During last football season "Monday Night Football" finished fifth among all regular primetime shows on network television and first among Men 18-49 and Men 25-54. In addition, Men 18-34 saw a 7% gain from 1999 with a 9.5 rating.

The 2001 regular season kicks off on SEPT. 10 at the new Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, as the Broncos take on the defending NFC Champion New York Giants. Week 2, on SEPT. 17, will see the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens host the Minnesota Vikings.

In other featured games, the Dallas Cowboys host the Washington Redskins in a classic NFC East battle on OCT. 15; the Denver Broncos travel to Oakland to continue their heated rivalry with the Raiders on NOV. 5; On NOV. 26 the St. Louis Rams try to exact revenge from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who won last year's MNF thriller 38-35; and the schedule concludes on SAT. DEC. 29 with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens returning to the spot of their big victory, Tampa Bay, to take on the Buccaneers.

The schedule also includes a wild card playoff doubleheader on SATURDAY, JAN. 5, 2002, and the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl from Honolulu, Hawaii on SUNDAY, FEB. 3, 2002.

 
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