MNF History: 1972
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Perhaps the most memorable moment of the 1972 MNF season occurred in its most lopsided game.

On Oct. 9, the Raiders defeated the Oilers 34-0. The game became a runaway by the third quarter, and fans began filing out of the Astrodome in a hurry. The TV audience became as upset as the fans, calling the stadium to complain about everything from the Oilers' play to the announcers' commentary.

Later, a cameraman zoomed in for a close-up on a man sleeping in a barren section of the stadium. Cosell described the shot as "a vivid picturization of the excitement attendant upon this game." With the camera on him, the fan opened his eyes, looked up and casually extended his middle finger. This prompted Meredith to say, "He thinks they are number one in the nation."

Home team in CAPS
*denotes record
MNF results: 1972
Date Result
Sept. 18, 1972 Washington 24, MINNESOTA 21
Sept. 25, 1972 Kansas City 20, NEW ORLEANS 17
Oct. 2, 1972* N.Y. Giants 27, PHILADELPHIA 12
Oct. 9, 1972 Oakland 34, HOUSTON 0
Oct. 16, 1972 Green Bay 24, DETROIT 23
Oct. 23, 1972 CHICAGO 13, Minnesota 10
Oct. 30, 1972 DALLAS 28, Detroit 24
Nov. 6, 1972 Baltimore 24, NEW ENGLAND 17
Nov. 13, 1972 Cleveland 21, SAN DIEGO 17
Nov. 20, 1972 WASHINGTON 24, Atlanta 13
Nov. 27, 1972 MIAMI 31, St. Louis 10
Dec. 4, 1972 Los Angeles 26, SAN FRANCISCO 16
Dec.11, 1972* OAKLAND 24, N.Y. Jets 16

*Giants RB Ron Johnson set MNF records with three receiving touchdowns and four TDs overall in New York's 27-12 win over Philadelphia. He also set a record with 36 rushing attempts (for 124 yards). He also caught five passes for 60 yards, and set an NFL record with 41 offensive plays.

*Joe Namath completed 25 of 46 passes for 403 yards in a losing effort on Dec. 11.

 
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