MNF History: 1982
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Notes from the 1982 MNF season:

  • The opening game of 1982, Pittsburgh at Dallas, earned a 24.9 rating and 42 percent share. It ranks as the eighth-highest rated game in the program's history.

  • The 57-day players' strike cut the season from 16 games to nine. Play stopped after the Sept. 20 MNF matchup between the Packers and the Giants, and resumed the weekend of Nov. 21-22.

  • Five new Monday Night records were set or tied, and a NFL mark was set as well.

    Home team in CAPS
    *denotes record
    MNF results: 1982
    Date Result
    Sept. 13, 1982 Pittsburgh 36, DALLAS 28
    Sept. 20, 1982* Green Bay 27, N.Y. GIANTS 19
    Nov. 22, 1982 L.A. RAIDERS 28, San Diego 24
    Nov. 29, 1982 TAMPA BAY 23, Miami 17
    Dec. 6, 1982* N.Y. Jets 28, DETROIT 13
    Dec. 13, 1982 Dallas 37, HOUSTON 7
    Dec. 20, 1982* SAN DIEGO 50, Cincinnati 34
    Dec. 27, 1982 MIAMI 27, Buffalo 10
    Jan. 3, 1983* MINNESOTA 31, Dallas 27

    *Green Bay WR James Lofton's 83-yard TD run broke Earl Campbell's MNF record. Tony Dorsett shattered that mark in the season finale.

    *San Diego and Cincinnati combined for 84 points, a MNF record at the time. San Diego's 50 points marked the first time a team scored 50 points on the program, setting a single-game record. Cincinnati's Ken Anderson also set an MNF record by completing 40 passes, while San Diego's Wes Chandler caught 10 passes for a then-MNF record 260 yards.

    *N.Y. Jets WR Wesley Walker became the third player to catch three TD passes in a Monday Night game on Dec. 6 against Detroit.

    *Tony Dorsett's 99-yard TD run against Minnesota on Jan. 3 tied an NFL record.


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