MNF History: 1985
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Notes from the 1985 MNF season:

  • 1985 was a transition year as far as the announcing team, with three ex-NFLers doing the call: Frank Gifford, O.J. Simpson and Joe Namath. It was Simpson's last season and Namath's only season in the booth.

  • The Dec. 2 matchup between the Bears and Dolphins in Miami was historic. The Bears entered the game 12-0 and were threatening the 1972 Dolphins' perfect record. The Dolphins defeated the Bears 38-24 in the highest-rated Monday Night game ever: 29.6 rating, 46 percent share.

  • Da Bears had another memorable moment, on Oct. 21 versus Green Bay, William "The Refrigerator" Perry lined up as a fullback and scored a touchdown in Chicago's 23-7 win over Green Bay at Soldier Field.

  • The ugliest moment of the season occurred on Nov. 18, when Lawrence Taylor hit Joe Theismann and broke his leg, effectively ending his career. The Redskins went on to defeat the Giants 23-21.

    Home team in CAPS
    *denotes record
    MNF results: 1985
    Date Result
    Sept. 9, 1985 DALLAS 44, Washington 14
    Sept. 16, 1985 CLEVELAND 17, Pittsburgh 7
    Sept. 23, 1985 L.A. Rams 35, SEATTLE 24
    Sept. 30, 1985 Cincinnati 37, PITTSBURGH 24
    Oct. 7, 1985 WASHINGTON 27, St. Louis 10
    Oct. 14, 1985 N.Y. JETS 23, Miami 7
    Oct. 21, 1985 CHICAGO 23, Green Bay 7
    Oct. 28, 1985 L.A. RAIDERS 34, San Diego 21
    Nov. 4, 1985 ST. LOUIS 21, Dallas 10
    Nov. 11, 1985 DENVER 17, San Francisco 16
    Nov. 18, 1985 WASHINGTON 23, N.Y. Giants 21
    Nov. 25, 1985 SAN FRANCISCO 19, Seattle 6
    Dec. 2, 1985 MIAMI 38, Chicago 24
    Dec. 9, 1985 L.A. Rams 27, SAN FRANCISCO 20
    Dec. 16, 1985 MIAMI 30, New England 20
    Dec. 23, 1985 L.A. Raiders 16, L.A. RAMS 6


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