MNF History: 1986
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Notes from the 1986 MNF season:

  • Monday Night Football entered its 17th season on ABC, becoming the longest-running program in the history of the network.

  • For the first time in the history of the program, MNF went to a two-man booth. Only Frank Gifford remained from the 1985 lineup, and he was joined by Al Michaels.

  • Owners approved the limited use of instant replay as an officiating aid.

  • The Dallas Cowboys played in the MNF season opener for a fourth consecutive year, becoming the first team with that distinction.

    Home team in CAPS
    *denotes record
    MNF results: 1986
    Date Result
    Sept. 8, 1986 DALLAS 31, N.Y. Giants 28
    Sept. 15, 1986 Denver 21, PITTSBURGH 10
    Sept. 22, 1986 Chicago 25, GREEN BAY 12
    Sept. 29, 1986 Dallas 31, ST. LOUIS 7
    Oct. 6, 1986 SEATTLE 33, San Diego 7
    Oct. 13, 1986 CINCINNATI 24, Pittsburgh 22
    Oct. 20, 1986 N.Y. JETS 22, Denver 10
    Oct. 27, 1986 N.Y. GIANTS 27, Washington 20
    Nov. 3, 1986 L.A. Rams 20, CHICAGO 17
    Nov. 10, 1986 CLEVELAND 26, Miami 16
    Nov. 17, 1986* WASHINGTON 14, San Francisco 6
    Nov. 24, 1986 MIAMI 45, N.Y. Jets 3
    Dec. 1, 1986 N.Y. Giants 21, SAN FRANCISCO 17
    Dec. 8, 1986 SEATTLE 37, L.A. Raiders 0
    Dec. 15, 1986 Chicago 16, DETROIT 13
    Dec. 22, 1986 New England 34, MIAMI 27

    *Joe Montana attempted 60 passes against the Redskins on Nov. 17. He completed 33 of them for 441 yards in a 14-6 loss.

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