MNF History: 2002
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Notes from the 2002 MNF season:

  • John Madden joined Al Michaels in the MNF booth. Melissa Stark entered her third season as the sideline reporter.

  • The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots christened their new home, Gillette Stadium, on Sept. 9 against the team they beat in the AFC championship game in 2001 -- the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • Monday Night Football celebrated its 500th telecast on Nov. 11. In order to celebrate, MNF ran an online poll, giving users a chance to vote for their favorite game of all-time. Users chose the Jets' comeback in 2000 over the Dolphins when Vinny Testaverde directed New York to an improbable victory after the Jets trailed 30-7 entering the fourth quarter.

  • Jerry Rice became the first player in league history to score 200 touchdowns with the first of his two TDs against the Broncos on Nov. 11. He also passed Walter Payton for the most all-purpose yards in leage history.

  • When the Jets visited the Raiders on Dec. 2, Tim Brown recorded his 1,000th career reception to become the league's third player to reach that milestone.

  • On Dec. 9, Ricky Williams became the third player ever to rush for more than 200 yards in back-to-back games. He finished the night with 216 yards, the second best total in MNF history.

    Home team in CAPS
    *denotes record
    MNF results: 2002
    Date Result
    Sept. 9, 2002 NEW ENGLAND 30, Pittsburgh 14
    Sept. 16, 2002 Philadelphia 37, WASHINGTON 7
    Sept. 23, 2002 TAMPA BAY 26, St. Louis 14
    Sept. 30, 2002* BALTIMORE 34, Denver 23
    Oct. 7, 2002 Green Bay 34, CHICAGO 21
    Oct. 14, 2002 San Francisco 28, SEATTLE 21
    Oct. 21, 2002 PITTSBURGH 28, Indianapolis 10
    Oct. 28, 2002 PHILADELPHIA 17, New York Giants 3
    Nov. 4, 2002 GREEN BAY 24, Miami 10
    Nov. 11, 2002* Oakland 34, DENVER 10
    Nov. 18, 2002 ST. LOUIS 21, Chicago 16
    Nov. 25, 2002 Philadelphia 38, SAN FRANCISCO 17
    Dec. 2, 2002 OAKLAND 26, New York Jets 20
    Dec. 9, 2002 MIAMI 27, Chicago 9
    Dec. 16, 2002 TENNESSEE 24, New England 7
    Dec. 23, 2002 Pittsburgh 17, TAMPA BAY 7
    Dec. 30, 2002 ST. LOUIS 31, San Francisco 20

    *Baltimore's Chris McAlister returned a missed field goal 107 yards, the longest play in league history.

    *Oakland's Rich Gannon completed an NFL single-game record 21 passes in a row.

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