|Monday, August 4, 2003|
Every 2002 playoff team to play on MNF
ABC Sports Online
ABC's NFL Monday Night Football, the most successful and longest-running primetime sports series in television history, has a blockbuster schedule for 2003, it was announced by George Bodenheimer, president of ABC Sports and ESPN, Inc. The 2003 MNF campaign begins with the opening NFL game of the season, as the Washington Redskins host the New York Jets on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4. The 2003 schedule continues on SEPTEMBER 8, as the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to Philadelphia to meet the Eagles in a rematch of last year's NFC Championship. This is the first game in Philadelphia's new Lincoln Financial Field.
The great schedule continues as the Dallas Cowboys and new head coach Bill Parcells return to the Meadowlands to take on the New York Giants on SEPTEMBER 15, followed by the AFC champion Oakland Raiders traveling to Denver to take on the Broncos on SEPTEMBER 22. This is the fifth consecutive season that these heated AFC West rivals will meet on Monday Night Football. On SEPTEMBER 29 the Chicago Bears host their NFC Central rival Green Bay Packers in the re-opening of the renovated Soldier Field. The next week, OCTOBER 6, sees another reunion with a head coach and his former team, as the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers host Tony Dungy and the Indianapolis Colts.
As always, the elite teams in the NFL will have multiple appearances on Monday Night Football, including three each by the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the AFC champion Oakland Raiders, the NFC Central champion Green Bay Packers and the NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles. Every playoff team from last season will appear on MNF this year.
"The NFL has given ABC Sports a terrific schedule of games involving the League's best teams and the top television markets," said Mr. Bodenheimer. "This schedule should ensure that MNF remains television's No.-1 show for men and a Top-10 primetime program."
During last football season Monday Night Football finished in the Top-10 among all primetime shows on network television for the 13th consecutive season, and finished first in the key male demographics.
In addition to the NFC championship rematch with the Eagles and the matchup with former head coach Tony Dungy and the Indianapolis Colts, the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers host the New York Giants on NOVEMBER 24. The Raiders, in addition to their game with the Broncos, also play the Chiefs on OCTOBER 20 and the Packers on DECEMBER 22, the last MNF game of the regular season.
Other highlights of the 2003 schedule include the high-flying Atlanta Falcons, led by QB Mike Vick, taking on Marshall Faulk and the St. Louis Rams on OCTOBER 13; the Eagles and Packers battling for NFC supremacy on NOVEMBER 10 at Lambeau Field; the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers meeting in each team's only MNF appearance on NOVEMBER 17; and the Miami Dolphins hosting the Eagles in an important late-season inter-conference game on DECEMBER 15.
The schedule continues with a wild-card playoff doubleheader on SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2004, and the NFL Pro Bowl from Honolulu, Hawaii on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2004.
The following is the 2003 ABC NFL Monday Night Football schedule (all games air on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET except where noted):
The entire schedule of "Monday Night Football", beginning with the Hall of Fame Game on August 4 (8 p.m., ET), will be available in HDTV
Currently, 130 of ABC's owned and affiliated stations are broadcasting digital TV, covering 82% of the nation, with 102 of those stations broadcasting in HDTV. All of ABC's HDTV programs use 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format.
|| New York Jets at Washington Redskins (Thursday night)
| Sept. 8
|| Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles
| Sept. 15
|| Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
| Sept. 22
|| Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos
| Sept. 29
|| Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
| Oct. 6
|| Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
| Oct. 13
|| Atlanta Falcons at St. Louis Rams
| Oct. 20
|| Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
| Oct. 27
|| Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers
| Nov. 3
|| New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
| Nov. 10
|| Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers
| Nov. 17
|| Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers
| Nov. 24
|| New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
| Dec. 1
|| Tennessee Titans at New York Jets
| Dec. 8
|| St. Louis Rams at Cleveland Browns
| Dec. 15
|| Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins
| Dec. 22
|| Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders
| Jan. 3
|| NFL Playoff Doubleheader
| Feb. 8
|| AFC-NFC Pro Bo
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