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MNF moments, No. 35: Intentional safety

7/31/2014
AP Photo/David Zalubowski

To celebrate the 45th season of "Monday Night Football," a panel of ESPN.com contributors has selected the 45 most memorable moments in MNF history. Follow along as we reveal one per day and count down the number of days to this season's MNF debut.

No. 35: Patriots 30, Broncos 26 | Nov. 3, 2003


Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been one of the best coach-quarterback combinations in NFL history, leading the New England Patriots to 166 victories in the regular season and postseason combined.

On one Monday night in 2003, they won their 30th game together and showed why each has been equally important to the Patriots' success.

Trailing 24-23 to the Denver Broncos with 2:51 left in the game, the Patriots faced a fourth-and-10 from their own 1-yard line. Belichick was unwilling to give the Broncos strong field position, so he ordered his long snapper to air one over his punter's head, giving the Broncos two points on the safety and possession.

The decision worked, as New England pinned the Broncos inside their 20 on the ensuing kick. The defense forced a three-and-out, giving Brady a little more than two minutes to do what he does best. It took him just six plays to connect with wide receiver David Givens for the game-winning touchdown.

"I think that was the best call of the game," Givens said.