MNF moments, No. 31: Where it all began
August, 8, 2014
By John McTigue, ESPN Stats & Info | ESPN.com
Getty ImagesTo 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. 31: Browns 31, Jets 21 | Sept. 21, 1970
The first "Monday Night Football" game took place in Cleveland, where the Browns defeated the New York Jets 31-21. "Monday Night Football" since has become the longest-running and one of the most successful prime-time sports series in television history.
While the game marked a momentous occasion for ABC as well as the newly merged NFL, Browns owner Art Modell refused to attend the game.
Jets quarterback Joe Namath, the biggest star on the field, threw three interceptions, including one that Billy Andrews returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter with the Jets trailing by three. Cleveland's Homer Jones also returned a kick 94 yards for a touchdown in the game that was dominated by the Browns in the second half.
Final Miami 10 Buffalo 29 Final Jacksonville 10 Washington 41 Final Dallas 26 Tennessee 10 Final Arizona 25 New York 14 Final New England 30 Minnesota 7 Final New Orleans 24 Cleveland 26 Final Atlanta 10 Cincinnati 24 Final Detroit 7 Carolina 24 Final St. Louis 19 Tampa Bay 17 Final Seattle 21 San Diego 30 Final Houston 30 Oakland 14 Final New York 24 Green Bay 31 Final Kansas City 17 Denver 24 Final Chicago 28 San Francisco 20