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 to this season's MNF debut.
No. 29: Baltimore Colts 34, Patriots 27 | Sept. 18, 1978
After his rookie season in 1977, running back Joe Washington was traded from the San Diego Chargers to the Baltimore Colts. He hadn't done much as a rookie -- just 62 rushes, 32 receptions and no returns. Washington's rookie highlight was passing for a 32-yard touchdown.
Not much changed through the first two weeks of the 1978 season, but a "Monday Night Football" matchup against the Patriots would introduce Washington to the world.
With the Colts trailing 13-7 in the fourth quarter, Washington started things off by throwing his second career touchdown pass, a 54-yard play to Roger Carr. He would then help the Colts extend the lead by catching his first career touchdown pass, a 23-yarder from Bill Troup.
The game would eventually be tied 27-27 after a Pats score with 1:33 remaining, but Washington wasn't done. He took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a game-winning score, giving him a passing touchdown, receiving touchdown and return touchdown all in the game's final 15 minutes.
How unique is that? No one else in NFL history has done it in an entire regular-season game.