MNF moments, No. 21: Early celebration
August, 18, 2014
By Allison Loucks, ESPN Stats & Info | ESPN.com
Nelson Chenault/USA TODAY SportsTo 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. 21: Cowboys 41, Eagles 37 | Sept. 15, 2008
A "Monday Night Football" game in which 78 points were scored by the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys is remembered most for a play in which six points were taken off the board.
With his Eagles trailing by one point midway through the second quarter, receiver DeSean Jackson caught a long pass from quarterback Donovan McNabb and appeared to easily score the go-ahead touchdown.
But, upon further review, it was determined by officials that Jackson started his celebration too soon and dropped the ball before he crossed the goal line, thus nullifying the touchdown.
Eagles RB Brian Westbrook would score his second touchdown of the game on the next play. It wouldn't be enough, however, as the Cowboys scored a Nick Folk field goal and a Marion Barber TD to secure the win and have the last laugh in the back-and-forth contest.