Monday, July 28, 2014
MNF moments, No. 42: 'Broncos Blizzard'
By John McTigue, ESPN Stats & Info
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. 42: Broncos 17, Packers 14 | Oct. 15, 1984
Dubbed the "Broncos Blizzard," heavy snow played an integral part of this Monday night matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos, especially early on.
The Packers fumbled on the first play on each of their first two drives, with the Broncos returning both for touchdowns. It's the only time a defense scored twice on the first two plays from scrimmage in NFL history.
Green Bay failed to score any points until the third quarter, when Gerry Ellis rushed into the end zone from 5 yards out. The Packers coughed up the ball five total times compared to Denver's one.
The Broncos would win 17-14 thanks to the fumble returns and bare-footed kicker Rich Karlis, who made both extra points and a 30-yard field goal in the whirling snow.