Saturday, August 23, 2014
MNF moments, No. 16: Rice sets TD record
By Bobby Greenhalgh, 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 to this season's MNF debut.
No. 16: 49ers 44, Los Angeles Raiders 14 | Sept. 5, 1994
With the outcome of the Los Angeles Raiders-San Francisco 49ers game never in doubt, the only question was whether receiver Jerry Rice would break the all-time career touchdown mark.
Rice had tied the record on a 23-yard rush earlier in the fourth quarter, the seventh rushing touchdown of his pro career. The 49ers were leading 37-14 late in the fourth quarter, but Rice stayed in the game.
Fans at Candlestick Park are certainly glad he did.
Rice scored his third touchdown of the game with less than five minutes remaining, a 38-yard reception inbetween two Raiders defenders. Rice celebrated by raising his hands above his head and then was swarmed by teammates. The score gave Rice 127 career touchdowns, breaking Jim Brown's 29-year-old record.
Rice went on to score 208 touchdowns in his career (33 more than Emmitt Smith), a current record that may never be broken.