Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Brees latest Monday Night record-breaker
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Brett Favre and Drew Brees are among those to break significant marks on Monday Night Football.
Another season of Monday Night Football is complete, with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees providing a fitting finale by breaking the NFL's single-season record for passing yards.
Brees isn't the first to break a record of note and he won't be the last. Here's a look back at other notable marks that were broken on Monday Night Football.
December 3, 1973 -- Dick Anderson intercepts 4 passes vs Steelers
Anderson tied an NFL record by intercepting 4 passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He became the 14th player with 4 interceptions in a game but the first (and only) to do it on Monday Night Football.
January 3, 1983 -- Tony Dorsett runs for 99-yard TD vs Vikings
In the final game of the 1982 regular season, Dorsett ran for a 99-yard touchdown in the 4th quarter. It remains the only 99-yard rushing play in league history. Dorsett finished with 153 rushing yards in the Dallas Cowboys loss.
September 5, 1994 -- Jerry Rice breaks Jim Brown’s record for career touchdowns
Rice scored three times in the Monday Night Football season opener. His third touchdown, a 38-yard pass from Steve Young in the fourth quarter, was the 127th of his career, breaking a tie with Brown for the most touchdowns in NFL history.
October 11, 2010 -- Brett Favre throws his 500th touchdown pass
Favre became the first player in NFL history to reach 500 career passing touchdowns when he found Randy Moss for a 37-yard score in the third quarter. Favre threw two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter but the Vikings lost to the Jets 29-20.
December 20, 2010 -- Devin Hester sets record for combined kick return touchdowns
Hester’s 64-yard punt return TD in the third quarter gave the Chicago Bears a 27-7 lead over the Vikings and broke a tie with Brian Mitchell for most combined punt and kickoff return touchdowns in league history. It was the 14th of Hester’s career.
September 11, 1995/September 12, 2011 -- Favre and Brady: 99-yard touchdowns
Favre tied the NFL record for longest pass play with a 99-yard touchdown throw to Robert Brooks against the Chicago Bears in 1995. Tom Brady matched it with a 99-yard pass to Wes Welker in the Monday Night Football season opener this year.