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Countdown to Kickoff - Dallas Cowboys ARE Monday Night Football

Tonight the Dallas Cowboys make their 71st Monday Night Football appearance — second most of any team, behind the Miami Dolphins’ 74. In tribute to Monday Night Football’s 40th season, here are 40 things to know about the Cowboys on MNF from David Thomas at the Fort Worth Star Telegram

1 The Cowboys have more wins than any other team, with 41. The Dolphins are next at 39.

2 The Cowboys have a 41-29 record, for a .586 winning percentage.

3 The Cowboys’ most commonly played opponent is the Washington Redskins. They have played 14 times, with the Cowboys winning seven. Only the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders have met more often on MNF (15 times).

4 Tony Dorsett’s 99-yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings occurred on MNF, on Jan. 3, 1983.

5 The Cowboys were Washington’s opponent in 1983 when Howard Cosell referred to Redskins receiver Alvin Garrett as a "little monkey." Cosell later said he was referring to Garrett’s size, not his race.

6 On Oct. 23, 2006, Tony Romo replaced Drew Bledsoe at quarterback to start the second half of a 36-22 loss to the Giants. Romo was 14-for-25 for 227 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Romo wound up leading the Cowboys to the playoffs and made the Pro Bowl.

7 The Cowboys have played in four of the 10 highest-rated MNF games. The Cowboys’ highest-rated game — and third-highest MNF game overall — was their 9-5 loss to the Washington Redskins in 1978.

8 The Cowboys-Eagles game of Sept. 15, 2008, drew the largest household audience in cable TV history, with a 13.3 rating and an average of 12,953,000 homes. The Cowboys won 41-37.

9 The Cowboys were wiped out in their first MNF appearance — a 38-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1970. That remains their largest margin of defeat on MNF.

10 A 38-0 game also accounts for the Cowboys’ largest margin of victory on MNF — against the Baltimore Colts in 1978. 

11 On Oct. 19, 1987, the Cowboys lost to the Redskins 13-7 in the final replacement game of that strike-interrupted season. Cowboys starters included regulars Danny White, Tony Dorsett, Mike Renfro, Randy White and Ed "Too Tall" Jones.

12 Terrell Owens was a Philadelphia Eagle preparing to play against the Cowboys on the night in 2004 when Owens appeared in a racy pregame intro with Nicollette Sheridan of Desperate Housewives. Sheridan was wearing only a towel, which she dropped with her back to the camera.

13 The Cowboys are 2-1 since MNF moved to ESPN in 2006.

14 The Cowboys played three Monday night games before ABC created MNF in 1970. Two of those games were on CBS and the other was not televised.

15 Herschel Walker made his NFL debut on MNF, a 31-28 win over the Giants in September 1986.

16 The Cowboys played Washington as part of a unique MNF doubleheader in 2005. The New Orleans Saints’ home game against the New York Giants from the day before was moved to New Jersey on Monday night because of Hurricane Katrina. That game began on ABC and shifted to ESPN for most of the nation when the Cowboys-Redskins game kicked off.

17 On Sept. 15, 1997, the Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 21-20 at Texas Stadium when the Eagles’ Tom Hutton bobbled a snap on a 22-yard field goal attempt then tried to run with the ball and fumbled.

18 The Cowboys won the final MNF game at Texas Stadium 41-37 against the Eagles.

19 Of the 28 MNF games played at Texas Stadium, only one went overtime — the Lions’ 20-17 win on Sept. 19, 1994.

20 The Cowboys’ only other overtime game on MNF came in 2003, a 35-32 win at the New York Giants.

21 Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith were inducted into the Ring of Honor on MNF, at halftime of a 2005 game against Washington.

22 Two Cowboys kickers have made seven field goals in a MNF game: Chris Boniol against the Packers in 1996 and Billy Cundiff in an overtime game against the Giants in 2003. Roger Ruzek and Richie Cunningham each kicked five field goals in a game.

23 From 1978-96, the Cowboys opened their season on MNF 11 times, including five consecutive times (1982-86). The Cowboys played the Redskins in five of those season-openers. The Cowboys have not played the first MNF game of a season since 1996.

24 On Dec. 21, 1992, the Cowboys defeated the Atlanta Falcons 41-17 to win the franchise’s 14th divisional title and first in seven years.

25 Scenes for the movie Jerry Maguire were shot during the Cowboys’ MNF game at the Arizona Cardinals on Christmas night 1995.

26 Al Michaels’ first game as MNF’s play-by-play announcer was the Cowboys-Giants game to open the 1986 season.

27 Emmitt Smith is MNF’s all-time leader in rushing yards (2,434) and rushing touchdowns (23). All of Smith’s totals came with the Cowboys.

28 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only NFC team the Cowboys have not played on MNF. They have not played eight AFC teams: the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers.

29 The Cowboys have played more road games (39) than home games (31) on MNF. They are 18-13 (.581) at home and 23-16 (.590) on the road.

30 On Oct. 8, 2007, Nick Folk made two 53-yard field goals — the first was negated by a timeout — as time expired in the Cowboys’ 25-24 win over the Buffalo Bills. The Cowboys scored nine points in the final 20 seconds.

31 Former Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame based on his work as a MNF broadcaster. Meredith was enshrined into the Hall of Fame’s radio-television wing in 2007.

32 The Cowboys have appeared on MNF in all but three seasons: 1989, 1990 and 2002.

33 The Cowboys have appeared on MNF multiple times in 25 seasons. The only one of those seasons in which they did not win a game was 1979, when they were 0-2.

34 The Cowboys’ longest MNF winning streak is five games, in 1994-95. Their longest losing streak is three games, in 1978-79.

35 On Dec. 6, 2004, Julius Jones rushed for 198 yards and the game-winning touchdown in a 43-39 defeat of the Seattle Seahawks in which the Cowboys scored 14 points in the final 1:45.

36 Before a 2006 MNF game against the Giants, Hank Williams Jr. shouted "Are you ready for some football?" from the star at midfield of Texas Stadium.

37 The Minnesota Vikings are 2-0 against the Cowboys on MNF and the only one of the 12 teams the Cowboys have played at least twice on MNF that has not lost to the Cowboys.

38 The Cowboys have a 7-2 record against the New York Giants on MNF. They won their first five games against the Giants, from 1971-88.

39 The Redskins’ 9-5 win over the Cowboys at RFK Stadium in 1978 was attended by President Jimmy Carter. Carter was the second U.S. president to attend an NFL game.

40 All seven Cowboys head coaches have had at least a .500 record on MNF.

Sources: Star-Telegram research, NFL Record and Fact Book 2009, Dallas Cowboys, ESPN, Star-Telegram archives. 

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