Monday Night Football Schedule 2013: Critical Info for Remaining Matchups

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2013

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions runs for a third quarter touchdown while playing the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on November 28, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Although the NFL regular season is winding down, some of the best matchups have yet to come.

Even better, several are scheduled to be broadcast in prime time on Monday Night Football. With only four Mondays left before the playoffs kick off, the stakes are higher than ever before, and each game will take on more meaning than the last. 

Here, we'll get you set with everything you need to know for 2013's remaining Monday night matchups.

Monday Night Football Schedule 2013
WeekDateMatchupTime (ET)Network
13Monday, Dec. 2New Orleans vs. Seattle8:30 p.m.ESPN
14Monday, Dec. 9Dallas vs. Chicago8:30 p.m.ESPN
15Monday, Dec. 16Baltimore vs. Detroit8:30 p.m.ESPN
16Monday, Dec. 23Atlanta vs. San Francisco8:30 p.m.ESPN


Week 13: New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 17:  Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald #69 (L) of the Seattle Seahawks is congratulated by defensive end Cliff Avril #56 after making an interception against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on November 17, 2013 in Seattle
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The New Orleans Saints will head to the Pacific Northwest in Week 13 to attempt the improbable: beating the Seahawks in Seattle. 

At 10-1, the Seahawks boast the league's best record and can take a giant step toward locking up home-field advantage in the NFC with a win over the Saints. A win would put Seattle two games up in the conference with four games left to play.

On the other hand, a Saints victory would be just as massive. New Orleans would take over the top spot in the NFC and be in prime position to ensure that the road to Super Bowl XLVIII in the conference goes through the Big Easy.


Week 14: Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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With both Dallas and Chicago in the midst of tight division races in the NFC, Week 14's prime-time showdown is sure to carry significant weight. 

All eyes will be on Tony Romo and the Cowboys, who have been notorious for their December collapses in recent seasons. After going 3-1 in the month of November, Dallas will enter this matchup with loads of momentum and having had 11 days to rest up.

Chicago will need a win every bit as much as Dallas, though, as the Bears are set to finish up the year against Cleveland, Philadelphia and Green Bay. With Detroit boasting a 4-1 division record and having beaten the Bears twice this season, Chicago will need to capitalize on its remaining home games.


Week 15: Baltimore Ravens vs. Detroit Lions

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 24: Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens takes the field before the start of the Ravens and New York Jets game at M&T Bank Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Imag
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Week 15's Monday night showdown will also feature two teams in the playoff hunt when the defending Super Bowl champions hit the road for the first time in nearly a month to face off against the Detroit Lions, who will be eyeing a win to remain on track in the NFC North.

This matchup provides NFL fans with another opportunity to watch the best wide receiver in the business in Detroit's Calvin Johnson, otherwise known as Megatron. Johnson has already racked up 1,299 receiving yards through 12 games this season and could be within range of the all-time single-season record of 1,964, which he set in Week 16 last season, come Dec. 16.

Keep in mind that the Ravens defense has improved considerably since Week 1's dismal performance in Denver. 


Week 16: Atlanta Falcons vs. San Francisco 49ers

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 25:  Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers passes in the first quarter agaisnt the Washington Redskins at FedExField on November 25, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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At the start of the season, this NFC Championship Game rematch looked as if it would be a high-stakes clash of two Super Bowl contenders. But key injuries and a lack of execution have doomed the Atlanta Falcons in 2013.

Instead, the Niners are on schedule to enter Week 16's finale as huge home favorites.

With Colin Kaepernick and the defending NFC champions set to conclude the regular season at Arizona in Week 17, this matchup is sure to have serious postseason implications for at least one team.


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