15 Worst Monday Night Football Matchups of All Time

Brian Dezelske@@BrianDezelskeCorrespondent IIINovember 22, 2011

15 Worst Monday Night Football Matchups of All Time

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    Tom Brady and the New England Patriots hammered the Kansas City Chiefs, 34-3, sparking discussion about the biggest NFL blowouts in Monday Night Football history.

    We've compiled a list of the biggest lopsided affairs that we've seen on NFL's biggest stage and put them together for all to enjoy—well, depending on who your favorite teams are, anyway.

15. San Francisco 49ers 52, Chicago Bears 14

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    Where: Candlestick Park, San Francisco

    When: December 23rd, 1991

    Margin: 38 Points

    Bears QB: Jim Harbaugh (17/24, 212 YDS, 1 TD); Peter Tom Willis (6/11, 105 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT)

    49ers QB: Steve Young (21/32, 338 YDS, 3 TD; Bill Musgrave (4/5, 33 YDS, 1 TD)

    Both offenses had pretty good nights statistically, but turnovers cost the Bears in this one.

    Don Griffin picked up a fumble and ran it back 99 yards for the score, and the Bears coughed up the ball twice more in the lopsided win.

    Steve Young also had a rushing touchdown to go along with his three TDs.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers 42, Denver Broncos 7

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    Where: Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh

    When: October 22nd, 1979

    Margin: 35 Points

    Broncos QB: Craig Morton (16/31, 261 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT)

    Steelers QB: Terry Bradshaw (18/24, 267 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT)

    Franco Harris led the way with two touchdowns, as the Pittsburgh Steelers finished with four rushing TDs.

    Sidney Thornton also got in on the action with a rushing and receiving score in the big win.

13. Green Bay Packers 45, Minnesota Vikings 7

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    Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay

    When: November 14th, 2011

    Margin: 38 Points

    Vikings QB: Christian Ponder (16/34, 190 YDS, 1 INT)

    Packers QB: Aaron Rodgers (23/30, 250 YDS, 4 TD)

    Aaron Rodgers connected twice with Jordy Nelson and also hit Greg Jennings and John Kuhn for scores, as the Packers trounced the Vikings just one week ago.

    Clay Matthews dominated with five tackles and two sacks to lead the defense that night.

12. Miami Dolphins 41, Indianapolis Colts 6

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    Where: Pro Player Stadium, Miami

    When: December 10th, 2001

    Margin: 35 Points

    Colts QB: Peyton Manning (19/32, 173 YDS, 3 INT)

    Dolphins QB: Jay Fiedler (18/26, 191 YDS, 3 TD)

    That’s right, folks. Jay Fiedler beat Peyton Manning, and he did it convincingly with three TDs and one rushing TD on this night.

    Chris Chambers caught two touchdown passes, and Lamar Smith contributed with 107 yards on the ground.

    Brock Marion had a big night on defense with two interceptions.

11. Dallas Cowboys 40, New Orleans Saints 3

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    Where: Texas Stadium, Dallas

    When: September 24th, 1973

    Margin: 37 Points

    Saints QB: Archie Manning (11/15, 97 YDS)

    Cowboys QB: Roger Staubach (10/15, 124 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT); Craig Morton (5/7, 73 YDS, 1 TD)

    Calvin Hill led the way with 71 yards and a score, as the Dallas Cowboys beat up on the hapless New Orleans Saints.

    Bullet Bob Hayes finished the night with 50 yards on three catches.

    The lone scorer for the Saints was a guy named Happy Feller, who kicked a meaningless nine-yard field goal in the second quarter.

10. San Francisco 49ers 41, Atlanta Falcons 3

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    Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta

    When: November 9th, 1992

    Margin: 38 Points

    49ers QB: Steve Young (12/18, 143 YDS, 3 TD)

    Falcons QB: Billy Joe Tolliver (16/25, 178 YDS, 3 INT); Wade Wilson (9/16, 88 YDS)

    Steve Young connected with Jerry Rice and Ricky Watters for scores and also rushed for 39 yards en route to the 38-point massacre of the Atlanta Falcons.

    The lone bright spot for the Falcons was Andre Rison, who hauled in 11 passes for 99 yards.

9. New England Patriots 45, New York Jets 3

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    Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro

    When: December 6th, 2010

    Margin: 41 Points

    Jets QB: Mark Sanchez (17/33, 164 YDS, 3 INT)

    Patriots QB: Tom Brady (21/29, 326 YDS, 4 TD)

    Danny Woodhead had 104 yards receiving, and Wes Welker posted 80 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots laid the smack down on the Jets, 45-3.

    BenJarvus Green-Ellis added two scores and 72 yards rushing.

8. Miami Dolphins 45, New York Jets 3

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    Where: Orange Bowl, Miami

    When: November 24th, 1986

    Margin: 42 Points

    Jets QB: Ken O’Brien (11/21, 168 YDS, 1 INT)

    Dolphins QB: Dan Marino (29/36, 288 YDS, 4 TD)

    Dan Marino threw four touchdowns, and Lorenzo Hampton (you've gotta love random names from the past) had 148 yards, two rushing touchdowns and added a one-yard TD catch, as the Dolphins picked apart the Jets back in 1986.

    Mark Duper and Mark Clayton were held in check as Nat Moore netted 99 receiving yards and two scores.

7. Oakland Raiders 34, Houston Oilers 0

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    Where: Houston Astrodome, Houston

    When: October 9th, 1972

    Margin: 34 Points

    Raiders QB: Daryle Lamonica (12/26, 166 YDS, 2 TD); Ken Stabler (1/1, 1 YD, 1 TD)

    Oilers QB: Dan Pastorini (3/21, 31 YDS, 4 INT)

    Some blasts from the past took center stage on this night, where Fred Biletnikoff caught a 16-yard TD pass and George Blanda kicked a pair of field goals, as the Oakland Raiders steamrolled the Houston Oilers in 1972.

    Oilers QB Dan Pastorini managed to throw one more interception than completion in the loss.

6. St. Louis Rams 35, Detroit Lions 0

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    Where: Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit

    When: October 8th, 2001

    Margin: 35 Points

    Rams QB: Kurt Warner (29/37, 291 YDS, 3 TD)

    Lions QB: Ty Detmer (15/18, 149 YDS, 1 INT); Charlie Batch (11/16, 113 YDS, 1 INT)

    Marshall Faulk, Az-Zahir Hakim and Torry Holt all scored touchdowns as the Rams hammered on the Lions, who were led by Johnnie Morton and Herman Moore.

    Dre Bly led the way on defense with a 93-yard interception return for a touchdown.

5. Dallas Cowboys 35, New York Giants 0

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    Where: Meadowlands, New Jersey

    When: September 4th, 1995

    Margin: 35 Points

    Cowboys QB: Troy Aikman (15/28, 228 YDS, 1 TD)

    Giants QB: Dave Brown (20/34, 155 YDS, 1 INT)

    Emmitt Smith exploded on the opening MNF game of the season with four TDs and 163 yards rushing as he simply stole the show that night.

    Michael Irvin caught seven balls for 109 yards and a touchdown, and tight end Jay Novacek also added 91 yards.

4. St. Louis Cardinals 38, Dallas Cowboys 0

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    Where: Cotton Bowl, Dallas

    When: November 16th, 1970

    Margin: 38 Points

    Cardinals QB: Jim Hart (14/30, 164 YDS, 1 INT)

    Cowboys QB: Craig Morton (8/26, 126 YDS, 3 INT); Roger Staubach (2/8, 61 YDS, 1 INT)

    The St. Louis Cardinals ran all over the Dallas Cowboys on this day back in 1970.

    John Gilliam and Roy Shivers each added scores, and Johnny Roland added two rushing TDs, as the Cards piled up 242 yards on the ground in the victory.

    Roland also took a punt back for a 74-yard TD.

3. San Francisco 49ers 41, Chicago Bears 0

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    Where: Candlestick Park, San Francisco

    When: December 14th, 1987

    Margin: 41 Points

    Bears QB: Jim Harbaugh (8/11, 62 YDS); Mike Tomczak (11/25, 122 YDS, 4 INT)

    49ers QB: Steve Young (9/19, 100 YDS, 4 TD); Joe Montana (4/8, 47 YDS)

    Steve Young came in for an injured Joe Montana and threw four touchdowns, three of which went to Jerry Rice, as the Niners dismantled the Bears 41-0 back in 1987.

    Ronnie Lott led a tough defense that recorded four picks and three sacks that night.

2. Seattle Seahawks 42, Philadelphia Eagles 0

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    Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

    When: December 5th, 2005

    Margin: 42 Points

    Seahawks QB: Matt Hasselbeck (8/15, 98 YDS, 1 TD)

    Eagles QB: Koy Detmer (13/29, 84 YDS, 2 INT); Mike McMahon (4/10, 61 YDS, 2 INT)

    Shaun Alexander had 49 yards and two scores, and the Seahawks defense recorded three touchdowns, including two by Andre Dyson.

    Seattle went into Philly and recorded the largest margin of victory by a road team in Monday Night Football history.

1. Baltimore Ravens 48, Green Bay Packers 3

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    Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore

    When: December 19th, 2005

    Margin: 45 Points

    Packers QB: Brett Favre (14/29, 144 YDS, 2 INT); Aaron Rodgers (8/15, 65 YDS, 1 INT)

    Ravens QB: Kyle Boller (19/27, 253 YDS, 3 TD)

    Kyle Boller out-dueled Brett Favre, and Jamaal Lewis ran for 105 yards and a touchdown as the Baltimore Ravens ran the Green Bay Packers out of town in a big way.

    Deion Sanders had an interception and Adalius Thomas picked up a fumble and ran it back 35 yards for a touchdown.

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