Best MNF Finishes of Last 20 years
Cowboys 25, Bills 24
Cowboys QBTony Romo threw five interceptions -- two returned for touchdowns -- but the Bills still weren't able to put the game away. Dallas scored a touchdown with under a minute left to close the gap to 24-22. When Terrell Owens couldn't hold onto a two-point conversion pass attempt, it appeared that Buffalo finally had the victory. But the Cowboys recovered an on-side kick and got into position for a 53-yard field goal attempt. Nick Folk split the uprights only to learn the Bills had called a timeout before the play. So Folk had to kick again. He nailed it one more time and Dallas won.
Jets 40, Dolphins 37 (OT)
The granddaddy of furious Monday Night Football finishes saw the Jets overcome a 30-7 deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime with a two-yard touchdown pass to the unlikeliest of New York receivers: tackle eligible Jumbo Elliot. The lineman's first career score with 42 seconds remaining -- and John Hall's game-winning field goal from 40 yards in the extra frame -- punctuated a result many consider the greatest Monday Night contest in history.
Chiefs 31, Broncos 28
Just moments after John Elway scrambled for a go-ahead touchdown late in Denver's division showdown with the Chiefs, it was Joe Montana's turn to answer. In one of his most brilliant final-reel rescues, Montana managed the clock to perfection while completing 7-of-8 passes -- including a five-yard touchdown strike to Willie Davis with eight seconds left -- to lift Kansas City to a thrilling 31-28 victory at Mile High Stadium.
Packers 26, Vikings 20 (OT)
Gary Anderson's botched 33-yard field goal attempt in the driving rain on the final play of regulation gave the Packers a glimmer of hope. Brett Favre launched a third-down bomb to Antonio Freeman, who slipped on the turf as cornerback Chris Dishman deflected the pass. The ball bounced off Freeman's left shoulder as he rolled over, but the receiver corralled the ball into his chest and jumped up before getting touched. Freeman sprinted 20 yards for the incredibly unlikely but perfectly legal game-winning score.
Colts 38, Buccaneers 35 (OT)
A 35-14 deficit with four minutes to go in regulation against the reigning Super Bowl champs proved to be no big thing for Peyton Manning. The Indianapolis signal-caller sparked the Colts to three scores in the last 3:28 to force overtime, where Mike Vanderjagt split the uprights from 28 yards to cap one of the wildest comebacks in NFL history. No other team has ever overcome a three-touchdown deficit with less than four minutes remaining to win.
Bears 24, Cardinals 23
A game perhaps best remembered for Arizona coach Dennis Green's postgame meltdown ("The Bears are who we thought they were!") saw Chicago eke out a 24-23 victory despite six turnovers and just three points on offense. After trailing 20-0 at halftime, the Bears returned two fumbles for scores and took their first lead on Devin Hester's 83-yard punt return for a touchdown with 2:53 remaining. A Neil Rackers missed field goal in the final minute sealed the victory for the eventual NFC champs.
Cowboys 35, Giants 32 (OT)
How did a kicker manage to overshadow the return of Bill Parcells to Giants Stadium as the head coach of the Cowboys? Simple. Dallas booter Billy Cundiff matched an NFL record with seven field goals -- including a 52-yard equalizer to force overtime and a 25-yarder to decide the game -- as the visiting Cowboys took a 35-32 victory over their division rivals.
Cowboys 21, Eagles 20
The Eagles let a chance to steal a win from defending division champ Dallas slip away. Literally. The Cowboys had fought back from a two-touchdown hole to take a 21-20 lead with 51 seconds left -- before Ty Detmer drove the Eagles downfield and Chris Bonoil came on to try a 22-yard chip shot. But holder Tom Hutton couldn't hold onto the snap, stood up and raced to his left before getting wrapped up by Deion Sanders. Game over.
Redskins 14, Cowboys 13
With Washington behind 13-0, prospects appeared dim for a team that had yet to find the end zone in seven quarters. But Santana Moss brought down a pair of long-range bombs from Mark Brunell in the last four minutes -- including the devastating 70-yard game-clincher -- to help the `Skins escape Texas Stadium with an unlikely 14-13 win.
Buccaneers 38, Rams 35
With 1:55 remaining in a rematch of the 1999 NFC title game, Tampa Bay trailed 31-28 after blowing a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. Shaun King took a snap on second down and threw laterally to Warrick Dunn, who was seemingly wrapped up for an 11-yard loss. But before going down, Dunn lateraled back to King, who sprinted for the first down to keep the drive alive. The Bucs continued to march 80 yards with no timeouts in under two minutes to secure the win.<br><br>Send comments to email@example.com