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List of Monday night National Football League games prior to 1970

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Listed below are all professional American football regular season games played on Monday before the start of ABC's weekly Monday Night Football series in 1970.

These include games televised by CBS and NBC on an experimental basis in the late 1960s. The pre-1960s games were on Mondays either as special promotions or due to schedule conflicts. The primary reason that Monday games were much more rare before the 1960s was mainly because artificial lighting was not yet widespread or good enough to provide an acceptable view of the field for a night game, along with being before the advent of color television (hence, for the first few years of night games, a specially painted white football was used), thus requiring that all games be played during the day, when most potential spectators were at work.


1930s[edit]

1934

  • October 22: at Detroit Lions 28, Brooklyn Dodgers 0 [1][2]
This game was scheduled for Sunday, postponed due to weather.[2][3]

1936

  • September 28: at Detroit Lions 39, Chicago Cardinals 0 [4][5]
This game was scheduled for Sunday, postponed due to weather.[5]

1937

  • October 4: Chicago Bears 7, at Pittsburgh Pirates 0 [6][7][8]

1938

  • October 3: Pittsburgh Pirates 13, at New York Giants 10 [9]

1939

  • October 2: Chicago Bears 32, at Pittsburgh Pirates 0 [10]
  • November 6: at Brooklyn Dodgers 17, Pittsburgh Pirates 13 [11]
This game was scheduled for Sunday, postponed due to weather.[12][13]


1940s[edit]

1946

  • September 30: at Chicago Cardinals 34, Detroit Lions 14 [14]
  • November 11: Chicago Rockets 20, at Miami Seahawks 7 (AAFC) [15]
  • November 18: at Miami Seahawks 21, Buffalo Bisons 14 (AAFC) [16]
  • November 25: Los Angeles Dons 34, at Miami Seahawks 21 (AAFC) [17]
  • December 9: New York Yankees 31, at Miami Seahawks 0 (AAFC) [18]

1947

  • September 29: New York Giants 7, at Boston Yanks 7 (Tie)[19]
  • September 29: Los Angeles Rams 48, at Pittsburgh Steelers 7 [20]

1948

  • October 4: Chicago Bears 28, at Chicago Cardinals 17 [21][22]

1949

  • September 26: at Chicago Cardinals 38, Washington Redskins 7 [23][24]
  • October 3: Philadelphia Eagles 22, at Detroit Lions 14 [25]
  • October 3: Washington Redskins 27, at Pittsburgh Steelers 14 [26][27]


1950s[edit]

1950

  • October 2: at Chicago Cardinals 55, Baltimore Colts 13 [28]

1951

  • October 1: New York Giants 13, at Pittsburgh Steelers 13 (Tie)[29][30][31]
  • October 8: at Detroit Lions 37, New York Yanks 10 [32][33]

1952

  • September 29: Washington Redskins 23, at Chicago Cardinals 7 [34]

1955

  • September 26: at Pittsburgh Steelers 14, Chicago Cardinals 7 [35]


1960s[edit]

During the early 1960s, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle envisioned the possibility of playing at least one game weekly during prime time that could be viewed by a greater television audience (while the NFL had scheduled Saturday night games on the DuMont Television Network in 1953 and 1954, poor ratings and the dissolution of DuMont led to those games being eliminated by the time CBS took over the rights in 1956). An early bid by the league in 1964 to play on Friday nights was soundly defeated, with critics charging that such telecasts would damage the attendance at high school football games. Undaunted, Rozelle decided to experiment with the concept of playing on Monday night, scheduling the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions for a game on September 28, 1964[36]. While the game was not televised, it drew a sellout crowd of 59,203 spectators to Tiger Stadium, the largest crowd ever to watch a professional football game in Detroit up to that point.

Two years later, Rozelle would build on this success as the NFL began a four-year experiment of playing on Monday night, scheduling one game in prime time on CBS during the 1966 and 1967 seasons, and two contests during each of the next two years[37][38][39][40][41][42] The first prime-time telecast on CBS was on Saturday night, September 10, 1966, with the Baltimore Colts opening the season against the Green Bay Packers at Milwaukee.[43]. NBC followed suit in 1968 and 1969[44] with games involving American Football League teams.

1964

  • September 28: Green Bay Packers 14, at Detroit Lions 10 [45][46]
  • October 12: at Baltimore Colts 47, St. Louis Cardinals 27 [47]

1965

  • October 4: at St. Louis Cardinals 20, Dallas Cowboys 13 [48]

1966

  • October 31: at St. Louis Cardinals[49] 24, Chicago Bears[50] 17 (CBS-TV)[51][52]

The Chicago-St. Louis game from 1966 was a national Monday night telecast (except in St. Louis). Jack Drees and Frank Gifford called the first half with Lindsey Nelson and Gifford doing the second half. This was almost certainly the first NFL prime time game ever televised in color.

1967

  • October 30: Green Bay Packers 31, at St. Louis Cardinals 23 (CBS-TV)[53]

The Green-St. Louis game from 1967 was a prime time "coast to coast" telecast. Jack Drees did play-by-play for the first half while Ray Scott did play-by-play for the second half. Gifford was the analyst the for full game.

1968

  • September 9: Kansas City Chiefs 26, at Houston Oilers 21 (AFL) (NBC-TV)[54]

Curt Gowdy (play-by-play) and Kyle Rote (analysis) were the commentators for the Kansas City-Houston Game from 1968.

  • September 16: Los Angeles Rams 24, at St. Louis Cardinals 13 (CBS-TV)[55]

Jack Buck, Pat Summerall, and Gil Stratton were the commentators for the Los Angeles-St. Louis game from 1968.

  • October 28: Green Bay Packers 28, at Dallas Cowboys 17 (CBS-TV)[56]

Ray Scott, Paul Christman, and Gil Stratton were the commentators for the Green Bay-Dallas game in 1968.

1969

  • October 13: at Baltimore Colts 24, Philadelphia Eagles 20 [57]

The Baltimore-Philadelphia game from 1969 was as broadcast locally by WPHL-Philadelphia with Al Meltzer (play-by-play) and Tom Brookshier (analysis) on commentary.

  • October 20: at New York Jets 26, Houston Oilers 17 (AFL)[58]
  • October 27: at Dallas Cowboys 25, New York Giants 3 (CBS-TV)[59]

Jack Whitaker (play-by-play) and Frank Gifford (analysis) did commentary for the Dallas-New York Giants game from 1969.

References[edit]

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