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Muppet Night Football

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Muppet Night Football
Muppet Night Football Logo.png
1234 Total
CIN 314010 27
PIT 00107 17
DateDecember 21, 2020
StadiumPaul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
FavoriteSteelers by 9.5
RefereeClay Martin
Attendance10,249
TV in the United States
NetworkESPN
AnnouncersSteve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick

Muppet Night Football was an American football contest played on December 21, 2020, between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. As the game was played on Christmas week, the ESPN television network broadcast used the Muppets as an installment during the Monday Night Football broadcast. The Bengals won the game in a 27–17 upset victory.[1]

Background[edit]

In the previous two editions of Monday Night Football, on Christmas week, ESPN had holiday themed broadcasts based on A Christmas Carol and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.[2] ESPN producers believed that the Muppets would be a natural fit for Monday Night Football given that they are both owned by Disney.[2]

Telecast[edit]

The Muppet Night Football telecast featured Muppet characters including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Statler and Waldorf.[3] As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the segments involving the Muppets were shot with puppeteers in front of a green screen at home.[3]

In the opening broadcast of the game, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy served as announcers from the booth while Fozzie Bear reported from the sidelines.[4] After their appearance in the opening broadcast, the Muppets soon re-appeared with Rowlf the Dog, Scooter, Gonzo, Animal, Beaker, the Swedish Chef and others singing a football-themed rendition Carol of the Bells.[5][6]

The game's announcers also made reference to the Muppets, at times, such as when color commentator Brian Griese stated "I just hope that Statler and Waldorf don't throw tomatoes at us like they do Fozzie Bear."[5]

Game[edit]

Cincinnati started the game strong by recovering a botched Ben Roethlisberger snap inside of the Steelers 20 yard line. This led to a short Bengals field goal to go up 3–0.[7] Soon after, the Bengals recovered a fumble off of a scorching hit from safety Vonn Bell on JuJu Smith-Schuster. The Bengals led 17–0 at the half and in the second half they added a third touchdown and a late field goal a 27–17 win.[7]

In an upset win, the Bengals defeated the Steelers 27–17 to get their third win of the season. The victory snapped the Bengals's 11 game losing streak to the Steelers and marked their first home win against the Steelers since 2013 season.[8]

See also[edit]

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

References[edit]

  1. "Pittsburgh Steelers lose third straight game in 'Muppet Night Football'". CNN. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "If you missed it, check out The Muppets opening Monday Night Football". Awful Annoucning. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Watch Out Steelers And Bengals: The Muppets Blitz 'Monday Night Football' Tonight". ESPN. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  4. "'Muppets' to be part of Steelers-Bengals 'Monday Night Football' broadcast". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "WATCH: Kermit, Piggy and the Gang Take Over Monday Night Football". PRIMETIMER. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  6. "Why Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the rest of The Muppets are on the Monday Night Football broadcast". DraftKings. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Steelers at Bengals score: Cincinnati stuns Pittsburgh on 'MNF,' opens door for Browns in AFC North". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  8. "Bengals shock Steelers, win 27-17 on Monday Night Football". SB Nation. Retrieved 2020-12-23.


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