With live sports off the air due to the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN and the National Football League are partnering to return some classic Monday Night Football games to the airwaves to keep sports fans entertained while they wait for live sports to return.
Games to be featured include the highest-ever scoring game in Monday Night Football history: the 54-51 shootout played in 2018 between the 2020 Super Bowl Champions Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs against Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams. Other matchups include the New Orleans Saints’ Superdome reopening game after Hurricane Katrina in 2006 on April 6, Brett Favre’s first game against the Green Bay Packers in 2009 on April 13, the Indianapolis Colts victory over Tom Brady’s New England Patriots in 2005 on April 20 and the Dallas Cowboys’ improbable road win over the Buffalo Bills in 2007 April 27.
In addition, ESPN will air episodes of Peyton’s Places, starring former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Peyton Manning as he has conversations with current and former players, coaches and other key figures about football’s history and its cultural impact. All 30 episodes of the Sports Emmy-nominated series were produced by NFL Films and ESPN+, where the episodes are still available.
All of these games will also include inventory to support COVID-19 relief-focused organizations.