ABC'S NFL "MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL"
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS VS. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22
9:00 P.M., ET
ABC TELEVISION NETWORK
ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football," the most successful and longest-running primetime sports series, continues its 35th anniversary season when Trent Green, Tony Gonzalez and the Kansas City Chiefs host Tom Brady and the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Coverage from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, begins MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, at 9:00 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network.
The 2004 MNF regular season continues on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, with a NFC battle sure to have playoff implications, as Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers host Marshall Faulk and the St. Louis Rams.
Emmy Award-winning announcer Al Michaels is now in his 19th consecutive season as the play-by-play voice of "Monday Night Football." Michaels, one of television's most respected journalists, has appeared on live, primetime, over-the-air television more than anyone in the history of the medium, with the approximate total number of hours now approaching 2,000. Michaels was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Joining him for his third season on MNF is the legendary John Madden. Madden recently won his unprecedented 14th Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality/Sports Event Analyst.
New to the MNF team this year is sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, who has been the courtside reporter for ABC's coverage of the NBA Finals the last two seasons.
MICHAELS AND MADDEN MOST POPULAR:
Al Michaels and John Madden were voted the No. 1 favorite NFL announcing team by a TV Guide poll. They were selected No. 1 by 47% of the country. Their closest competitors were the Fox team of Joe Buck, Chris Collinsworth and Troy Aikman, with 24%.
Additionally, in a Sports Illustrated year-long poll to find America's favorite sportscaster, the magazine polled readers from each state, asking among other questions, "Who is your favorite announcer?" "Monday Night Football" analyst John Madden was voted No. 1 in 39 states and No. 2 in 10 states. In all, Madden and partner Al Michaels were voted the top two most popular sportscasters in America.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS VS. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS:
Kansas City has lost its last two match-ups against New England, but the Chiefs still hold a 15-10-3 (.589) all-time edge in the 28 regular season meetings between the two clubs. The Chiefs are also 3-0 at Arrowhead Stadium against the Patriots, including a 16-14 victory in the Pats' last game in KC in 1999.
In fact the Patriots have not won in Kansas City since 1964, recording an 0-6-1 record in their last seven visits. New England's seven-game winless streak in Kansas City is the team's longest such streak in any NFL city.
The last meeting between these two teams came at Gillette Stadium (9/22/02), when the Chiefs rebounded from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to send the game into overtime. However the Patriots won the coin toss and registered a 41-38 OT victory, thanks to a 35-yard FG by Adam Vinatieri.
The Chiefs and Patriots have never faced one another in post-season competition. Kansas City has faced every other original AFL team in the playoffs except for New England.
New England Patriots (8-1, 1st place in AFC East)
The Patriots will make their 30th appearance on "Monday Night Football." New England has won three of its last four games on Monday nights, dating back to a 30-24 victory over Kansas City on Dec. 4, 2000. The Patriots have scored exactly 30 points in each of their last three Monday night victories, including a memorable 30-26 win at Denver in 2003. This week's game is the first of two Monday appearances this season. The Patriots will also travel to Miami for a Monday night showdown on Dec. 20. New England holds an all-time record of 10-19 in its 29 previous Monday night games.
Kansas City Chiefs (3-6, T-3rd place in AFC West)
This is the second of three Chiefs games on "Monday ight Football" this season. They defeated the Ravens 27-24 in week 4, and later this season they travel to Tennessee to play the Titans in week 14. They have an overall MNF record of 19-13.
HALFTIME - DICK VERMIEL
At halftime, "Monday Night Football" will present a retrospective of the coaching career of Kansas City Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil. The coach discusses, among other topics, his initial decision to retire from football as a coach with the Eagles and subsequent championship with the St. Louis Rams, and the relationship he has with his players.
MNF IN HDTV:
The entire schedule of ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football" is available in HDTV.
ABC Sports will feature "SkyCam" throughout the season on "Monday Night Football." "SkyCam" is a camera suspended over the field on a series of cables. The camera, which runs both the length and width of the field, will provide viewers with unique angles.
Fred Gaudelli is the producer and Drew Esocoff is the director of ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football."