ABC'S NFL "MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL"
DALLAS COWBOYS VS. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
MONDAY, DECEMBER 6
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 with a key NFC game with playoff implications, as the Seattle Seahawks, battling for first place in the NFC West, they take on Bill Parcells and the Dallas Cowboys. Coverage from Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington, begins MONDAY, December 6, at 9:00 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network.
The 2004 MNF regular season continues on MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, as Steve McNair and the Tennessee Titans host the high-powered Kansas City Chiefs.
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.
DALLAS COWBOYS VS. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS:
This will be the ninth all-time meeting between the Seahawks and Cowboys, with the Cowboys holding a 5-3 advantage. Seattle has won the last two games in the series, with a 17-14 win at Dallas on October 27, 2002, and a 29-3 win at Seattle's Husky Stadium on December 16, 2001. Before the 2001 meeting at Husky Stadium, the Seahawks played three consecutive games at Texas Stadium, winning 31-14 on November 27, 1986, before dropping two games in 1992 and 1998. Before that 1986 Seahawks win, the Cowboys won the first three games played in this series in 1976, 1980 and 1983.
Dallas Cowboys (4-7, 3rd place in NFC East)
The Cowboys have an overall MNF record of 37-27 and are 1-1 this season, including a 21-18 victory over the Redskins in Washington in week 3 and a 49-21 loss to the Eagles in Dallas in week 10. Their 37 wins tie them with the 49ers for the second-most wins on "Monday Night Football," trailing only the Dolphins, who have 38. The Cowboys trail only the Miami Dolphins (70) with 64 all-time "Monday Night Football" appearances.
Seattle Seahawks (6-5, 1st place in NFC West)
This will mark the Seahawks' 20th appearance on "Monday Night Football." They are 12-7 all-time on MNF, including losses in their last two appearances. Seattle last hosted a "Monday Night Football" game on October 14, 2002, in a game against San Francisco, which the 49ers won 28-21. That game is famous for the Terrell Owens "Sharpie" incident. The last time Seattle hosted an MNF game before 2002 was November 30, 1992, when the Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 16-13 in overtime. This is only the fourth time the Seahawks have appeared on MNF since the 1992 season.
SHAUN ALEXANDER MIC'D UP:
Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander will wear a wireless microphone during the game to provide sonds of the game for the MNF telecast. Other players to be "mic'd up" this season include Broncos safety John Lynch, Ravens LB Ray Lewis, Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber, Jets center Kevin Mawae and Vikings WR Randy Moss.
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."