ABC'S NFL "MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL"
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS VS. TENNESSEE TITANS
MONDAY, DECEMBER 13
9:00 P.M., ET
ABC TELEVISION NETWORK
ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football," the most successful and longest-running primetime television sports series, continues its 35th anniversary season as Tony Gonzalez and the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans. Coverage from Adelphia Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee, begins MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, at 9:00 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network.
The 2004 MNF regular season continues on MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, as the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots march on to the postseason when they travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins.
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.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS VS. TENNESSEE TITANS:
The Chiefs own a 26-18 edge in 44 regular and postseason games played between these two original AFL franchises, including a 2-0 mark in postseason play. These teams have only met twice over the last eight years, with the Titans winning the last game between these two teams, a 17-14 OT decision (9/10/00) in Nashville. Their previous game was in the first week of the 1996 season, when the Chiefs defeated the Houston Oilers 20-19 at the Astrodome.
Interestingly, Monday night's game will mark the first time the head coaches (Dick Vermeil and Jeff Fisher) will meet since Vermeil's '99 Rams squad captured a 23-16 victory in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Kansas City Chiefs (4-8, T-3rd place in AFC West)
This is the third Chiefs games on "Monday Night Football" this season. They defeated the Ravens 27-24 in week 4, and played the Super Bowl champion Patriots tough before losing 27-19 in week 11. This is only the second time the Chiefs have appeared three times in a season on MNF. The last time was back in 1991, when they went 2-1. They have an overall MNF record of 19-14.
Tennessee Titans (4-8, 4th place in AFC South)
The Titans have a 6-3 record on "Monday Night Football" since the franchise moved to Tennessee, including a dominating 48-27 victory over the Packers at Lambeau Field in week 5. Their only appearance last season was a 24-17 loss to the New York Jets in the Meadowlands in week 13. Overall the Titans/Oilers are 17-14 on MNF.
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 fied, will provide viewers with unique angles.
Fred Gaudelli is the producer and Drew Esocoff is the director of ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football."