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New Orleans thought they had a winning season in their hands, but Oakland came to the Superdome and staged a thrilling fourth-quarter comeback. Down 21 points, Ken Stabler fired two TD passes to Cliff Branch for a 42-35 comeback for the Silver and Black.
This would be the Jets' most disappointing loss of the 1979 season. Seattle, en route to its second-straight winning season, victimized New York punter Chuck Ramsey. Once they blocked a punt, and a another time Ramsey mishandled a snap. It may have been New York's last loss of the year, but once again the Jets would not finish above .500 (for the tenth straight year).moreless
Coach Dick Vermeil told his Eagles all along they could beat the Dallas Cowboys. This game helped prove it. Tony Franklin set a team record with a 59-yard field goal en route to a 31-21 win at Texas Stadium.
Ira Matthews set an MNF record with a 104-yard kickoff return TD as the Raiders trounced the Chargers 45-22. Lester Hayes handcuffed San Diego's "Air Coryell" offense with an interception return for a touchdown.
The Browns had won each of their first three games by a field goal, earning them the nickname "Kardiac Kids." On this night, though, Cleveland had no need for miracle comebacks. They throttled the Cowboys 26-7, giving "America's Team" its first loss of 1979.