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Raider biographer Ir Simmons wrote that the Silver and Black, on offense, defense, and special teams, never played better than in this game. Tight end Todd Christiensen shone brightly en route to an NFL-high 92 receptions on the season, but all his teammates seemed to chip in just as much. They erased an early San Diego lead and never looked back, winning the game 42-10 and the AFC West.moreless
Cincinnati had the NFL's Number One defense in 1983, but nobody knew it from this game. The Dolphins were riding high with rookie QB Dan Marino at the helm, embarrassing Forrest Gregg's Bengals to the tune of 38 points.
The Saints came into this game hoping to improve their standings for the playoffs, but the Jets stole a 31-28 victory that would help deny New Orleans their first-ever winning season and playoff berth.
In a battle of two medicore NFC East rivals, the Cardinals and Giants played for nearly five hours--and STILL couldn't produce a winner, as the game ended in a 20-20 tie, the last deadlock to date on MNF.
Marc Wilson started at QB for the first time in 1983, facing the heretofore unbeaten Cowboys. Once again, the Raiders office was instrumental, racking up 519 total yards. RBs Frank Hawkins and Marcus Allen were multidimensional threats. Still, it took a late drive and Chris Bahr's field goal to beat Dallas, 40-38.moreless
This game symbolized the Packers' 1983 season: every time the Pack was in command, the opposition stormed into contention. QB Lynn Dickey, en route to the Green Bay single-season passing record, had a season-high 387 passing yards in this game. But it took Jan Stenerud's field goal to give Green Bay the 48-47 win.moreless
Dan Marinomade his NFL debut and threw for two TDs, but the game was well in L.A.'s hand by then, 27-14. Rookie DE Greg Townsend recovered a David Woodley fumble and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown.
The defending Super Bowl Champions thought they had Opening Day in the bag. By halftime, they had limited their archrivals from Dallas to three points. But in the second half, the Cowboys ignored the feats of rookie cornerback Darrell Green and stormed out of the gate. Four touchdowns pushed Dallas to a 31-30 comeback win, avenging their defeat to Washington in the 1982 NFC Championship game.moreless