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The Dolphins saw their playoff chances turned basically to ashes this night. By the game's end, Fly Eagles Fly was on just about everybody's tongue. A decade and a half of Miami Dolphins near-excellence was on its final days.
"The Greatest Show on Turf" made its way to a place neither they nor MNF had been before: Cleveland Browns Stadium. The home club, far removed from their playoff season of 2002, seemed to play on even terms. But the Rams never really held up. Aeneas Williams' interception sealed the 26-20 St. Louis win.moreless
Following their shaky September, the Eagles took wing in mid-October and kept flying. On this night, Lambeau Field would be struck down as the Eagles continued on their nine-game winning streak.
The Chargers, just off their first win of the year, had no time to celebrate. With southern California ravaged with wildfires, the NFL shifted this MNF contest from San Diego to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. As a result, the Chargers hit rock-bottom in a season that would thrust them to last place. That didn't matter to Miami and linebacker Junior Seau.moreless
Kansas City had its share of thrills and scares during its unbeaten September and October. But the biggest threat to the perfection came at Oakland.
The Rams may have lacked an injured Marshall Faulk, but their defense stood up to faltering Atlanta. Three turnovers, two sacks, and a safety were the exclamation points. Offensively, Marc Bulger amassed 352 passing yards, fueling the Rams' 36-0 rout.
It was Tony Dungy's birthday, and a homecoming of sorts. He was returning to Tampa Bay, where he had been the Bucs' coach for six years. After more than 50 minutes of poor play, falling behind 35-14, the Colts caught fire with one of the greatest and quickest comebacks ever. Tampa Bay shot itself in the foot in the overtime, which Indy claimed 38-35.moreless
"New" Soldier Field opened its doors to football on this night, with the Bears hosting their archrivals. Green Bay owned the night, 38-23, with Brett Favre outdueling Chicago's new QB Kordell Stewart.
It was opening night at the new Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Eagles sought revenge against the Bucs for losing the 2002 NFC Championship Game at Veterans Stadium, but it didn't happen. Tampa Bay looked overwhelming in a game that would in no way reflect either team's 2003 season overall.moreless
Many a traded player faced each other as FedEx Field hosted the NFL Kickoff Game. Misfirings hurt the Jets in a relatively close game, won by Washington 16-13 in the last seconds.