Monday Night Football will finally end its longest LP Field absence when the Tennessee Titans host the New York Jets on Monday.
Six times since the stadium opened in 1999 the iconic broadcast, which caps the NFL game week, has come to town. The games were at least an annual affair from 2000-02 but have been relatively scarce since. Several times the contests have been memorable, even if it was for reasons Titans fans would rather forget:
• Oct. 16, 2000, vs. Jacksonville: Eddie George rushes for 165 yards on 30 carries as the Titans defeat their primary division rival for the fifth straight time. Frank Wycheck and Derrick Mason each score first-half touchdowns on juggling receptions. Titans win 27-13.
• Dec. 25, 2000, vs. Dallas: Tennessee closes the regular season with its third straight shutout and climbs to the top of the league rankings in total defense. Rookie linebacker Keith Bulluck gives a hint of prime-time heroics to come, with an eight-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter. Titans win 31-0.
• Nov. 12, 2001, vs. Baltimore: An unlikely, albeit correct call negates Steve McNair’s game-winning touchdown on the final play of regulation. The tough part is that the call was a penalty against the Ravens. Forced to try again, McNair is stopped on a sneak from the 1. Titans lose 16-10.
• Dec. 16, 2002, vs. New England: Tennessee has twice as many runs (48) as passes and rolls up 238 rushing yards, which is more than the Patriots’ has overall (176). Time of possession decidedly favors the home team 41:30-18:30. Titans win 24-7.
• Dec. 13, 2004, vs. Kansas City: Billy Volek’s second straight start in place of the injured Steve McNair (sternum) is a memorable one as he throws for 426 yards and four touchdowns. Three of the scores are by Drew Bennett, who catches 12 passes for 233 yards. The Chiefs, though, score 21 points in the fourth quarter. Titans lose 49-38.
• Oct. 27, 2008, vs. Indianapolis: LenDale White’s 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter starts a run of 25 straight points as Tennessee improves to 7-0 and builds a four- game lead over the other three teams in the AFC South. Titans win 31-21.