NFL Encores Key Games


NFL Network will set the stage for games laden with playoff implications with encores of top contests this weekend.

On Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. (ET), the pro football league’s in-house service will showcase the complete re-air of the “Monday Night Miracle,” the New York Jets’ 40-37 OT win over the Miami Dolphins in the 2000 season. The game, voted the “greatest game in Monday Night Football” history by fans in 2002, saw Vinny Testaverde lead Gang Green back from a 23-point deficit, as the tilt ended at 1 a.m. (ET).

The Jets host the Dolphins this Sunday with first place in the AFC East at stake. If the Dolphins win they are divisional champs; should the Jets triumph they could win the division with a loss by New England, or gain a Wild Card berth with a Baltimore Ravens’ defeat.

The circumstances are more concrete with the Sunday Night Football match-up between the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos as the winner wears the AFC West crown. Earlier this season, the Broncos edged the Chargers 39-38 behind a controversial blown call by referee Ed Hochuli and two-point conversion in the waning moments.

On Dec. 27 at 9 p.m., NFL Network will encore the game in which quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers combined to pass for 727 yard and seven touchdowns.  In addition to the complete telecast with CBS graphics and announcers (Dick Enberg and Randy Cross), this NFL Classic Games features post-game reaction from players and coaches who commented on a fourth-quarter, incomplete-pass ruling which allowed the Broncos to maintain possession on their game-winning drive