One of the great aspects of the NFL season is to cut through much of the holiday season.
While the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys have claimed Thanksgiving, and the networks vie for Christmas and New Year’s time slots, Halloween doesn’t happen often in the NFL calendar. Consider this to be the first list of Sunday Halloween games since 2010 – an 11-year wait.
Thursday Night Football helped catch a stray Halloween game here and there, and you can always count on Monday Night Football to put on a Halloween game the year after the Sunday slate.
Here are nine memorable Halloween games since 1993.
Smith posted a career-high 237 rushing yards as the Cowboys outscored the Eagles 23-10 at Veterans Stadium amid a downpour. If only the Eagles hadn’t played Cover-2 and forced Troy Aikman to throw a wet soccer ball.
The Bears and Packers became their 1920s versions for Halloween. Chicago pulled Gayle Sayers and Dick Butkus’ jerseys off at halftime, but it was all in Green Bay, 33-6 on a Monday night.
The game was particularly spicy as the Baltimore Ravens had become involved in the Terrell Owens drama during the offseason. The Eagles edged the Ravens 15-10 to start 7-0 with Owens mimicking Ray Lewis’ pre-game dance for his touchdown celebration.
As part of Ben Roethlisberger’s magical rookie run, the Steelers beat the Patriots 34-20, ending their 21-game winning streak dating back to 2003, which included their Super Bowl run. Let’s see Tommy Maddox do this.
The Ravens and Steelers were locked in another low-scoring affair, and Baltimore appeared to walk away with three consecutive goals from Matt Stover. However, Jeff Reed had a 37-yard field goal to give Pittsburgh a 20-19 lead with 1:36 to go.
No word in English conjures up a festive and spooky atmosphere like “New Orleans” and “Halloween”. The Superdome was teeming with creative costumes as the Saints beat the Steelers 20-10.
The Chargers had it all wrapped up in the tied 20-20 settlement, but San Diego got greedy. On a first and 10 off the Chiefs 15-yard line, Philip Rivers fumbled and Kansas City recovered, ensuring the game ended in overtime. Ryan Succop turned the trick into a 30-yard field goal to give the Chiefs a victory over the Chargers.
There’s groping the ball to set up the winning basket, then getting kicked into the end zone for safety. It would be one thing if there was an offensive outfit that led to safety, or an intentional grounding that led to two points. No. Andy Dalton just didn’t see Cameron Wake and got kicked out for safety. It wasn’t even a blind blow, either.
San Francisco had complete dominance over the Cardinals, but rookie Kyler Murray made the 49ers sweat with an 88-yard touchdown pass to receiver Andy Isabella. However, San Francisco’s four-minute offense melted the rest of the time and secured a 28-25 victory.