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MNF: Monday Night Fiasco

Eagles and Panthers are the latest Monday Night Fiasco.

MNF: Monday Night Fiasco

Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) signals a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 in East Rutherford, N.J. After further review Manning´s pass to Hakeem Nicks was ruled a touchdown. (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) signals a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 in East Rutherford, N.J. After further review Manning's pass to Hakeem Nicks was ruled a touchdown. (Bill Kostroun/AP)

This Eagles-Panthers game will go down as one of the worst matchups ever — records-wise — on “Monday Night Football.’’

Only twice in the series’ long history have two teams (with a minimum of 20 decisions between them) come into a MNF contest with worse combined records. (This will be the 236th MNF game that meets the 20-decision criteria.)

(Special mention goes to the Oct. 15, 2001 Cowboys-Redskins game, where both teams entered with 0-4 records. The Cowboys eked out a 9-7 win at home.)

Here are the "worst" MNF matchups with each team's pregame record (@home team):

 Date  W-L  Pct.  Winner (W-L)  Loser (W-L)  Score
 Dec. 15, 1975    4-20    .167    @Chargers (1-11)    Jets (3-9)  24-16  
 Nov. 21, 1994  4-16  .200  Giants (3-7)  @Oilers (1-9)  13-10
 Nov. 26, 2012  5-15  .250 Panthers (2-8) at Eagles (3-7)
 Jan. 3, 2000  8-22  .267  @Falcons (4-11)  49ers (4-11)  34-29
 Dec. 19, 2005  7-19  .269  @Ravens (4-9)  Packers (3-10)    48-  3
 Dec. 12, 2011  7-17  .292  @Seahawks (5-7)  Rams (2-10)  30-13
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