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1996 Steelers 24 at Dolphins 17 - mcmillenandwife - 12-12-2017

1996 Steelers 24 at Dolphins 17

Mike Tomczak overcomes a pair of early turnovers (including a 61-yd pick 6) to rally Pittsburgh from a 14-3 deficit, hitting Ernie Mills for the 20-yd game-winner with 2:10 remaining. Dan Marino drives 73 yds in the final 2 minutes to the Steeler 7-yd line, but his 4th-and-1 pass into the end zone with 25 seconds left falls incomplete. Tomczak connects on numerous long passes and Bettis has another excellent game (27 carries, 119 yds). Meanwhile, Dan Marino and the Miami offense can muster only one TD against the AFC's top-ranked defense. 


RE: 1996 Steelers 24 at Dolphins 17 - danderson400 - 12-13-2017

A couple of things:
There is a pregame feature before the game(from NBC, even though ABC had the game.)
I've always wondered why Frank Gifford did the intro for MNF back then, since Al Michaels did play by play.


RE: 1996 Steelers 24 at Dolphins 17 - jschroe36 - 12-16-2017

What a game...absolute thriller. This was peak NFL in my opinion.


RE: 1996 Steelers 24 at Dolphins 17 - Garrett Garlits - 06-24-2018

Rod Woodson's interview with Greg Gumbel also has comments from Dick LeBeau.

After the game, highlights from SportsCenter, plus Sal Paolantonio interviews Mike Tomczak and Ernie Mills.

To answer Danderson's question, Gifford was still considered the main voice of MNF, much like Howard Cosell was in the seventies and early eighties. The fact that someone else told the audience what happened on the field was beside the point. You can imagine what Michaels thought of this arrangement, but he stuck it out, and Frank was eventually removed from the booth after the '97 season because of his affair with an airline stewardess and the bad publicity it received.


RE: 1996 Steelers 24 at Dolphins 17 - danderson400 - 06-26-2018

Al has done the main primetime package since 1986, so he's done it longer than Frank. As you said, Frank was still considered the main voice of MNF, much like Howard Cosell was in the seventies and early eighties. these days, Al Michaels has that role, and he's done it longer than those two.