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ESPN sets record with Monday's Saints-Pats game

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 3rd 2009 10:02AM
MNF_logoOn Monday night, ESPN had one of the best NFL match ups of the season -- the undefeated New Orleans Saints versus perennial powerhouse New England Patriots. The game was, perhaps, a preview of the Super Bowl because it's entirely possible that the Saints and the Pats could make it through the playoffs to the ultimate game.

Well, without much more than the usual hype, ESPN's Monday Night Football got the huge audience this kind of contest warrants. It was the second most-watched cable program of all time. Yes, you read that correctly. The second most-watched cable program of all time. Over 20 million total viewers -- 21.4 million -- tuned in to watch the game... which turned out to be a bit of a dud. But that doesn't matter to ESPN because they scored big time.

The broadcast was ESPN's second-highest rating in the network's 30-year history. But like I said, the game was a bit of a snooze after half-time. The Saints dominated, the Patriots had no answer for the high-powered Drew Brees led offense, and by the end of the game, Tom Brady was on the sidelines. He wasn't injured, except for his pride. The coach took him out of the game when the Pats basically threw in the towel.

You know, in that way it was like a Super Bowl. Recently, the Super Bowls have been more exciting -- like the Giants coming back to beat the Pats when they were undefeated in 2007 -- but in the history of the "big game," there have been a lot of lousy games.

Let's hope if these guys do meet again, it'll be a better game.

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Lousy game? It was absolutely hilarious the way the Patriots lost! Pats fans go on and on about how godly their team is and Monday 21.4 million people saw exactly how the Patriots were doing this year. Now I'm not a Saintsfan, I just am against teams that are overhyped by fans and media.

Basically, the game was very enjoyable because the Patriots failed.

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Anonymous, I wish I knew who you were so I could send you an award. I couldn't have said it better myself!

December 03 2009 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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