This Date in NFL History

Great games. Startling accomplishments by individuals and teams. Milestone events. These are the things that keep football fans coming back for more. looks back at some of the greatest moments in NFL history, recapping the event and putting it into the context of its era.

Vince Lombardi

August 31 - September 6

The All-America Football Conference makes its debut and the NFL loses a legend.

Hall of Fame September 7 - September 13

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is officially opened with a charter class of 17 enshrinees and the Cleveland Browns are reborn.

Johnny Unitas September 14 - September 20

The National Football League is formed, Johnny Unitas becomes the career touchdown pass leader and Walter Payton sets the all-time rushing touchdown record.

Howard Cosell September 21 - September 27

Monday Night Football hits the airwaves, and Joe Namath and Johnny Unitas stage an air war over Baltimore.

Alan Ameche September 28 - October 4

Alan Ameche becomes the first rookie to open his career with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games and Bob Shaw sets the record with five touchdown catches in a game.

Walter Payton October 5 - October 11

Walter Payton becomes the all-time rushing leader and Steve Largent catches a pass in a record 128th straight game.

Art Monk October 12 - October 18

Art Monk becomes the NFL's all-time leading receiver and Tony Dorsett tops the 10,000-yard plateau.

Corey Dillon October 19 - October 25

Corey Dillon sets the single-game rushing record and the Packers intercept a record nine passes.

Y.A. Tittle October 26 - November 1

Y.A. Tittle fires seven touchdown passes against the Redskins and Johnny Unitas becomes the career passing yards leader.

Tom Dempsey November 2 - November 8

Tom Dempsey boots a 63-yard field goal and the Seahawks return four interceptions for touchdowns.

Derrick Thomas November 9 - November 15

Derrick Thomas gets seven sacks and Don Shula becomes the winningest coach in NFL history.

Heidi Game November 16 - November 22

TV viewers miss the thrilling conclusion of a Jets-Raiders game when NBC cuts to the children's movie Heidi.

O.J. Simpson November 23 - November 29

O.J. Simpson sets the single-game rushing record and Willie "Flipper" Anderson sets the single-game receiving yards record.

Dan Marino November 30 - December 6

Dan Marino sets a pair of records and Tom Fears snares 18 passes in one game.

Eric Dickerson December 7 - December 13

Eric Dickerson sets the single-season rushing mark and Chicago blasts Washington 73-0 in the 1940 title game.

O.J. Simpson December 14 - December 20

O.J. Simpson crests the 2,000-yard plateau and football moves indoors.

Franco Harris December 21 - December 27

Franco Harris makes the "Immaculate Reception" and Joe Namath throws for 4,000 yards in a season.

Frank Reich December 28 - January 3

Buffalo rallies from a 32-point third-quarter deficit to post an improbable 41-38 Wild Card victory over Houston.

Kevin Dyson January 4 - January 10

Tennessee stuns Buffalo with "The Music City Miracle" and Cincinnati defeats San Diego in the coldest game in NFL history.

John Elway January 11 - January 17

John Elway leads the Broncos on "The Drive," the Dolphins are perfect, and Joe Namath and the Jets stun the Colts.

Terry Bradshaw January 18 - January 24

The Steelers win two Super Bowls against the Cowboys and Marcus Allen rips the Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII.

Troy Aikman January 25 - January 31

Dallas claims three Super Bowl titles in four years while Buffalo tastes defeat four straight times.