The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football this week, and will be looking to continue one of the most impressive streaks in the NFL: Pittsburgh has won 19 straight home games on Monday night.
The Steelers’ last Monday night loss came over 20 years ago, as they fell to the New York Giants on Oct. 14, 1991. New York bested Pittsburgh 23-20, but Steelers quarterback Neil O’Donnell did toss a pair of touchdowns in defeat.
That game was, of course, at Three Rivers Stadium. The Steelers have never lost on Monday Night at Heinz Field. To put the streak into perspective, only Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Heyward, Chris Boswell, Joe Haden and Tyson Alualu from the current Steelers roster had been born the last time Pittsburgh suffered a home defeat on Monday night.
O’Donnell got back in the win column to start the streak with a 20-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in 1992. He also beat the Buffalo Bills in 1993 and 1994, the Houston Oilers in 1994 and Cleveland Browns in 1995. Mike Tomczak led the Steelers over the Bills in 1996. Kordell Stewart continued the streak against the Green Bay Packers in 1998, Atlanta Falcons in 1999 and Tennessee Titans in 2001. Tommy Maddox made his contribution to the streak with a win over the Indianapolis Colts in 2002.
Even since Roethlisberger took over the reins as quarterback in 2005, there have been some other contributors. Mason Rudolph beat the Bengals and Miami Dolphins while Roethlisberger was injured in 2019. Roethlisberger is 6-0 at home on Monday Night Football.
The Steelers also have a chance to become the first NFL franchise to ever win 50 Monday Night Football games. They’re currently tied with San Francisco for first with 49 wins. The Steelers have better winning percentage at 49-25, compared to the 49ers’ 49-29.