Good God, that was 10 straight losses to the Monsters of the Midway during the 1980s. Unacceptable for Packers fans.
That’s why when Nov. 5, 1989, rolled around, Packers Nation could rejoice once again with a game that was a precursor to the string of Bears killings the Packers would lay on Chicago through the 1990s and early 2000s under the guidance of Brett Favre.
But on that day in 1989 when Don “Majik” Majkowski was the Packers quarterback, a tight game came down to a fourth down play from the Bears’ 14 yard line with 41 seconds remaining in a game that had the Bears leading 13-7 at that point.
We all know what transpired – especially those Bears fans who place an asterisk in front of the final score.
Majkowski scrambled right and ran toward the line of scrimmage on the right sideline. Just before stepping out of bounds and being crushed by Bears defenders, he threw a dart into the end zone and into the arms of Sterling Sharpe for the apparent touchdown.
However, as we know, Majik was flagged for throwing the ball from beyond the line of scrimmage. Though there are those who would argue that was indeed the case, the referee in the booth reviewing the play didn’t see it that way. The touchdown stood and the Packers got out of the stadium with a 14-13 win that will never be forgotten by Chicago fans.
But for Packers fans, it’s also a game that will never be forgotten. It will live forever in both teams’ lore … it’s just always fun to look back on it.