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25 Years Ago: The Instant Replay Game

Don Majkowski: The Instant Replay Game

Fourth and goal, ball on the 14-yard line with 41 seconds remaining. The Green Bay Packers trail the Chicago Bears 13-7.

Don Majkowski gets chased out of the pocket to his right and just as he gets to the line of scrimmage, fires a bullet to Sterling Sharpe across his body in the end zone. Touchdown!

This is what would become known as the Instant Replay Game. It happened 25 years ago today. The score would provide the Packers with a 14-13 win over the Bears, who they hadn’t beaten in longer than any of us cared to remember. The play was flagged at the outset — Majkowski, over the line of scrimmage, loss of down, turnover and game over.

Then it got reviewed — for about five hours — and overturned. Packers win! Ditka pissed!

This is one of those games, if you saw it, you remember exactly where you were and what was going on. It helped cement the legacy of The Majik Man and win Lindy Infante a coach of the year award.

So how fitting that the Packers play the Bears this weekend.

This video leaves a little to be desired since the review isn’t included, but trust us. The play was overturned and the Packers did win.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. pf4l November 5, 2014

    The call was overturned, because the line of scrimmage was the 14 yard line, his right foot was on the 15 yard line at his release. He was at least 2 1/2 feet behind the line of scrimmage.

    Thank God i’m not a bear fan. Bear fans and Ditka cry…excuse after excuse after excuse…to this day. How about….The bears just suck.

  2. pf4l November 5, 2014

    Don’t forget about this gem…..

  3. BZ in BA November 5, 2014


  4. Skinny November 5, 2014

    The real winner was that mullet Maj was rockin in the late 80s.

  5. Disposable h3ro November 5, 2014

    Oh snap, Jeff Query.

  6. Savage57 November 5, 2014

    This game was payback for that shit Ditka pulled with fat-ass William Perry.

  7. TyKo Steamboat November 5, 2014

    Fuck that over-rated ass clown Mike Ditka. All that talent in the Mid-80’s & only one stinken Superbowl.

    A joke that he is worshipped by a buncha idiots in that city

    1. MGP November 6, 2014

      True, but we (GB) have Frave so many years and only one win in the Superbowl…

    2. THE MONEY MIKE November 6, 2014

      You mean like McCarthy?

      1. MGP November 6, 2014

        McCarthy won one Superbowl…so far :-)

        With a better defense, i believe in one or two more wins…

      2. TyKo Steamboat November 6, 2014

        Money Mike, McCarthy isn’t worshipped in Green Bay like Ditka is in Chicago.

        Mike McCarthy is more of a winner in the NFL today than Mike Ditka ever was. This modern day NFL is more competitive & more complex than the mid-80’s were. & Ditka had a juggernaught back then & they fell apart after ’85 because of Ditka.

        Also, look at McCarthy’s record vs. the low life scum lords known as the Chicago bears. Any time you wana hate McCarthy, just close your eyes & remember Ray Rhodes & Lindy Infante…

  8. TyKo Steamboat November 6, 2014

    One thing Monty didn’t mention is that Ditka ordered an asterisk next to this game in the Chicago Sun Times’ scorecard section.

    Ditkas a fag

  9. Packer Bob November 6, 2014

    25 years ago I was banging your mom.