25 Years Ago: 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.