Moment 64 Replay Repercussions

Replay Repercussions
Photo credit: Green Bay Press-Gazette
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November 05, 1989

In the famous “Instant Replay” game, officials review a Don Majkowski-to-Sterling Sharpe touchdown pass on fourth down with 41 seconds left to determine whether Majkowski crossed the line of scrimmage before the throw. It’s ruled he had not, giving the Packers a 14-13 victory.

The Bears were so incensed by the ruling that they marked the game in their media guide with an asterisk for a decade. The controversy in part prompted the NFL to abandon instant replay for seven years.

For the Packers, the down-to-the-wire victory was one of seven on the season by four points or less. Green Bay also lost three games that season by three points or less, earning the team the nickname “Cardiac Pack.” The Packers finished 10-6, their first double-digit win season since 1972, but they lose the NFC Central crown to Minnesota on a division-record tiebreaker.
Replay Repercussions
Photo credit: AP / Paul Spinelli