The Packers had lost eight straight games to Mike Ditka's Bears entering this game. Throughout the mid-to-late 1980s, the Pack had struggled while the Bears were one of the most dominant teams in football.
The 1989 season felt different, though. The Packers caught lightning in a bottle with quarterback Don Majkowski and pulled out several games in the final minute. For the first time in years, there was a spark in Green Bay.
The Packers entered this game 4-4 and the Bears 5-3. If Green Bay won this game, they were in the hunt. If the lost, the Bears' dominance would continue, and the Pack would again be an also-ran.
The teams played a tight defensive struggle, and Chicago led 13-7 when Majkowski started one final drive from the Packer 27 with 4:44 left in the game. With 32 seconds left in the game, the Packers were at the Chicago 14. Majkowski was flushed out of the pocket, ran towards the line of scrimmage and spotted Sterling Sharpe open in the end zone. "Majik" threw on the run and found Sharpe for an apparent touchdown, and the Packers went wild.
The celebration was short-lived, however, as the officials ruled that the Packer quarterback had crossed the line of scrimmage, making the pass an illegal one. Video replay showed that Majkowski had indeed been behind the line when he released the ball and the call on the field was overturned.
Suddenly, the game was tied 13-13. Chris Jacke booted the PAT, and the Pack had a thrilling win over their arch-rivals.
The Bears never accepted the loss. To this day, their media game has an asterisk next to the game score and says "instant replay game." No matter how the Bears mark it, the win counted for the Pack, and the team never looked back, finishing with a 10-6 record. The Bears never really recovered from this loss and finished the season 6-10.