Packers Loss to Seattle Brings Back Fonder Memories of 1989
The Green Bay Packers lost 14-12 to the Seattle Seahawks Monday night on a last-second, controversial (understatement) call where the officials called an interception by Green Bay’s M.D. Jennings a touchdown by Seattle’s Golden Tate.
The finale brings back memories of the Packers controversial 1989 instant replay game against the Chicago Bears. Fortunately, the Packers were on the positive end of that game-deciding call.
Trailing 13-7 in the fourth quarter, Don Majkowski drove the Packers down field. On a fourth down with under a minute left, Majkowski fired a touchdown pass to Sterling Sharpe.
However, the line judge ruled Majkowski was past the line of scrimmage when he made the throw. The resulting penalty would have negated the touchdown and given the Bears the win.
The officials reviewed the call and after several tense minutes, overturned the penalty and upheld the touchdown.
The Packers won 14-13, beating the Bears for the first time since 1984.
The final scores of the two games were almost identical and the winning scores happened at almost the same time during the contests. Of course, the results were much different.
In 1989, the officials got the call right. Monday night, the replacement officials totally blew it.