1989 Green Bay Packers season: Wikis


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1989 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Lindy Infante
Home field Lambeau Field,
Milwaukee County Stadium
Record 10-6
Place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Previous season Next season
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The 1989 Green Bay Packers season resulted in a 10-6 record, the Packers best record since 1972. The team was often referred to as the "Cardiac Pack" because of several close games wins. The team was coached by Lindy Infante and led by quarterback Don Majkowski, who gained his nickname "The Majik Man" that year. The Packers failed to make the playoffs.



The Green Bay Packers selected Tony Mandarich with their first pick of the 1989 NFL Draft, passing on prospects such as Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas, and Deion Sanders. Mandarich was a first-team All-American, an Outland Award finalist and a two-time Big Ten Lineman of the Year. Mandarich would later hold out most of the preseason, playing most of the regular season on special teams. Four years after signing Mandarich, the Packers cut him. ESPN rated Mandarich as the third biggest sports flop in the past 25 years.[1]

Round Selection Overall Player College Position
1 2 2 Tony Mandarich Michigan State T
3 2 58 Matt Brock Oregon DE
3 18 74 Anthony Dilweg Duke QB
4 3 87 Jeff Graham Long Beach State QB
5 12 124 Jeff Query Millikin WR
5 15 127 Vince Workman Ohio State RB
6 3 142 Chris Jacke Texas-El Paso K
7 2 169 Mark Hall SW Louisiana DE
8 3 198 Thomas King SW Louisiana DB
8 11 206 Brian Shulman Auburn P
9 2 225 Scott Kirby Arizona State T
10 3 254 Ben Jessie SW Texas State DB
11 2 281 Cedric Stallworth Georgia Tech DB
12 3 310 Stan Shiver Florida State DB

Regular season

Although the Packers failed to make the Playoffs, they recorded their best record since 1972. The Packers finished 10-6, placing them second in the NFC Central. The Minnesota Vikings also finished 10-6, but held the tiebreaker due to a better conference record. The team finished with a 10-6 record for their first winning season since the strike shortended 1982 season. The club was 6-2 at home and 4-4 on the road.[2] The Packers offense had success due to a strong passing game, headed by quarterback Don Majkowski. Majkowski finished first in the NFL in passing yards and completions. He earned a bid to the NFL Pro Bowl. Wide receiver Sterling Sharpe finished the season first in receptions, and second in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Sharpe would also earn a bid to the Pro Bowl.[3]


The Herschel Walker trade and the Packers

On October 8, 1989, the Packers hosted the Dallas Cowboys, featuring star running back Herschel Walker. Four days later, the Cowboys traded Walker to the Minnesota Vikings; the next team on the Packers' schedule. Walker's debut with the Vikings occurred three days after the trade, on October 15, 1989, against the Packers. The Packers faced Walker for a third time during the regular season, on November 26, 1989 when the Packers played the Vikings again. These regular season games between the Packers and Walker occurred in three different cities: Green Bay, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee.

The instant replay game

On November 5, 1989, the Packers beat the Bears 14-13, but not without controversy. Don Majkowski led the Packers to a comeback and a game-winning touchdown pass to Sterling Sharpe with only seconds left to play. Initially the play was called a touchdown, but line judge Jim Quirk had called a penalty on Majkowski for being beyond the line of scrimmage when he threw the pass. With a nervous and tense crowd at Lambeau Field, the call went up to the instant replay official, Bill Parkinson. Several minutes later the call came down and the touchdown was awarded as recorded by instant replay. The Lambeau faithful and Packer players erupted with joy because it marked the first time since 1984 that the Packers had beaten their long-time rivals. The Packers would later beat the Bears again in the season.[4]

The last team to beat San Francisco

On November 19, 1989, the Packers traveled to Candlestick Park and beat Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers. It would be one of only two losses for the 49ers, and the last before the 49ers finished out the season 8-0, including a 55-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV.[5]


Week Date Opponent Result Game site
1 September 10, 1989 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 23-21 Lambeau Field
2 September 17, 1989 New Orleans Saints W 35-34 Lambeau Field
3 September 24, 1989 at Los Angeles Rams L 41-38 Anaheim Stadium
4 October 1, 1989 Atlanta Falcons W 23-21 Milwaukee County Stadium
5 October 8, 1989 Dallas Cowboys W 31-13 Lambeau Field
6 October 15, 1989 at Minnesota Vikings L 26-14 Metrodome
7 October 22, 1989 at Miami Dolphins L 23-20 Dolphin Stadium
8 October 29, 1989 Detroit Lions W(OT) 23-20 Milwaukee County Stadium
9 November 5, 1989 Chicago Bears W 14-13 Lambeau Field
10 November 12, 1989 at Detroit Lions L 31-22 Pontiac Silverdome
11 November 19, 1989 at San Francisco 49ers W 21-17 Candlestick Park
12 November 26, 1989 Minnesota Vikings W 20-19 Milwaukee County Stadium
13 December 3, 1989 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17-16 Tampa Stadium
14 December 10, 1989 Kansas City Chiefs L 21-3 Lambeau Field
15 December 17, 1989 at Chicago Bears W 40-28 Soldier Field
16 December 24, 1989 at Dallas Cowboys W 20-10 Texas Stadium


NFC Central
Minnesota Vikings 10 6 0 .625 351 275
Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 362 356
Detroit Lions 7 9 0 .438 312 364
Chicago Bears 6 10 0 .375 358 377
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 320 419


Green Bay Packers roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Rookies in italics

Season statistical leaders

Awards and records


Hall of Fame Inductions


  1. ^ ESPN 25 Biggest Sports Flops
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 266
  3. ^ 1989 League Leaders - NFL from Pro-Football-Reference
  4. ^ "Majik" Act Still A Big Hit With Packers Fans from 10/05/2004
  5. ^ See 1989 San Francisco 49ers season
  6. ^ 1989 Green Bay Packers Stats obtained 12/03/2006
  7. ^ a b c d 1989 NFL Pro Bowlers - Pro-Football-Reference.com

External links

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