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
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The 1989 Green Bay Packers season was their 69th in the National Football League. The Packers posted a 10–6 record, their best since 1972, but failed to make the playoffs. The team was often referred to as the "Cardiac Pack" due to several close-game wins. The team was coached by Lindy Infante and led by quarterback Don Majkowski, who attained his nickname "The Majik Man."

Offseason[edit | edit source]

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 St 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 St 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

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Staff[edit | edit source]

1989 Green Bay Packers final staff
Front Office
  • President/Chief Executive Officer – Bob Harlan
  • Executive Vice President of Football Operations – Tom Braatz

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Backs – Willie Peete
  • Wide Receivers – Wayne "Buddy" Geis
  • Tight Ends – Virgil Knight
  • Offensive Line – Charlie Davis
  • Offensive Assistant – Joe Clark
  Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – Howard Tippett

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Virgil Knight


Regular season[edit | edit source]

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. It was also the first club to record 4 1-point victories in a season. The club was 6-2 at home and 4-4 on the road.[3] 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.[4]

The Herschel Walker trade and the Packers[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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 less than a minute 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.[5] The game was broadcast on CBS with Dick Stockton and Dan Fouts on the call.

The last team to beat San Francisco[edit | edit source]

On November 19, 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. Although regarded at the time as a fluke, Green Bay would proceed to win 13 of the next 15 contests with San Francisco over the next 21 seasons.[6]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

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

Standings[edit | edit source]

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

Roster[edit | edit source]

Green Bay Packers roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Rookies in italics

Season statistical leaders[edit | edit source]

Awards and records[edit | edit source]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Hall of Fame Inductions[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ESPN 25 Biggest Sports Flops
  2. All Time Coaches Database. Packers.com. Retrieved on February 22, 2011.
  3. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 266
  4. 1989 League Leaders - NFL from Pro-Football-Reference
  5. "Majik" Act Still A Big Hit With Packers Fans from 10/05/2004
  6. See 1989 San Francisco 49ers
  7. 1989 Green Bay Packers Stats obtained 12/03/2006
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 1989 NFL Pro Bowlers - Pro-Football-Reference.com

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