Green Bay's 21-point comeback vs. Saints in 1989

Jay Sorgi

Sterling Sharpe (left). | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Green Bay's 21-point comeback vs. Saints in 1989

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Sep 8, 2011

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GREEN BAY - Nearly 22 years to the day at the same stadium hosting Thursday's NFL opener, the Green Bay Packers hosted New Orleans.

Green Bay produced a dramatic comeback that won a shootout in a portent of things to come in the "Majik" year of 1989. 

On September 17th, 1989, the talk before the Packers-Saints game was that Green Bay was wearing its white jerseys at home, but after the Saints put up 21 straight points to start the game, some thought the Packers might wave the white flag.

New Orleans opened up a two-score lead in the first quarter, with a scoring pass from Bobby Hebert to Lonzel Hill and a Dalton Hilliard three-yard touchdown run.

It became three scores, after Hoby Brenner caught another touchdown pass from Hebert.

Then, Don Majkowski's passing set up Brent Fullwood for the first of two scores on the day - a one-yard touchdown run - and one of the biggest comebacks in team history.

The second Fullwood score, a four-yarder near the start of the third quarter, cut the lead to 10, 24-14.

Next cameclutch red zone passing from Majkowski to Ed West.

Two of those scoring passes, three and 17 yards, sandwiched a 24-yard touchdown delivery from Heber to Hill that made the game a 31-28 Saints lead in a back-and-forth fourth quarter.

Morten Andersen then drilled a 32-yard field goal to expand the Saints' lead to 34-28.  Majkowski had to drive his team 80 yards in two minutes, 21 seconds.

During the drive, he committed a fumble before completing a 4th-and-17 play to Jeff Query, or at least the officials said so, though replays might have proven otherwise. 

Then, in scoring range, the comeback climaxed with a three-yard touchdown pass from Majkowski, who completed 18 straight passes, to Sharpe with 1:26 on the clock.

Chris Jacke drilled the extra point, the difference in a 35-34 win over the Saints, the first of four one-point wins for the 1989 Packers.