On December 9, 1984, Walter Payton took over as Chicago Bears quarterback for six plays in a 20-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
The winner of the game, the Packers, went on to have home field advantage in the Central Division Championship game.
Head Coach Mike Ditka was running short on choices for the quarterback position due to injuries in previous weeks. He did not intend on making the change permanent but wanted to try something different. He also wanted to provide the crowd with some excitement.
Payton started off by rushing for a 10 yard gain, getting a first down. He rushed two yards before going out of bounds in his second play. When he tried to start a passing game, the ball was nearly picked off.
When Payton tried to throw the ball deep, it was intercepted by Green Bay defensive back Tom Flynn. The grab was made with ease as there were no Bears in the area to defend the ball.
The Packers held a 7-0 lead at the end of the first half.
Gary Fencik gave Payton another chance after intercepting the ball off a throw by Rich Campbell.
Payton threw the ball to Matt Suhey in the end zone for a touchdown to tie the game in the third quarter.
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Payton rushed for seven yards in the fourth quarter to give the Bears their second and final touchdown of the game. Chicago took a 14-13 lead.
There were 35 seconds left on the clock when Green Bay crossed into the end zone, with a 40 yard pass, finalizing the score.
Rusty Lisch took over for Payton. Despite his efforts, the crunch for time was his worst enemy. He overthrew the end zone in the final play, forcing the Bears to travel to Green Bay for their next game.
Here are the last two minutes of the game
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