Green Bay Packers (1-0) 12, Chicago Bears (0-1) 6 (OT)
Sunday September 7th 1980 (at Green Bay)
This is surely one of the most memorable plays in NFL history.

In the opening game of the 1980 season, the Packers and the Bears were tied 6-6 in overtime.

A 32-yard pass from Lynn Dickey to James Lofton helped set up a game-winning field goal attempt by Packers’ kicker Chester Marcol. The Bears’ Alan Page managed to break through and block the field goal attempt, with the football caroming off his helmet.

While it wasn’t immediately clear to the players what had happened, Marcol grabbed the rebound off Page’s helmet and ran around the pile for a touchdown and the win. The Packers fell down laughing at the sight of Marcol running with the ball, while the Bears cried in disbelief. Marcol was cut five games later by the Packers, ending his nine-year career with the team.

(SOURCE: Packer Hall of Fame)
(GREEN BAY) - A white towel draped around his middle, Chester Marcol seemed unusually tense as he squinted into the television lights and attempted to answer questions in the chaotic Green Bay Packer lockerroom. Although this was hardly a new role for him - he was twice the league scoring champion - there was no mistaking the nervousness in his voice as he described the final moments in the Packers' stunning 12-6 overtime victory over the Chicago Bears. "It's going to make believers out of people,."' he said. "I saw the exact same thing happen in 1972 (the year of the Pack's last Division title). We had a lot of young people. We didn't do well in the preseason. We won a couple big games and from then on, we believed." Still, chances are not everyone in the crowd of 54,381 at Lambeau Field believed it. For if anyone on the Packers was going to beat the Bears with a 25-yard run, Marcol was the most unlikely candidate. But with nine minutes left in overtime, he did just that. His 35-yard field goal attempt bounced off tackle Alan Page and back into his arms. And as most of the Bears lay on the ground in disbelief, the nine-year veteran lumbered around left end and raced untouched into the end zone. "They came in as hard as I've seen anvbody," said Marcol, who almost quit football after injuring his kicking leg last November. "But the ball bounced right back in my hands, there was nobody outside. I caught it and I ran. That's all I can say. It was clear sailing." Packer Coach Bart Starr, under fire after the Packers failed to win a game during the exhibition season, said his heart almost stopped when the kick was slapped back into Marcol's arms. Meanwhile, Packer C Larry McCarren played the entire game despite undergoing hernia surgery 3 1/2 weeks earlier.
CHICAGO   -  3  0  3  0  0 -  6
GREEN BAY -  0  6  0  0  6 - 12
                         CHICAGO     GREEN BAY
First downs                   18            12
Rush-yards-TDs          43-101-0      30-114-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 17-30-174-0-3 10-22-138-0-1
Sacked-yards                 1-7          4-38
Net pass yards               167           100
Total yards                  268           214
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           0-0
Turnovers                      4             1
Penalties-yards             8-64          9-75
SCORING
1st - CHI - Bob Thomas, 42-yard field goal CHICAGO 3-0
2nd - GB - Marcol, 41-yard field goal TIED 3-3
2nd - GB - Marcol, 46-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-3
3rd - CHI - Thomas, 34-yard field goal TIED 6-6
OT - GB - Marcol, 25-yard return of a blocked field goal GREEN BAY 12-6
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lee Ivery 15-73, Terdell Middleton 7-16, Aundra Thompson 1-16, Steve Atkins 6-9, Lynn Dickey 1-0
CHICAGO - Walter Payton 31-65, Dave Williams 7-19, John Skibinski 5-17
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 22-10-138 1 INT
CHICAGO - Mike Phipps 30-17-174 3 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - James Lofton 5-77, Paul Coffman 3-32, Aundra Thompson 1-21, Terdell Middleton 1-8
CHICAGO - James Scott 5-59, Brian Baschnagel 5-58, Walter Payton 4-38, Mike Cobb 2-16, John Skibinski 1-3