Coach Bart Starr watches his team lose 23-21 in the closing seconds of the game. Starr said it was the most discouraging defeat he'd ever experienced.

Game time: Sunday, Dec. 18, 1983, 1 p.m.

Stadium: Soldier Field, Chicago

Weather: 1 degrees, wind 13 mph, wind chill -17

Score: Chicago Bears 23, Green Bay Packers 21

Coach: Bart Starr

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Season record: 8-8-0, 2nd NFC Central Division

Game notes: The lead changed four times as the rivals went back and forth, but the Bears came out on top with a 22-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to win. ... Packers quarterback Lynn Dickey went 10-30-262, throwing two touchdowns and running for a third. But he was intercepted four times and sacked four times. ... As usual, the Sweetness Walter Payton ran all over the Packers defense, racking up 148 yards on 30 rush attempts plus another 26 yards on three receptions. ... Secondary Bears running back Matt Suhey also had a big day, rushing for 71 yards on 12 attempts and adding 22 yards on three receptions. ... The Packers three running backs Jessi Clark, Harlan Huckleby and Mike Meade were mostly ineffective, putting together just 115 rushing yards combined.


Packers' defensive players Mark Lee (22) and Mike Douglass (53) attempt to recover a fumble by Bears running back Walter Payton (on ground) in the first quarter. Officials ruled no fumble since Payton was already down when he lost the ball.