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NFL 2008 Week 11: Bears-Packers. Here we go again! For the 175th Time

This Sunday at Lambeau Field, the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will meet for the 175th time, the most regular-season games ever between two NFL franchises.

"There have been great rivalries in American sports," says Packers Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end WILLIE DAVIS, "but none has had the fire in the belly that the Packers and Bears has had. None has had as much emotion associated with it."

"This is a historical matchup because these are two of the first franchises in the NFL," says Bears tight end DESMOND CLARK. "It dates all the way back to GEORGE HALAS and CURLY LAMBEAU. And with these teams being so close geographically, the fans get involved and drive the rivalry even more. I don’t think there is a bigger rivalry in the NFL."

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The standard of excellence was set at the outset of the rivalry, as NFL pioneer Halas, the second-winningest coach (324 games) in NFL history, served as the first coach of the Bears while Lambeau, who is fourth on the all-time win list (229), guided the Packers. The rivalry between the teams was raised to another level in the 1960s when VINCE LOMBARDI, who owns the highest winning percentage (.750) in NFL history, led his Packers against Halas’ Bears.

The most games played in a series in NFL history:

  • Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers (174)

  • Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions (158)

  • Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers (156)

  • New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins (151)

  • New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles (147)

 

"By understanding the history of the NFL," says Chicago defensive end ALEX BROWN, "you find more appreciation for the Bears-Packers games and the relationship that Halas and Lombardi had. If you understand all of that, you have an appreciation for the rivalry."

Through the decades, the balance of power has shifted from BART STARR’s Packers to "Da Bears" of MIKE DITKA to BRETT FAVRE’s Green Bay teams. Chicago leads the all-time series 89-79-6 and has also won the only postseason meeting, the Western Division playoff in 1941.

"The rivalry is a big thing for both teams," says Packers cornerback AL HARRIS. "When we play the Bears, I try to step it up an extra notch."

Success has been the norm for both franchises. The teams rank first and second all-time in total victories (including postseason) and NFL championships.

  • Green Bay Packers (12)

  • Chicago Bears (9)

  • New York Giants (7)

  • Four Tied with 5

 

"We know it’s a division game," says Green Bay wide receiver DONALD DRIVER. "Those guys don’t like us and we don’t like them. The fans don’t like each other and it goes back and forth between Bears fans and Packers fans."

Chicago linebacker LANCE BRIGGS agrees with Driver on the impact of the rivalry. "These games mean a lot to the cities," says Briggs. "If you win, your city is happy. If you lose, your city is disappointed. I know it means a lot to our fans, so we try to not let them down."

"Halas would always greet us nicely when we were warming up, but if you were tackled on his sideline during the game, you would hear him yell something like 'Kill that son-of-a-gun!'" says Packers Hall of Fame running back TONY CANADEO.

However, the feud that began with Halas and Lambeau has always remained constant.

The players that have fought for the Bears and Packers have become some of the most renowned figures in NFL history. Perhaps nothing illustrates the excellence of the series more than the fact that the clubs rank first and second in most selections to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, where, incidentally, Halas was present at a Hupmobile automobile showroom when the NFL was founded. The Bears have 26 players in the Hall of Fame and the Packers 21.

 

Chicago Bears Team History & Accomplishments

ALL-TIME W-L

677-491-42

DIVISION TITLES

21:
1921, 1932-34, 1937, 1940-43, 1946, 1956, 1963, 1984-88, 1990, 2001, 2005-06

NFL TITLES

9:
1921, 1932-33, 1940-41, 1943,1946, 1963, 1985

Hall of Fame Players

26

HEAD-TO-HEAD

89-79-6

Green Bay Packers Team History & Accomplishments

ALL-TIME W-L

637-503-36

DIVISION TITLES

21:
1929-31, 1936, 1938-39, 1944, 1960-62, 1965-67, 1972, 1995-97, 2002-04, 2007

NFL TITLES

12:
1929-31, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961-62, 1965-67, 1996

Hall of Fame Players

21

HEAD-TO-HEAD

79-89-6

Chicago Bears Looking for 700th All-Time Win

Since their inception into the league in 1920, the CHICAGO BEARS have won 693 games (including postseason), more than any club in NFL history. The Green Bay Packers are in second with 662 victories (including postseason).

Five Winningest NFL Teams of All Time

TEAM

WINS

Chicago Bears

693

Green Bay Packers

662

New York Giants

626

Washington Redskins

552

Pittsburgh Steelers

536

 

Chicago Bears Great Moments in Franchise History

With seven more wins in 2008, the "Monsters of the Midway" can become the first club to reach the 700-win plateau. Here is a brief look at some of the great moments in franchise history and a list of the team’s milestone wins:

NFL Championship – December 17, 1933

    The Bears defeated the New York Giants 23-21 using a trick play to win the first official NFL Championship Game at Wrigley Field. With the ball at the Giants’ 33 and time running out in the fourth quarter, Bears FB BRONKO NAGURSKI ran on a sweep, then pulled up and threw a pass to WR BILL HEWITT at the Giants’ 19. Hewitt lateraled to WR BILL KARR, who went the rest of the way for the deciding score.

NFL Championship – December 8, 1940

    The Bears defeated the Washington Redskins 73-0 on the road, posting the biggest margin of victory in NFL history. Ten different Bears scored touchdowns as Chicago amassed 519 yards of offense and the defense registered eight interceptions.

NFL Championship – December 21, 1941

    The Bears used a big second half to win their second consecutive NFL title in a 37-9 victory over the Giants in Chicago. After New York tied the game early in the third quarter, the Bears’ offense marched 71, 66 and 54 yards for touchdowns.

NFL Championship – December 15, 1946

    The Bears defeated the Giants 24-14 in New York using another fourth quarter trick play to earn their third NFL Championship versus New York. With the game tied at 14 and the Bears driving deep into Giants’ territory, QB SID LUCKMAN faked a handoff then drifted right while the Giants’ defense followed the Bears’ offensive line to the left. Luckman ran down the open right side, broke a tackle at the 10, and scored the decisive touchdown.

NFL Championship – December 29, 1963

    The Bears’ defense shut down the Giants’ offense and set up both Chicago touchdowns in a 14-10 victory at home. QB BILL WADE scored two TD runs (2, 1). One came off a 61-yard interception return by LB LARRY MORRIS and the other was set up by an interception by DE ED O’BRADOVICH.

Super Bowl XX – January 26, 1986

    Seeking their first NFL title since 1963, the Bears scored a then-Super Bowl record 46 points and limited the Patriots to a record-low seven rushing yards. Chicago DE RICHARD DENT became the fourth defensive player to win the game’s most valuable player award after registering 1.5 sacks.

NFC Championship – January 21, 2007

    Playing in their first NFC Championship since 1988, the Bears defeated the New Orleans Saints 39-14 at Soldier Field. Chicago’s defense limited the Saints to 56 yards rushing and forced four turnovers. Bears RB THOMAS JONES ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

 

Chicago Bears Milestones (Wins)

NUMBER

DATE

OPPONENT & RESULT

1

10/3/20

20-0 vs. Moline Tractors

100

11/26/31

18-7 vs. Chicago Cardinals

200

10/10/43

20-0 vs. Chicago Cardinals

300

10/20/57

34-26 vs. L.A. Rams

400

10/15/72

17-0 at Cleveland

500

9/28/86

44-7 at Cincinnati

600

11/23/97

13-7 vs. Tampa Bay

 

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