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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
1921, 1932-34, 1937, 1940-43, 1946, 1956, 1963, 1984-88, 1990, 2001, 2005-06
1921, 1932-33, 1940-41, 1943,1946, 1963, 1985
Hall of Fame Players
Green Bay Packers Team History & Accomplishments
1929-31, 1936, 1938-39, 1944, 1960-62, 1965-67, 1972, 1995-97, 2002-04, 2007
1929-31, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961-62, 1965-67, 1996
Hall of Fame Players
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
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
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
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)
OPPONENT & RESULT
20-0 vs. Moline Tractors
18-7 vs. Chicago Cardinals
20-0 vs. Chicago Cardinals
34-26 vs. L.A. Rams
17-0 at Cleveland
44-7 at Cincinnati
13-7 vs. Tampa Bay
Super Bowl I
Green Bay Packers 35 Kansas City Chiefs 10
Super Bowl II
Green Bay Packers 33 Oakland Raiders 14
Super Bowl XX
Chicago Bears 46 New England Patriots 10
Super Bowl XXXI
Green Bay Packers 35 New England Patriots 21
Super Bowl XXXII
Denver Broncos 31 Green Bay Packers 24
Super Bowl XLI
Colts 29 Bears 17