The Packers and the Bears have played in the same division since 1933, and the two teams have developed a long-standing rivalry. Due to meet in week 17 of the 2020 season, now seemed like a good time to look back at the history of the matchup, and the most memorable moments between the two sides from the last decade.
The history of this rivalry stretches all the way back to 1921. Green Bay has played 201 games against Chicago, with the Packers winning 105 of those games, and the Bears winning 95. Recent history also favors the Packers, with them winning their last three matchups against their rivals from Chicago. This sets Green Bay in good stead for the upcoming matchup in week 17 of the 2020 NFL season, and is likely to make them a favorite with the bookies. If you want to look at odds regarding the game, you can go to bonusfinder, which lists bookies that also offer additional bonuses.
So, will the upcoming matchup between these two rivals be able to match the drama of previous games? Let’s refresh our memories on the history between the two in readiness for week 17.
January 23, 2011: Packers 21 Bears 14
Remarkably, the 2010 NFC Championship game between the Packers and the Bears, was the first meeting in the play-offs between the two sides since 1941. The game started well for Green Bay, and they were 14-0 up by half time. The game would get tenser in the final quarter, however, as the Bears made it a one-score game. With the score at 21-14, Green Bay was holding on as the Bears had the ball with 2:53 left on the clock. Despite this, the Packers’ defense held strong and was able to end all hope for the Bears when cornerback Sam Shields made his second interception of the game, allowing Green Bay to hold on for the win.
November 6, 2014: Packers 55 Bears 14
In week 10 of the 2014 season, the Packers demolished the Bears in what would turn out to be the highest-scoring game between the two sides since 1945. The Packers ended up winning the game 55-14, after being up an incredible 42-0 at half time – the second-largest half time lead of all time in the NFL. The Packers’ victory was their biggest win over the Bears since 1962. It was a night to remember for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who threw six touchdown passes in a major contribution towards the scoreline. What made matters worse for the Bears, was the fact it was the second consecutive game that they had conceded over 50 points.
September 9, 2018: Packers 24 Bears 23
An opening first week matchup between the Packers and the Bears is always bound to be entertaining. That’s exactly what happened in the opening week of the 2018 season – with Green Bay edging out their rivals from Chicago by a narrow margin of 24-23. The match is remembered for the thrilling comeback pulled off by the Packers, which showcased Aaron Rodgers in his finest form. The Bears went into the final quarter leading the game 20-3. However, Rodgers went on to pull off three touchdown passes, which gave Green Bay the lead, and they were able to hold on to claim victory. The 17 point fourth-quarter comeback is the Packers’ biggest in franchise history to date.
Will the next meeting between these two sides be another iconic game? History suggests it might be, however, Green Bay fans will settle for a victory, regardless of how the game plays out.