The two most storied NFL franchises. The Black-and-Blue Division. Coaches like Vince Lombardi and George Halas. The venues: Lambeau Field and Soldier Field. Players like Ditka, Farve, Nitschke, Sayers, Starr, and Payton. Fan bases who love their teams. Winning histories. Championships.
NFL’s Best Rivalry: Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
The best rivalry in the NFL takes place when the Green Bay Packers play the Chicago Bears.
Why is the rivalry so intense?
- Winning traditions: Between the 2 teams, they possess 22 NFL Championships. There’s a reason they call Green Bay “Titletown” and Chicago is #2 on the all-time list. The 1962 Packers and the 1985 Bears are amongst the most dominant teams that ever played. Check out Vince Lombardi quotes.
- The competitive level of games: Both of these teams consistently field strong teams and their games bring out the best. With both teams in the same conference, frequently the games have a real impact on the success of the season.
- The number of games: There have been 189 games between the two teams – the most in NFL history. Usually, the two teams play each other twice a season.
- History: The rivalry began in 1921 with many memorable games played since. The Bears hold a slight edge: 93-90, with 6 ties. However, the Packers have won 10 of the last 12 match-ups.
Players and Geography
- Players make games: 48 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame come from the Packers and the Bears.
- Geography: The proximity of Wisconsin and Illinois means that fans of both teams encounter each other on a regular basis. It’s about a 4-hour drive from Lambeau Field to Soldier Field.
- Big city vs. small town: Chicago is the high rise city of the Midwest. Green Bay is the smallest town to field a team in the NFL. The contrast between the two home cities is one of the most pronounced in the league.
- Big wins and heartbreaking losses: From Chester Marco running in a blocked field goal for a deciding score to the Bears winning a defensive struggle: 2 – 0.
- Both Green Bay and Chicago are football towns: There’s no denying that both fan bases love their football and love their teams.
In the latest encounter today, Aaron Rodgers threw for 4 TD’s to lead the Packers to a 38 – 17 win over the Packers on September 28, 2014.
— Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the founder and editor of Sports Feel Good Stories.
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