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The Epic Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers History: Unveiling the Past

Discover the captivating history of the Bears vs. Packers rivalry, filled with legendary moments, fierce competition, and unforgettable showdowns.

Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers All-Time Record, Stats, and Historic Moments

One of the NFL’s biggest rivalries is the one between a pair of NFC North foes, the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. It’s a rivalry that goes back to the early days of the NFL and has featured some memorable moments throughout the decades. This article will provide a guide to understanding this rivalry, from the biggest games to information on how to watch when these foes meet in the future.

Bears vs. Packers Rivalry

The Bears and Packers are two of the NFL’s most historic franchises and are the NFL’s two winningest franchises. They’ve combined to send 67 members to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and have won 22 championships, though only five have been in the Super Bowl era.

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The Packers have the most wins in NFL history, surpassing the Bears during a 2022 Bears/Packers regular season game. That these two long-time rivals could trade the lead in that category in a game against each other over 100 years into their rivalry is a testament to just how much this rivalry matters to the history of the NFL.

The rivalry has featured some of the greatest names in NFL history. From George Halas, Walter Payton and Gale Sayers on the Bears side to Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr and Aaron Rodgers on the Packers side, so many of the league’s greats have met on the gridiron when these teams faced.

Bears vs. Packers Win-Loss History

Entering the 2022 season, the Packers have won 790 games overall, while the Bears have won 786 games.

PackersBears
All-Time Record790-590-38786-624-42
Head To Head Record105-95-695-105-6
Postseason H2H Record1-11-1
Longest Win Streak108
NFL Titles139
Playoff Appearances3328
Super Bowl Appearances52

Bears vs. Packers Historic Moments by Decade

To really understand the historic Bears vs. Packers rivalry, we need to look through the long history of the team’s matchups. Let’s look at some of the biggest moments between these teams by decades.

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1920s

The Bears and Packers met for the first time in the regular season in November 1921, when the Bears were still known as the Chicago Staleys. The Staleys won that first contest 20-0, with Gaylord “Pete” Stinchcomb’s 45-yard touchdown run marking the first touchdown in the long-standing rivalry.

In 1924, the Bears 3-0 win over the Packers was responsible for the NFL’s first ejection for fighting, as the Bears’ Frank Hanny and the Packers’ Tillie Voss were ejected after throwing punches.

1930s

The 1930s began with a 7-0 Packers win over the Bears. That win was the fifth consecutive shutout win for the Packers in the series, the longest streak in the history of the rivalry.

In 1935, the Packers beat the Bears 7-0 in a game that featured the first career reception by future Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Hutson, who went for 83 yards and a touchdown on the pass from Arnie Herber.

In 1936, tensions rose during a 30-3 Bears win when a Packers fan ran out onto the field and punched Bears lineman Ted Rosequist. Rosequist had to be removed from the game after he was knocked out from the punch.

1940s

1941 featured some entertaining games between the teams. In November, the undefeated Bears suffered their first loss of the season against Green Bay, losing 16-14. It was the only loss of the season for the Bears.

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The teams then met in December in the first playoff meeting of the two sides, where the Bears were able to avenge their loss earlier in the season, defeating Green Bay 33-14. The Bears went on to defeat the New York Giants to win their fourth NFL title. The Bears would win two more titles during the decade, while the Packers would win one.

1950s

In 1955, the teams played the highest-scoring game of the rivalry, with the Bears winning 52-31 at Soldier Field. Chicago led 45-3 at one point, but Green Bay made a comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, scoring 28 points in that final quarter.

In 1957, the Packers played host to the Bears in the first game played at Lambeau Field, then known as New City Stadium. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-17, with a six-yard touchdown pass from Babe Parilli to Gary Knafelc in the fourth quarter putting Green Bay ahead.

In 1959, Vince Lombardi made his coaching debut for the Packers in a 9-6 win over the Bears. The Packers trailed 6-0, but a five-yard Jim Taylor touchdown run put the Packers up. They’d go on to win, giving Lombardi his first NFL victory.

1960s

In 1961, the Packers withstood a strong comeback attempt by the Bears. Leading 31-7, the Bears scored three touchdowns to make it 31-28, but Green Bay was able to hold on.

In 1962, the Packers had their largest margin of victory in the rivalry, knocking off the Bears 49-0. The game was one of two 49-0 wins that season for Green Bay, with those games setting a team record for points scored in a shutout win. The Packers beat the Bears 38-7 later in the season.

In 1963, the Bears got revenge after the rough 1962 series, defeating the Packers 26-7 in a game played at Wrigley Field. They swept the Packers that season, which happened to be the only two games that Green Bay lost that year.

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In 1964, the teams played a game known as the “Free Kick Game,” as the Packers used the NFL’s fair catch kick rule to attempt a 52-year field goal at the end of the first half. Green Bay won 23-12.

In 1968, the Bears had their own free kick game, with a Mac Percival free kick with 26 seconds left in the game providing the winning margin in Chicago’s 13-10 victory.

1970s

In the 1970s, the Bears won the series 11-9, shaking off the Packers strong 1960s campaign.

In 1974, the Packers beat the Bears 10-9 in a game played in Milwaukee. While the Packers played home games at Milwaukee County Stadium for decades, the 1974 game was the only game in the rivalry to be played there.

1980s

In 1980, the Packers attempted a game-winning field goal in overtime with Chester Marcol. The kick was blocked, but it ended up back in Marcol’s hands, and he carried it across the goal line to give Green Bay the 12-6 win.

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Later that year, the teams played a much different game, with the Bears winning 61-7. Bart Starr, then the Packers head coach, confronted the Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan about Chicago continuing to blitz despite a blowout score in the fourth quarter.

In 1985, defensive lineman William Perry, also known as The Refrigerator, was put in at fullback during the October game between the teams, clearing out space for two Walter Payton touchdown runs. Perry also scored a touchdown of his own in the second quarter.

In the second meeting that year, things got tense. The Packers placed horse manure in the Bears locker room and there were multiple on-field incidents, including Packers cornerback Mark Lee getting ejected in Chicago’s 16-10 win.

In 1986, Packers defensive tackle Charles Martin made waves by wearing a towel with a “hit list” on it. He made good on that list by body-slamming Bears quarterback Jim McMahon after the whistle, which led to a shoulder injury that ended McMahon’s season. Martin was suspended for two games.

1990s

In 1994, the Packers defeated the Bears 33-6, with Packers quarterback Brett Favre rushing for 58 yards, a career-high. That includes a 36-yard touchdown. That win began a 10-game winning streak for the Packers in the series.

In 1995, the Packers swept the Bears, with Brett Favre throwing a record-tying 99-yard touchdown to Robert Brooks in the first game. In the second game, Favre played despite a sprained ankle and threw five touchdown passes.

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In 1997, the Bears took an early 10-0 lead, but the Packers came back to win 24-23. The lead changed hands multiple times during the game, and the Bears had a chance to tie the game late, but instead went for two in an attempt to get the win. The Erik Kramer two-point pass attempt fell incomplete.

In 1999, the Bears ended the Packers winning streak, defeating the Bears 14-13 thanks to a blocked field goal. Brett Favre broke the record for most consecutive starts by a quarterback in the loss.

2000s

In 2002, the Packers/Bears rivalry game was played in Champaign, Illinois at Memorial Stadium. The Packers won 34-21, with Favre throwing an 85-yard touchdown to Donald Driver in the victory.

In 2006, the Bears shut the Packers out 26-0. It was the first time Favre had been shut out. This game also featured Bears returner Devin Hester’s first career punt return touchdown.

In 2008, the teams played the coldest game in Bears history, with a kickoff temperature of just 2 degrees. The Bears won 20-17 in the Monday night contest, coming back from a 14-3 halftime deficit to win in overtime on a Robbie Gould field goal.

2010s

In 2010, the Bears beat the Packers 20-17 in Chicago, winning on a late Gould field goal. It would be the last home win for the Bears until 2018.

In 2011, the Packers faced a must-win game if they wanted to make the playoffs. The Bears had a bye locked up, but played their starters anyway, attempting to knock the Packers out of the playoffs. Green Bay won 10-3, with an Aaron Rodgers to Donald Lee touchdown in the fourth quarter proving to be the difference.

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Later that month, the teams met in the NFC Championship Game, the second playoff meeting between the sides. Green Bay won 21-14, with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler getting knocked out of the game in the second quarter due to injury. His replacement, Caleb Hanie, threw a pick-six, which proved to be the difference in the game.

In 2013, a 33-28 win by the Packers cost the Bears a playoff spot and handed the Packers their third consecutive NFC North title.

In 2014, the Packers scored 55 points in a 55-14 win over the Bears. Aaron Rodger threw six touchdowns in the first half, tying an NFL record. It was the most lopsided Packers win in the series since 1962.

In 2015, the Bears ruined Brett Favre’s jersey retirement ceremony, winning 17-13 at Lambeau Field. The Bears defense held the Packers scoreless in the second half to get the win.

In 2018, the Packers defeated the Bears 24-23, overcoming a 20-3 deficit at the end of the third quarter. The 17-point fourth-quarter comeback was the largest in franchise history.

2020s

In 2022, the two sides entered this rivalry game tied for the most wins in NFL history, with 786 apiece. The Packers defeated the Bears 28-19, taking the record away from the Bears, who had held it since 1921. This was also Aaron Rodgers’ final start against the Bears as Packers quarterback.

What will the rest of the 2020s look like for this historic rivalry? Tune in and find out.

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How to Watch Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers

Want to watch the Bears and Packers in 2023? The best way to watch the 2023-24 NFL season is with a subscription to Fubo, which will allow you to watch regional Sunday coverage on CBS and FOX as well as nationally broadcast games on ABC, ESPN, NBC and NFL Network.

For 2023, that means fans can catch the Bears hosting the Packers in Week 1 at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX. The teams also play in Week 18, but information about the start time and broadcast for that game has not been released.

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FAQs

When did the Bears last beat the Packers at Lambeau Field?

The last time the Bears defeated the Packers at Lambeau Field was in 2015, when Chicago took down Green Bay by a 17-13 final score.

How many times have the Bears beat the Packers in the last 10 years?

The Packers have controlled the series against the Bears over the past decade. In the last 20 meetings dating back to 2013, the Bears have won just three times.

When was the last time the Bears beat the Packers?

The Bears last defeated the Packers in a 2018 game at Solider Field.

Justin Carter
Justin Carter
Justin Carter is an editor and writer for Fubo.

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