The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears have been playing each other in the NFL since 1921. The Bears hold 92-90-6 edge in the regular season while the teams are 1-1 in the postseason.
The Packers can even up the series in the 2015 season if they can sweep the two games versus the Monsters of the Midway.
It’s been a long, long time since the Packers were ahead in this series. It’s been 83 years as a matter of fact. The Packers held a 11-10-4 edge after the 1932 season.
The Bears swept the Packers in 1933 by winning three games and the Packers have been trying to catch the Bears ever since.
The Packers have been able to narrow the margin with the Bears thanks to the play of Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. In the 23 years that those two quarterbacks have played against the Bears, the two have combined to have a 33-13 record versus Chicago.
The Packers have won 11 NFC Central/North titles in that time, plus have won two Super Bowls, while da Bears have won four NFC Central/North titles.
Favre was 22-10 versus the Bears in his career in Green Bay, while Rodgers has been even better than that. No. 12 is 11-3 against Chicago (plus 1-0 in the NFC title game).
In 14 regular season games, Rodgers has thrown 31 touchdown passes versus just eight picks for 3,448 yards. That adds up to a 109.8 passer rating.
Another quarterback for the Packers has also done very well against the Bears. That would be Bart Starr, who was 15-5 against Chicago.
“We were playing the Chicago Bears,” Kramer said. “Bill George was their middle linebacker at the time. On a deep pass attempt, George thought he would try to intimidate Bart.
“Bill took about a five-yard run and he gave Bart a forearm right in the mouth. George timed it perfectly and put Bart right on his behind. He also cut Bart badly, from his lip all the way to his nose. After that, George said, ‘That ought to take care of you Starr, you pu**y.’ Bart snapped right back at George and said, ‘F— you, Bill George, we’re coming after you.’
“My jaw dropped after that exchange, as I was shocked. Meanwhile Bart was bleeding profusely. I told Bart that he better go to the sideline and get sewn up. Bart replied, ‘Shut up and get in the huddle.’
“Bart took us down the field in seven or eight plays and we scored. That series of plays really solidified Bart as our leader and we never looked back.”
Starr and the Packers won five NFL titles in seven years under Lombardi, which included the first two Super Bowls.
The Bears did win the 1963 NFL title, however. Chicago was 11-1-2 that season, while the Packers were 11-2-1. Starr only played against the Bears once that year due to a broken hand. That injury cost No. 15 four games that season.
Would Starr have been the difference in the second game in 1963, a 26-7 loss at Wrigley Field? We will never know.
Another reason that the Packers have come so close to evening the series with the Bears is their domination at Soldier Field in Chicago recently.
That storied site is where the Packers and Bears will open the 2015 season this upcoming Sunday.
Since 1992, the Packers have won 17 of 22 regular season games at Soldier Field. The Pack also won the 2010 NFC Championship Game there.
If the Packers can beat the Bears this upcoming Sunday, it will mean the Packers can even up the series on Thanksgiving night when the Bears come to Lambeau Field.
That is the night in which Favre will have his retired No. 4 formally unveiled on the facade at the legendary stadium.
It will be quite the atmosphere that evening. It will be the first time the Packers have hosted a Thanksgiving game since 1923, when the Hammond Pros came to Bellevue Park in Green Bay.
Plus, there will be the ceremony honoring Favre.
Rodgers will also be playing in the game.
And Starr is determined to be there as well, as he continues to battle through some severe medical issues. About a year ago, Starr suffered a heart attack, two strokes and four seizures.
Ian O’Connor of ESPN recently wrote a heartwarming story about Starr and the nice progress he has been making with his health.
Yes, Thanksgiving night in Green Bay will be special for many reasons.
One of them might be the Packers evening up the series with the Bears for the first time since 1933.