The Packers-Bears rivalry began in 1921 and has grown to be the league’s longest rivalry with 178 regular season and post season matches.
The Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears have won a combined 21 NFL Championships (including 4 Super Bowls) and have 48 members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In week 1 of the 2009 NFL season, the Packers defeated the Bears at Lambeau Field 21-15. With its win in the season opener, Green Bay narrowed Chicago’s lead in the series to a 81-90-6 advantage.
For the Packers, the late-season trip to Chicago is getting to be routine. Sunday marks the sixth consecutive year the Packers will play in Chicago in December or later. And though they’ve lost two consecutive games at Soldier Field, both in frigid conditions, the Packers have still won 12 of the last 16 meetings in the Windy City.
Sunday marks the final 2009 division game for the Packers; reeling off four consecutive victories, while Chicago has dropped six of its last eight games. The roles are nearly reversed from last December’s match-up, when Green Bay entered the game with slim playoff chances and hoped to knock its rival a step back in the playoff picture.
At 8-4, Green Bay and Philadelphia currently hold the top positions for Wild Card berths, while the Dallas Cowboys (8-4) and New York Giants (7-5) both could be in that position as the NFC East picture clears up. Dallas will step out of the division to take on the San Diego Chargers, while the Eagles and Giants meet on Sunday night in New York.
As a projected first-round draft pick in 2005, quarterback Aaron Rodgers felt that his ability to scramble, get out of the pocket, and pick up yardage running if needed was an overlooked part of his game — which nobody is overlooking anymore…
Rodgers not only leads all NFL quarterbacks in 2009 with 277 rushing yards, but he showed last Monday night against Baltimore just how dangerous he can be when given room to run. Rodgers’ 30 total rushing yards against the Ravens gave him four games this season with 30 or more, including a career-high 52 against Minnesota on Nov. 1. He has proven adept at running out of trouble as well as running the quarterback sneak, scoring a pivotal touchdown on a sneak against Dallas in Week 10 and gaining 5 yards on a third-and-1 sneak last Monday when he spun into an opening on the right side.
Just what week 14 holds in store for the Packers vs. Bears Rivalry may or may not be predictable, but I’m going with the Green Bay Packers!