This Sunday the Packers are playing the Bears, another fixture in their storied rivalry. Their first game was played in 1921 with the Bears winning 20-0 against the Packers, with 195 games played combined over the regular season and in the postseason. This weekend looks to be one of the least exciting games in memory. The Packers are 4-4, this is because the Packers are so frail on offence. They lost star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers who broke his collarbone in week 6, he is out for the season. His backup Brett Hunley has played in three games now, in each of them he’s been terrible, to put it bluntly. He has been holding onto the ball for far too long, taking sacks and has no chemistry with any of his receivers. As well as this their defence is ranked 25th yards per game with 357.4 yards, whilst giving up on average 24 points per game. So there is little to nothing to hang your hat on with this team so they will bad to watch in this game. On the other hand, the Bears are 3-5. John Fox this season as he has done throughout his career as a head coach with an exception to the 2003 Panthers, is playing football from the 1970’s. He has an almost prohibition on passing the ball, all this team does is run the ball and they do it very well. Jordan Howard, now in his second year has 662 yards and 4 touchdowns, he is one of the best in the league. He will be the only exciting offensive player on the field come Sunday, as Fox simply refuses to let 2nd overall pick Mitchell Trubisky throw the ball, he has only 38 completions to his name… With all of these factors in place, I will be steering away from this game come Sunday as it doesn’t seem all that exciting. SO on the other hand here are some of the most famous game in Packers vs Bears history:
1985 Regular Season Chicago Bears 23-7 Green Bay Packers.
This was the first game that introduced the world to William “The Refridgerator” Perry. William Perry in 1985 was a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears as a defensive tackle from Clemson. He was hand-picked by Mike Ditka the Head Coach adding to the feud between him and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan who said Perry was a “wasted pick”. Perry then was used specifically be Ditka in goal-line situations as well as running the ball. In this game against the Packers on Monday Night Football at Soldier Field, Perry was blocking for Hall of Famer Walter Payton for 1 yard and 2-yard touchdown runs. As the Bears had their way with the Lynn Dickey lead Packers who had no match for Chicago’s famous and record-setting defence. Who held them to just 96 rushing yards and recorded 4 interceptions against them. As this game progressed into the second quarter, famously hard-nosed Ditka decided to taunt the Packers by having Perry run the ball in place of Payton. Perry succeeded, scoring a touchdown. He was the heaviest player to score a touchdown in NFL history being listed at 335lbs until Dontai Poe a defensive tackle scored for the Kansas City Chiefs, he’s listed at 346lbs.
2011 NFC Championship Green Bay Packers 21-14 Chicago Bears
This was the first meeting of these teams in the postseason since 1941 when the Bears won 33-14. This game was a clash of defences as the Packers were ranked 5th Bears were ranked 9th in total yards allowed that season. In the game, the Green Bay defence knocked quarterback Jay Cutler out of the game who sustained a sprained MCL which meant that Todd Collins came in to replace him, but after the offence stalling under his control. With this happening head coach, Lovie Smith turned to his third choice quarterback, Caleb Haine who entered the game and lead the Bears on two touchdown drives but had a costly interception. This was a game that was controlled by the Packers who scored in the first, second and fourth quarter. Aaron Rodgers had a great game rushing the ball rather than throwing, he scored on a wonderful 1-yard run and hit receiver Greg Jennings all game long who had 8 catches for 130 yards. The win here for the Packers sent them to Dallas for Super Bowl XLV and when they beat Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 becoming the first 6th seed in NFL history to win the Super Bowl. Since this game, the Bears have not been back to the playoffs since losing this game. This game strangely was almost a microcosm of their seasons coming after it. As their quarterbacks got injured, their defence gave up 113 yards on the ground and in the end, they lost. This was a great game and one for the sheer madness of a third-string quarterback almost winning in his first start to take his team to the Super Bowl but threw an interception to a 337 lbs defensive tackle who sealed the game, sending his team to the Super Bowl.