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The Bears and Packers played their first game on November 27, 1921—a game that ended in a 20-0 Chicago victory. Since then, they have played the most games against each other of any pairing in the league, meeting 182 times including two postseason matchups.
While the Bears and Packers might be the most fierce rivalry in football, it is not the oldest.
That designation goes to the Bears and Cardinals, who happen to be the only two teams left from the original founding members of the league.
They played their first game on November 28, 1920, which the then-Decatur Staleys lost to the then-Chicago Cardinals 7-6.
I don't know if the media purposely ignores this because the Bears-Packers rivalry carries so much more heat, but the Bears-Cardinals cross-town rivalry was as spirited as they came in the league's early years.
I've long suspected that this misconception has more to do with media love for the Packers than anything else. This isn't the only historic misinformation the media perpetuates about the Pack.
For example, despite what Chris Chase of Yahoo Sports or any other media type would have you believe, the Packers are not the oldest continuous franchise in the league.
That title also belongs to the Cardinals, who were founded as the Morgan Athletic Club in 1898, 21 years before the Packers were founded. They were disbanded twice due to lack of competition in 1906, the first World War and the Spanish Flu Pandemic in 1918, but were reformed permanently later in 1918 and have played every season. That makes the Cardinals the oldest continuous football franchise. Sorry, Green Bay.
Whatever the reason for the misconception, the Bears-Packers rivalry is not the oldest in the NFL—just the best.
We've now cleared the air on seven of the more common misconceptions surrounding the Bears, it's time for your voice to be heard.
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