NFL 2008 Week 11: Bears & Packers Square Off For Historic 175th Time
This Sunday at Lambeau Field, the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers meet for the 175th time, the most regular season games ever played between two NFL teams.
"There have been great rivalries in American sports," says Packers Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end WILLIE DAVIS, "but none has had the fire in the belly that the Packers and Bears has had. None has had as much emotion associated with it."
"This is a historical matchup because these are two of the first franchises in the NFL," says Bears tight end DESMOND CLARK. "It dates all the way back to GEORGE HALAS and CURLY LAMBEAU. And with these teams being so close geographically, the fans get involved and drive the rivalry even more. I don’t think there is a bigger rivalry in the NFL."
The standard of excellence was set at the outset of the rivalry, as NFL pioneer Halas, the second-winningest coach (324 games) in NFL history, served as the first coach of the Bears while Lambeau, who is fourth on the all-time win list (229), guided the Packers. The rivalry between the teams was raised to another level in the 1960s when VINCE LOMBARDI, who owns the highest winning percentage (.750) in NFL history, led his Packers against Halas’ Bears.
Through the decades, the balance of power has shifted from Bart Starr's Packers to "Da Bears" of Mike Ditka to Brett Favre’s Green Bay teams. Chicago leads the all-time series 89-79-6 and has also won the only postseason meeting, the Western Division playoff game in 1941.
The rivalry is a big thing for both teams. Success has been the norm for both. The Bears and Packers rank first and second all-time in total victories (including postseason) and NFL championships.
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