Aaron Rodgers Likes Bear Hunting

Bob FoxContributor IDecember 22, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers attempts to break free from Tommie Harris #91 of the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on January 2, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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When it comes to playing the Chicago Bears, Aaron Rodgers has a pretty good track record.  Rodgers is 6-2 in his career against da Bears, and that includes a win in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field in Chicago last season.

Plus both of his losses against Chicago certainly could have been Green Bay wins, if not for some tough breaks.  Stat-wise, Rodgers has been very good vs. the Bears.  Rodgers has thrown 10 TD passes to five interceptions for 1,693 yards and has a QB rating of 95.7.

In the game earlier in the 2011 season in Chicago, Rodgers threw three TD passes vs. one interception for 297 yards and had a QB rating of 111.4.

So it's sort of apropos that Rodgers will face the 7-7 Bears on Christmas night at Lambeau Field, a place where Rodgers and the 13-1 Packers have won 11 straight games.

Rodgers has been a dominant force in the NFC North in general.  Rodgers has a career 16-6 record vs. opponents in the NFC North.  That includes a 6-1 record vs. the Detroit Lions and also a 5-3 mark against the Minnesota Vikings.  Rodgers also led the Packers to the NFC North title this year.

The two losses that Rodgers has incurred vs. the Bears could have been wins instead.  

The first loss came on this date in 2008, when the Packers lost 20-17 in overtime at Soldier Field.  The loss certainly couldn't be put on Rodgers.  Rodgers threw two TD passes vs. one pick for 260 yards in a frigid game that had a game time temperature of 2°. 

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass against the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Rodgers led the Packers to a 14-3 lead before the Bears came back.  Mason Crosby also had a 37-yard field goal blocked at the end of regulation that would have won the game.




The second loss to the Bears by Rodgers came in the third game of the 2010 season at Soldier Field again.  Rodgers had a good game as he threw for 316 yards with one TD pass vs. one interception.  Rodgers also had a rushing touchdown.

Once again Rodgers led the Packers to an early lead before the Bears came back to tie the game late.  With just over two minutes left in the game, Rodgers was leading the Packers on a game winning drive when James Jones fumbled near midfield. 

The Bears recovered and ended up winning the game with a Robbie Gould 19-yard field goal with four seconds left in the game.  The Packers also had a whopping 18 penalties in the game, which established a new team record.

But overall, Rodgers has had very good success against the Bears, with none bigger than the victory in the NFC Championship Game.  Rodgers had his worst game of the 2010 postseason that day, but he did score a rushing TD and he also made a key tackle on LB Brian Urlacher after an interception.

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers dives into the corner of the endzone for a one-yard touchdown run against Danieal Manning #38 of the Chicago Bears in the first quarter of the NFC Championship Game at Soldi
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Urlacher picked off Rodgers at the Chicago 6-yard line and it looked like clear sailing to the end zone for Urlacher until Rodgers was able to trip him up at the Chicago 46-yard line.  That tackle kept the Bears off the scoreboard as Chicago later punted after the ensuing possession. 

Bottom line, Rodgers led his team to a huge win that day in Chicago which led to an appearance in Super Bowl XLV—a game in which Rodgers would be the MVP, as he led the Packers to a 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rodgers has never lost to the Bears at Lambeau Field either, as the Packers have outscored the Bears by a cumulative 68-21 margin in three games started by Rodgers.

The Bears have struggled against not only Rodgers, but also against his predecessor Brett Favre.  Favre had a career 22-10 record vs. the Bears, plus won seven NFC Central/North divisional titles in his time in Green Bay.

Rodgers is well on his way to mirroring the success Favre had against the Bears.  Rodgers has actually eclipsed it due to the NFC Championship victory last season.  I expect that Rodgers will continue his success on Christmas night.  That will be a welcome Christmas present for Packer Nation as well.