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The Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. Goes together like cops and robbers, or cowboys and Indians. The NFL's oldest rivalry never falls short of its billing. However, this generation of the rivalry has renewed value and tradition, mainly due to recent contests that will decide the outcome of each team's respective destiny.
Even as recent as 2010, in the infamous "Toughness Games", which put Cutler on the sideline and everyone with a Twitter account into a 140-character psychoanalysis on "what they would do with an MCL sprain.
The Bears lost to Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field, and the Packers went on to win the Super Bowl. What added insult to injury was that Chicago had an opportunity in the last game of the season to eliminate them from playoff contention and lost, ultimately setting up that January 23, 2010 playoff drama that even TNT couldn't have scripted.
Alas, here we are again. Three weeks left to go in the season and the two teams go head-to-head on a Sunday afternoon. This time, Chicago can either even the series or fall further behind in the division and perhaps right out of the playoff hunt. For Green Bay, a win could cement an impressive second half comeback; one that began with a sputtering 2-3 start and will look more and more like the hungry, athletic Packers team from 2010.
Which leads to what is at stake in this rivalry. To date, Chicago owns the record of wins and losses (92-87-6). The pair also blows out any competition when it comes to total games played against one another. So you really have to waddle through the garbage to find the golden points in the this age old tug-of-war.
So here are some notes and nuggets to give you a better idea of where this rivalry sits, statistically:
- In the past eight contests, the Packers have won seven.
- Of those seven losses, the Bears have currently lost five straight heading into Sunday.
- During the Bears' recent five-game skid against the Packers, Green Bay has won with an average score of 23-13.
- Since 2000, Green Bay holds the series 17-9.
- Since the 90s, the Green Packers hold the series over the Bears 30-16.
- In postseason match-ups, the two are tied 1-1.
What direction will this rivalry will take in years to come? Who knows? In any event, this Sunday the teams will have an opportunity to dictate what level of comfort they can have in the final two weeks as the NFC North is up for grabs.