The Ten Most Memorable Bears- Packers Game

Mike Ditka finished 15-5 against the Packers during his Bears tenure.

Mike Ditka finished 15-5 against the Packers during his Bears tenure.

The Bears and Packers are the NFL’s two most storied franchises. They are the two winningest franchises in NFL history and have played each other more often than anyone else.

When they meet, the play can bring out both the best and worst in the players and coaches on both sides. Their rivalry is considered the biggest in NFL.

They have played some of the most memorable games in NFL History. From Don Majkowski getting the benefit of the replay to win the game for the Packers, Charles Martin slamming Jim McMahon to the turf, Brett Favre throwing three interceptions and the 2010 NFC Championship game, Bears-Packers captures national attention. The Bears hold an 91-85-6 edge against Green Bay.

1941 Bears 33 Packers 14
The Bears and Packers met for the first time in the postseason. After the Packers scored the opening touchdown, the Bears scored 30 unanswered points to put the game away.

George McAfee rushed for 119 yards on 14 carries and Norm Standlee had 15 carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns. The Bears rushed for 277 yards as a team to win a one game playoff for the Western Division title. They had tied in the regular season at 10-1. The teams had split two games earlier in the season.

The Bears beat the Giants a week later 37-9 to claim the NFL Championship.

1980 Packers 12 Bears 6 (OT)

Chester Marcol’s potential game winning field goal was blocked by the Bears in overtime. It miraculously landed back in Marcol’s hands out of the air and he ran it in for one of the most improbable overtime touchdowns in NFL History.
1981 Bears 61 Packers 7

With both teams clinging to slim playoffs hopes the Bears triumphed in one of the most lopsided performances in the rivalry's history. Vince Evans had arguably the best day of his NFL career. Evans was 18-22 for 316 yards and three touchdowns, Walter Payton added 22 carries for 130 yards and three touchdowns and Rickey Watts caught four passes for 126 yards and a touchdown.

Amazingly the Bears scored all of their points after a scoreless first quarter. Both teams were eliminated that day after Minnesota won over Tampa Bay.

1985 Bears 23 Packers 7

This was the first of two games the Bears used William “The Refridgerator” Perry in the backfield. The Fridge became a folk hero on their march to the Superbowl. He scored on a one yard run in the second quarter to put the Bears up 14-7. He would score his first touchdown as a receiver later that season in Green Bay.

1986 Bears 12 Packers 10

This game will forever be known as the Charles Martin game. The game itself wasn’t memorable. A fourth quarter field goal by Kevin Butler gave the Bears the lead to stay at 12-10. It was Martin’s slam of Jim McMahon to the turf about three seconds after McMahon let the pass go that most people remember. The play earned Martin an ejection and two game suspension.

Martin had his own bounty list 25 years before the Saints had bounty gate.

1989 Bears 14 Packers 13

This could be the game that made replay reviews famous or infamous depending on your perspective.

On Fourth and goal at the 14 and trailing the Bears 13-7, Don Majkowski threw an apparent game winning touchdown pass to Sterling Sharpe. The officials threw a flag stating that Majkowski was over the line of scrimmage. After the play went upstairs, the officials reversed the call and the Packers claimed a 14-13 victory.

1993 Bears 30 Packers 17

After the Bears had won 13 out of 15 games in the series in the 1980’s and early 90’s, the Packers came to Soldier Field having won the last two against the Bears. The Bears harassed Brett Favre into three interceptions, including two pick sixes and Dante Jones also returned a fumble for a touchdown as the Bears defeated the Packers for the last time until 1999,

1994 Packers 33 Bears 6
On a night the Bears would retire Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, The Packers dominated the Bears in a driving rainstorm. Favre had a poor game completing just six of 15 passes for 82 yards and an interception. He made up for his passing with two carries for 58 yards, including a 36 yard touchdown run. Edgar Bennett rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns and caught a pass for 13 yards and another touchdown.

Jeff Graham had a five yard touchdown reception from Steve Walsh for the Bears only touchdown in a 33-6 loss.

1999 Bears 14 Packers 13
It seemed fitting that the Bears would face the Packers the Sunday following Walter Payton’s death. With the Bears clinging to a one point lead, Bears defensive lineman Bryan Robinson blocked Ryan Longwell’s potential game winning field goal to give the Bears their first win against Green Bay since 1993.

2010 NFC Championship Game Packers 21 Bears 14
In possibly the most anticipated game in the rivalry’s history, the Bears hosted the Packers in the NFC Championship game. The game was three weeks after the Packers won at Soldier Field in the final game of the season to clinch a playoff spot.

Aaron Rodgers passed for 244 yards, Greg Jennings caught eight passes for 144 yards and B.J. Raji had a key interception in the fourth quarter as Packers held on the fourth quarter for a 21-14 victory. The Bears had to play the second half after Jay Cutler went out with a knee injury.

 

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