The rivalry between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers is one of the longest in the NFL. The Bears have a better head-to-head record with series 92 wins, 88 losses and 6 ties against the Packers but the Packers have won all of the last 6 encounters (since 2011). The Packers have won more Superbowls, NFL titles and Conference titles than the Bears.
|Chicago Bears||Green Bay Packers|
|Owner(s)||Virginia Halas McCaskey||Green Bay Packers, Inc. (111,967 stockholders)|
|Team colors||Navy blue, burnt orange, white||Dark green and yellow|
|General manager||Jerry Angelo||Ted Thompson|
|Head coach||Marc Trestman||Mike McCarthy|
|Fight song||"Bear Down, Chicago Bears"||Go! You Packers! Go!|
|Headquarters||Hallas Hall, Lake Forest||Don Hutson Center, Green Bay|
|National Football Conference Division||North Division||North Division|
|Chairman||Michael McCaskey||Mark Murphy|
|Conference championships||4 - NFL Western:1956, 1963; NFC:1985, 2006||9 - NFL Western:1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967; NFC:1996, 1997, 2010|
|Mascot||Staley Da Bear||None|
|Nicknames||Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway||Indian Packers, Blues, Big Bay Blues, Bays, The Pack, The Green and Gold|
|Division championships||18 - NFL Western:1933, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946; NFC Central: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2001; NFC North: 2005, 2006, 2010||15 - NFL West:1936, 1938, 1939, 1944; NFL Central: 1967; NFC Central: 1972, 1995, 1996, 1997; NFC North: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2012|
|Stadium||Soldier Field, Chicago||Lambeau Field|
|Super Bowl championships||1 - 1985||4 - 1966, 1967, 1996, 2010|
|Playoff appearances||26 - NFL: 1933, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1950, 1956, 1963, 1977, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2010||28 - NFL: 1936, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1944, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1982, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012|
|NFL championships||8 - 1921, 1932, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1963||11 - 1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967|
|All-time Regular Season Record||739-544-42||720-548-36|
The Bears, originally known as the Decatur Staleys, were established by the A. E. Staley food starch company in Decatur, Illinois in 1919. The team became a charter member of the NFL in 1920, when the company handed control of the team over to George Halas and Edward Sternaman. The team name was changed to the Bears in 1922. The club quickly came to dominate the league in its early years, with their only losing season in the 20s occurring in 1929.
The Packers were founded in 1919 by former high-school football rivals Earl “Curly” Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun. Money for uniform was donated by the Indian Packing Company. The team was granted a franchise in the pro football league on August 27th 1921. The team had financial troubles and the franchise was lost within a year, but Lambeau found new financial backers and got the franchise back the following year.
Logos, Uniforms and Mascots
The Bears’ team colors are blue and burnt orange, based on the colors of Halas’s alma mater, the University of Chicago. The Bear’s first logo was a black bear on top of a football, introduced in the 1950s. It was changed to the trademark C logo in 1962. The Bears’ mascot, Staley Da Bear, was introduced in 2003.
The Packers’ colors were adopted from Lambeau’s alma mater, University of Notre Dame. These original colors of navy blue and gold were changed to green and gold in 1950. The G logo was created in 1961.
The Bears’ home stadium is Soldier Field, in Chicago. They moved to this location in 1971.
The Packers played their early seasons at Bellvue Park and Hagemeister park, and played home games in City Stadium between 1925 and 1956. Lambeau Field was opened in 1957; it was the first stadium built exclusively for an NFL team. At the time, it had a seating capacity of 32,150. It has been expanded several times since then, and its seating capacity is now 72,928.
Fans of the Packers, known as Cheeseheads, are famously dedicated. Every Packers game at Lambeau Field has sold out since 1960. They have a waiting list for season tickets of over 86,000 people – more names than there are seats in the stadium. The average wait time is about 30 years, but since only 90 passes become available each year, they estimate that a name added today would take 955 years to reach the top of the list. Fans therefore often give their season tickets to others in their wills or add newborn infants to the waiting lists as soon as they have birth certification.
The rivalry between the Bears and the Packers is one of the oldest in American professional sports. It began in 1921, when Bears owner Halas got the Packers kicked out of the league to prevent them signing a particular player, and then got them re-admitted after the Bears signed that player themselves. They have played 186 regular season and post season games. They saw the first ever ejection of players for fighting during an NFL game in 1924, when Frank Hanney and Walter Voss exchanged punches.
The Chicago Bears’ passing record is held by Sid Luckman, who gained 14,686 passing yards between 1939 and 1950. The rushing record is held by Walter Payton, with 16,726 rushing yards between 1975 and 1987, and the receiving record is held by Johnny Morris, with 5059 receiving yards between 1958 and 1967. The coaching wins record is held by George Hallas, with 318 wins between 1920 and 1967.
The Packers’ passing record is held by Brett Favre, who had 61,655 passing yards between 1992 and 2007. The rushing record is held by Ahman Green, who had 8,322 rushing yards between 2000 and 2009, and the receiving record is held by Donald Driver, who had 9,740 receiving yards between 1999 and the present. The coaching wins record is held by Curly Lambeau, with 209 wins between 1919 and 1949.
The Bears have won the Superbowl once, in the season 1985 (Superbowl XX), when they beat the New England Patriots 46-10.
The Packers have won the Superbowl four times: Super Bowl I over the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10; Super Bowl II over the Oakland Raiders, 33-14; one on January 26th 1997 (Superbowl XXXI), when they beat the New England Patriots 35-21, and once on February 6th 2011, when they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25.
The Bears have had 18 Division championships: NFL West in 1933, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943 and 1946, NFC Central in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990 and 2001, and NFC North in 2005, 2006 and 2010.
The Packers have had 15 Division championships: NFL West in 1936, 1938, 1939 and 1944, NFL Central in 1967, 1972, 1995, 1996 and 1997, and NFC North in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011 and 2012.
The Bears and Packers have been in the playoffs together four times, and played one another twice. In 1941, the Bears won the championship, while in 1994, both teams were knocked out in second round games. In 2011, the Bears were knocked out by the Philadelphia Eagles while the Packers lost to New York Giants. In 2010, the teams met in the NFL Championship Game. The Packers won 21-14 and went on to win the Superbowl. During the history of the rivalry, the Bears have won 91 times, the Packers have won 88 times, and there have been 6 ties.
Hall of Famers for the Bears include Richard Dent, Dan Hempton, Mike Singletary, Jim Finks, Walter Payton and Stan Jones.
The Packers’ Hall of Famers include Reggie White, James Lofton, Henry Jordan and Ted Hendricks.
The Green Bay Packers also have a team value of $1.09 billion. Forbes ranks them the 9th most valuable team.