I’m so excited! Sunday January 23rd, 2011 The Chicago Bears will be facing The Green Bay Packers in what is only their second playoff meeting EVER! I SAID EVER PEOPLE!! Keep in mind, this is the oldest rivalry in the National Football League! And probably the best rivalry in all of professional sports. And they have only met one other time in the playoffs. Amazing. And for the record, the Bears won that 1941 meeting 33 to 14 as they went on to win the NFL Championship!
Anyway, all this excitement got me thinking about the 5 greatest Bears vs Packers games in history. Share your greatest games in the comments if you think I don’t know what I’m talking about; here are mine…
- December 7, 1980 Defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, beginning to form what would later be called the 46 Defense, relentlessly blitzed a hapless Packers Offense in route to a shearing victory. Bart Starr, the Packers Quarterback, was so upset after the game he went after Buddy. I’m guessing it took all the forces of nature to keep Buddy from killing Bart Starr then and there. Bears 33 – Packers 7
- October 21, 1985 Da Coach (aka Mike Ditka) unleashed William “The Refrigerator” Perry on the Packers in a Monday Night Football game. No. 72 lined up as a 350 pound Fullback, blowing holes wide open for Sweetness (aka Walter Payton), who ended the night with 112 yards rushing and 2 TDs. But Da Coach wasn’t done with The Fridge and called his number and he ended the game with 1 yard rushing and 1 TD. The Packers were in shock and awe. Bears 23 – Packers 7
- November 23, 1986 After Da Bears Superbowl season the Packers knew they had to do something in order to slow down the greatest team in NFL history. But no one would have guessed they would go to such lows. The Packers ended Jim McMahon’s season with a flagrant, long-after-the-whistle, body slam by Charles Martin (defensive lineman). Of course, the Bears still won. Bears 12 – Packers 10
- September 10, 2006 In 16 seasons Packer’s QB Brett Farve had never been shutout. Da Bears could not abide and figured it was about time to change that silly statistic. So Brian Urlacher and the Chicago Defense shut Farve out on their way to the Superbowl. Oh yea, and Devin Hester had 112 return yards and a TD. Bears 26 – Packers 0
- January 23, 2011 Da Bears hosted the Packers at Soldier Field for the NFC Championship title and a shot at the Superbowl. The pundits, Packer lovers each one, all predicted a Green Bay win. Even the ods makers in Vegas gave the edge to Green Bay. But in the end Jay Cutler led Chicago to a rousing victory over Green Bay. Bears 52 – Packers 7