SIX STATS you might not know about… the Packers-Bears rivalry
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1. The Packers and Bears have played 182 games (regular-season and playoff games). The rivalry began in 1921 and is the league’s longest rivalry… it is not, however, the longest continuous rivalry because the two teams did not play in the strike-shortened 1982 NFL season.
2. The Bears lead the series with 92 wins, 84 losses and six ties. If you go back to just games since 2000, the Packers lead the series with a 14-9 record. Go back to the 1992 season and the Packers have won 27 of the last 39 games.
3. The Packers have made 26 playoff appearances, the Bears 25. Each team played in ten NFL title games from 1933-69; the Packers won eight, the Bears six.
4. Eighty-one of the 182 games in the series (44.5%) have been decided by seven points or less. The last six games have all been decided by a touchdown or less.
5. The two teams have made the playoffs in the same season four times (1941, 1994, 2001 and 2010). They played against each other in the playoffs in ’41 and last season.
6. Here’s a win-loss breakdown (team with the most wins in the decade is listed) by decade of the series:
1920’s: Chicago 7-6-3
1930’s: Chicago 12-11-1
1940’s: Chicago 16-4-1
1950’s: Chicago 14-5-1
1960’s: Green Bay 15-5
1970’s: Chicago 11-9
1980’s: Chicago 11-7
1990’s: Green Bay 13-7
2000’s: Green Bay 12-8
2010’s: Green Bay 2-1
Did you know? On Christmas Day this year the Packers and Bears will play their 184th game in this series. To fly from Lambeau Field to Soldier Field is 184 miles!