Bears-Packers Snapshot

A victory over the Packers would end the season on a positive note for the Bears, but it how meaningful will it be if the Green Bay starters only play a half?

Green Bay Packers (9-6) at Chicago Bears (5-10)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 01/02/05
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Cris Collinsworth, Pam Oliver; DirecTV, 7

KEYS TO THE GAME
Packers coach Mike Sherman gave his players several days off following their Dec. 24 victory over Minnesota, so he's not expected to rest his starters too much. Sherman doesn't want to get swept in the season series and enter the playoffs on a negative note. RB Ahman Green might not carry his normal workload, but the Packers still want to run the ball plenty with the Bears minus injured MLB Brian Urlacher. Green Bay's defense is vulnerable, especially in the secondary, but Bears QB Chad Hutchinson is plagued by poor pass protection and too many drops by his receivers. RB Thomas Jones remains the Bears' best offensive weapon and will need to have a big game as a runner and receiver for Chicago to have any chance at the upset.

FAST FACTS Packers: QB Brett Favre is 20-5 against Chicago. ... WRs Javon Walker (1,300) and Donald Driver (1,160) comprise the team's first tandem to surpass 1,000 yards in the same season since Antonio Freeman and Bill Schroeder in 1999. Bears: Attempting to sweep the season series for the first time since 1991, Favre's first season with the Packers.

THE SERIES
The Bears and Packers continue the NFL's longest rivalry as they meet for the 169th time (including one playoff game) with the Bears holding a 84-78-7 advantage in the series. The two teams met for 59 straight years starting in 1923 until the players strike canceled both contests in 1982. Prior to Chicago's 1999 win, Green Bay had won 10 straight games, the longest win streak by either team over the last 78 years. The Bears' longest win streak was recorded from 1985-88 when they won eight straight against the Packers. The series has been particularly tight in Green Bay with the Packers holding a slight 38-37-4 home record at Lambeau Field following the Bears win in Week 2 of this season. Chicago is 47-39-3 versus Green Bay at home.

DID YOU KNOW?
The Bears win at Lambeau Field in Week 2 snapped a seven-game losing streak for Chicago in the series, but was the visiting team's third win in their last six games at Green Bay. Dominated by the Packers throughout the Brett Favre era, the Bears have lost 10 straight home games to Green Bay dating back to 1994. Chicago has lost 20 of 25 games against the Packers since 1992. The Bears defeated Green Bay in Favre's first start against Chicago, 30-10 at Green Bay (Oct. 25, 1992), capping a string of five consecutive wins for the Bears over the Packers. Favre and Green Bay won 12 of the next 13 from 1992-98.


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