The last time the Bears faced the previous season's Super Bowl participants was in 1997 following the Packers' 35-21 Super Bowl XXXI win over the Patriots. The Bears dropped a 38-24 decision to the Packers in the 1997 season-opener at Green Bay then lost at New England 31-3 in Week Four. The games also mark the eighth time in team history Chicago has faced both the previous season's Super Bowl teams with the Bears holding a 6-10 mark in those games.
The Bears snapped a three-game losing streak in the series with the Patriots, earning a 24-17 win in their last meeting, Dec. 10, 2000. Prior to the 2000 win, the Bears had not defeated New England since their Super Bowl XX victory, a 46-10 victory capping off the 1985 season.
In the next three contests, the Patriots, after losing in the Super Bowl by 36 points, dominated the Bears, winning three games by an average margin of over 20 points.
The Bears and Patriots have met only nine times in team history, with the Patriots holding a 5-4 edge. That total includes one playoff game, when Chicago met New England in Super Bowl XX following the 1985 season and the Bears earned a 46-10 victory. The Patriots have triumphed in five of the eight regular season meetings, including the first two meetings between the teams; 13-10 in 1973 and 27-7 in 1979. Chicago dominated the 1980's, garnering two of their three regular-season wins in the all-time series with a 26-13 victory in 1982 and a 20-7 win in 1985, a Week Two match-up that proved to be a preview of Super Bowl XX. The Patriots then won the next three games in the series by an average margin of over 20 points. Most of the games in this series have been one-sided, as only two games, the first (1973) and the last (2000), have been decided by a touchdown or less. Chicago has been limited to seven points or fewer in four of the five New England wins while Chicago's average margin of victory in four wins has been over 17 points per game.