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The Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears are about to resume the greatest rivalry in the NFL this Monday night, as both teams battle for supremacy in the NFC North. Here are some interesting facts regarding this series...<p>

The first game played was November 27, 1921 in Chicago, when Da Bears won 20-0 and were then known as the Staleys.

The Packers beat the Bears 14-10 for the first time on September 27, 1925 at old City Stadium in Green Bay.

The Bears lead the overall series 83-73-6.

The Packers have won 12 NFL Championships to the Bears 9.

The Packers and Bears have played in one playoff game...the week after Pearl Harbor in 1941...as the Bears won in Chicago 33-14.

The Packers and Bears have 44 players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame...the Bears have 25 members and the Packers have 19.

The Packers beat the Bears 21-17 on September 29, 1957, in the first game ever played at new City Stadium...now known as Lambeau Field.

The Packers beat the Bears 9-6 on September 27, 1959 in Green Bay, as Vince Lombardi coaches his first game for the Packers.

The Bears have played the majority of their overall home games at Wrigley Field...not moving to Soldier Field until 1971. The Bears play at the University of Illinois this year while Soldier Field is renovated.

Speaking of the University of Illinois, two of the greatest MLB's to ever play the game went to school there, Ray Nitschke of the Packers, and Dick Butkus of the Bears.

The Packers have had several quarterbacks that previously played for the Bears...Zeke Bratkowski...Jack Concannon...Bobby Douglas...Mike Tomczak...and Jim McMahon.

George Halas, along with the Mara family of the Giants, and Commissioner Pete Rozelle, help save the NFL in Green Bay by allowing all teams in the NFL to share in revenues from the national television contracts.

Vince Lombardi had a 13-5 record against George Halas.

The Bears won their only Championship of the Lombardi era in 1963, when the Bears were 11-1-2, and the Packers were 11-2-1.

The Packers have won 8 games in a row at Soldier Field.

Brett Favre is 16-4 lifetime vs the Bears.

Favre has thrown 39 career touchdowns against the Bears, while throwing 20 interceptions.

As you can tell, this rivalry has a lot of history. The two teams first met 81 years ago. The big city vs the small town. Coaches and players have changed throughout the years, but the intensity of the teams, no matter the records, is always extremely high. Who can forget the time the Packer's DT Charles Martin dropped the Bear's QB Jim McMahon on his sore throwing shoulder well after the whistle? How about the instant replay game in 1989, when the Packer's QB Don Majkowski hit WR Sterling Sharpe for the game winning score at Lambeau? How about November 7, 1999? Earlier that week, the great Bear RB Walter Payton, had tragically passed away due to cancer. The Packers line up for a game winning, chip shot field goal late in the 4th quarter, only to see it blocked, as the Bears beat the Pack 14-13 at Lambeau Field. What about the "Fridge" on Monday Night Football in 1985? Speaking of Monday night, how about the time the Packers beat the Bears 33-6 in Chicago on Halloween night in 1994...during a driving rainstorm...the same night the Bears retired the numbers of Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers?

People can talk about the Redskins vs the Cowboys...or the Raiders vs the Chiefs...or the Steelers vs the Browns...but there is no doubt that the greatest rivalry in the NFL is the Packers vs the Bears. The two teams have compiled glorious histories, with multiple Championships and Hall of Famers. The rivalry has been bloody and bitter. But through it all...all 81 years...both organizations have respect for one another. That respect has been passed on from Curly Lambeau to Mike Sherman, and from George Halas to Dick Jauron. This Monday night the rivalry resumes. Are you ready for some football?

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