Bears, Packers Battle For NFC Championship

CHICAGO (CBS/AP) – The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have met 181 times in the NFL’s longest standing rivalry dating back to 1921.

Only once have they played with this much at stake.

Chicago hosts Green Bay in the NFC championship game Sunday in the teams’ first playoff meeting since Dec. 14, 1941.

The Bears’ 33-14 victory over the Packers at that time put them in the NFL title game, and a win Sunday will accomplish a similar feat. While there’s sure to be mention of the rivalry between franchises with a combined 48 Hall of Fame players, the history between Chicago and Green Bay takes a back seat to a Super Bowl berth being on the line.

“You just look at our history and it does have a respectful tone, but it can be nasty also,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “It’s going to be a physical game. We don’t like each other.

“Believe me, there is not a whole lot of love for us coming (from the Packers).”

The Bears (12-5) won the first meeting this season Sept. 27, taking advantage of the Packers’ team-record 18 penalties for a 20-17 victory at Soldier Field. Chicago had a chance to knock Green Bay out of the playoff picture in the final week of the season, but the Packers held on for a 10-3 home victory to earn the NFC’s sixth seed.

Aaron Rodgers now has Green Bay (12-6) one win from joining the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers as the only No. 6 seeds to play in the Super Bowl. After throwing for three touchdowns in a 21-16 victory at Philadelphia in the wild-card round, Rodgers went 31 of 36 for 366 yards and three TDs last Saturday in a 48-21 win at top-seeded Atlanta.

Rodgers, who called last week’s performance possibly the best of his career, has a 125.0 passer rating over his last nine games with 22 TDs and two interceptions.

“Aaron is playing as well as anybody has played that position and he’s doing an excellent job spreading the ball around and getting it down the field,” Packers center Scott Wells said.

Rodgers has won four of six career starts against the Bears, completing 68.6 percent of his throws with seven touchdowns and four picks. His 89.7 passer rating against them in the season finale is his worst of the past four weeks, but his TD pass with 12:42 to play was the difference.

Jay Cutler threw for 221 yards and a touchdown in the loss, but he was sacked six times and his second interception ended the Bears’ comeback attempt. Cutler responded in last week’s 35-24 win over Seattle, throwing for 274 yards and two touchdowns – including a 58-yarder to Greg Olsen on his first career pass attempt in the playoffs.

Cutler also ran for two TDs, joining the legendary Otto Graham as the only two quarterbacks to throw and run for two touchdowns in a postseason game. Coming off a 2009 season in which he threw 26 interceptions and had a career-worst 76.8 quarterback rating, Cutler cut his picks to 16 and led the Bears to their first playoff victory since 2006.

However, Cutler is only 1-4 against the Packers with nine interceptions and five touchdowns.

“We feel real good about where he is,” Smith said. “He’s come a long way. … I really like the decisions he’s making.”

One of Cutler’s biggest concerns will be avoiding mistakes, and Packers cornerback Tramon Williams has been forcing plenty of them. Often overshadowed by All-Pro corner Charles Woodson, Williams intercepted Michael Vick in the end zone to seal Green Bay’s win over the Eagles, then had two more picks against the Falcons and ran back the second one for a touchdown at the end of the first half.

“When these playoffs and the Super Bowl are completed, everybody in the country is going to know who Tramon Williams is,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “That’s the type of level that he’s playing at.”

Though Chicago’s defense often receives more notoriety with perennial Pro Bowlers like Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs and Julius Peppers, the Packers maintain they’re just as good – if not better. Green Bay gave up 15.0 points per game during the regular season to rank second in the NFL, while Chicago ranked fourth with an average of 17.9.

“They’ve had some guys there for a while that have really been producing, playing well,” linebacker A.J. Hawk said of the Bears. “So if they’re getting more national attention, whatever, that’s fine. That’s OK with us. They can have it. We’ll be fine with the guys we have here.”

After allowing Atlanta’s Eric Weems to score on a 102-yard kickoff return last week, McCarthy hopes to slow Bears return specialist Devin Hester, who ran back a punt for a touchdown in Chicago’s win over the Packers in September. McCarthy said Hester was the Bears’ best player before the teams met in the season finale.

“Natural ability,” Williams said about what makes Hester so dynamic. “From watching film, everything he does is great. He has the vision and the ability, everything. … Coach said he’s the best ever, so I feel the same way.”

Though the Packers have won each playoff game on the road, they have lost three of their last four trips to Chicago. Each of the past five meetings overall have been decided by seven points or less.

The Bears lead the all-time series 92-83-6.

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  • joshjabber

    I’m rooting for the Bears but I don’t think they have a chance. The Packers just look too good.

  • franklin808

    I hope the Steelers beat the Packers

    • SpellingIzHawrd

      It wasnt funny or clever the last 14 times you tried either…

    • Jack

      The Steelers will not beat the Packers because they will be playing the Bears. Jack

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  • Dave n Dallas

    The last 10 meetings between the Bears and Packers are dead even, look at the stats, The Pack dose not have a Devin Hester.

  • Frederick Kann

    Tampa Bay here…
    GO BEARS!!!

  • Bill Barnhart

    I love your Bears coverage, but please lose the word “hate” in describing one team’s attitude toward another team. Professional athletes don’t “hate.” And your timing is really bad.

  • Andrea Sellars

    Im in Ireland and dying to listen to the game…..where can i do this????

  • sherri leblanc

    at work, Take Care Clinic, listening to the game in between seeing patients

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    • Terry Reasor

      Urlacher caught Rogers pass… Didn’t you see it? I would call that a catch.. LOL

  • NowinAz


  • Bill

    Bears suck

  • Bill

    WBBM should pull the microphone out of the wall. Play some music instead of this abysmal game.

  • usetoliveinIllinois


  • retiredinAz1

    Cutler should get off that stationary bike and get on a regular bike….and head out of town!

  • Bill

    Bears are Poo-sies

  • retiredinAz1

    I’m selling all my Bears items!


    Big game Caleb Hanie. You deserve a welcome back to Bourbonnais.

    I want to remember what you almost did.
    The defense really hadn’t been scoring all year.

    Aaron Rogers: Best Quarterback in the playoffs.

  • JessDeCristo

    My prediction came true, the chicagi Bears continued their tradition as loosers.
    They did excellent 95% of the time, except when it really counted.
    I feel bad for Lovee Smith, he is the best coach around with a lot of charinsma, he’s about the only one I’m gonna miss. It will be a miracle if the Mc Caskeys let him stay another year. No, it’s been years since Chicago has been known for it’s CUBBIES, Bulls or Bears, now Chachicago’s known for it’s crooked polittians and it’s Capones Justice ( Giving John Burge only 4.5 years for what he did?! really), and this could only happen in a town like this…..

    • Sarah

      Hey Jess,Jon Burge did a great job,he saved many innocent people from being harmed or killed by the street monkies by rounding them up and putting them in a cage.

  • behemothkillpacks

    rogers sucker two interceptions game in 2nd and u call him best q??? ,they got lucky coz ours offense mater what we are better tem in this game..GO BEARS..but we own our defence heads up!!!


      Well, in the playoffs, and in those conditons, it’s hard for the road QB to make a good pass. Unless, he sticks to his hottest hands (Greg Jennings).
      Things might have been different if Cutler could have tied it, or stayed in the game.

      I’m going NFC

  • Dan Rakow

    I’m going for the Winner of the AFC Championship Game to get a victory over the Cheeseheads.

    Bears will be back NEXT YEAR and the NFC North will be the BEST Divison in the NFL.

  • kevin palestine

    Lovie Smith should be fired for not having the defense ready to stop rogers on the first drive of the game for the packers.I mean you had guys running around not knowing their assignments no blitzing we needed to rough rodgers up alot more than we did.and for cutler to sit on the bench while his team bleeds hes no leader and needs to be dumped like a hot pototoe.a real man plays when hurt in the playoffs cutler dont Qualify.Great Game Caleb Hanie atleast you know how to fight in a dogfight.Look at what it took for brett Favre not to play now thats a man and a leader and nfl quarterback

    • Spoon

      Kevin, you’ve been an idiot both on air and online for the entire season. He got sat by the doctors, after having his knee wrapped at halftime. The only reason he got back on the field after halftime was the fact that he wanted to go back in. You dont get to play with a blown up knee. Stop being an idiot.

      Seriously… are people really this stupid?

      • palestine kevin

        spoon your ignorant and you never played the position of quarterback like i have.i know cutler could have played i did more than once when you make it to the playoffs the gloves come off and you fight like a man even jimmy johnson commented at the last of the game Cutler needs to grow up and lose his little attitude he said hes not a leader at this point in his career were the Chicago Bears we dont have time for this loser.all cutler could lead is a sinking ship.

      • Spoon

        “spoon your ignorant” – priceless…

        You’re an idiot. When the medical staff sits you, you’re done. If you had ever watched the game of football, instead of being a mindless meatballl, you’d have already known that. However, you dont.

        Instead you’re an idiot that’s over reacting to a big let down in an huge emotional moment. Now stop being an idiot and drive to work.

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  • Hans

    The Bears have the ability to make the score look closer than the actual game. The best team won.



  • palestine kevin

    And another thing spoonmaster if im such an idiot the score sure as hell gives me alot of Airtime.your just jealous because you cant get past the call screeners eat my shorts dude your no match for me!

    • SpellingIzHawrd

      You should learn to spell and try maybe throw some periods into your jibber-jabber

    • Spoon

      There’s a difference between laughing with someone, and at someone. I’ll let you guess the reason you got on air… The hillbilly music the play in the background makes it hard not to laugh though.

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