This Sunday, the oldest rivalry in the National Football League renews once again. This week marks the 194th meeting all-time between the Packers and Bears, and after all these years, the Packers finally have an opportunity to draw even with the Bears for the first time since the 1930s.
More importantly at present is the Packers’ quest to make the playoffs for an eighth straight season. A loss this weekend would crush the Packers’ hopes for a divisional title, as the Detroit Lions would only need to win one of their final three games in order to clinch the NFC North. The Packers could still theoretically make the playoffs as a Wild Card if they win out, but that is unlikely.
The Bears, in the meantime, nearly beat the Lions a week ago, and feature a defense that is vastly improved over the unit that the Packers faced in the first meeting between the two teams this season. With Aaron Rodgers’ calf injury still affecting him, keep an eye on the line play as the Packers’ offensive front tries to keep their quarterback clean.
Here are the details for Sunday’s game.
Green Bay Packers (7-6) vs. Chicago Bears (3-10)
Sunday, December 18, 2016
12 Noon Central Standard Time
Regional Broadcast (Map - game in blue)
Commentators: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch
Packers favored by 5.5
Over/under total: 40
All-Time Series History
Regular Season: Bears lead 93-92-6
Last meeting: @Packers 26, Bears 10 (Week 7 2016)
Playoffs: Tied 1-1
Last meeting: Packers 17, @Bears 10 (2010 NFC Championship)