Assuming Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher follows through with his retirement announcement (we can’t be certain of anything after Brett Favre’s “retirement” announcement in 2008), the record will show that the Packers dominated the Bears during Urlacher’s 13-year career in Chicago.
For a storied a career as Urlacher enjoyed with the Bears, his team didn’t come close to matching the Packers in victories, division titles, playoff berths or Super Bowl titles.
During Urlacher’s career from 2000 to 2012, the Packers claimed a lopsided 18-9 edge over the Bears in head-to-head matchups and 15-9 in games in which Urlacher played (he missed three games vs. Green Bay due to injury). In those 13 seasons the Packers qualified for the playoffs nine times while the Bears earned just four post-season berths.
The Packers also won six division championships during that span compared to the Bears’ four. In the most important statistic of all, the Packers won a Super Bowl championship during the Urlacher era, while the Bears won zero Super Bowls.
All told, from 2000 to 2012 the Packers compiled a 131-77 regular-season record (.630 winning percentage). The Bears meanwhile, despite Urlacher’s best efforts, averaged nearly 2 fewer victories per season during that span with a 110-98 overall mark (.529).
It was somewhat reminiscent of Bears middle linebacker Dick Butkus’ career from 1965 to 1973 against the Packers. During that time period the Packers once again dominated the Bears with a 14-4 edge in head-to-head matchups.
The Packers won three NFL championships and four division titles during that span. The Bears, meanwhile, never qualified for the playoffs during Butkus’ career.
All told, the Packers posted a 70-49-7 record in those years (.583 winning percentage). The Bears, meanwhile, were just 48-74-4 in the Butkus years (.397 winning percentage) and had just two winning seasons.
Bears fans can take solace that not all of their famous middle linebackers struggled against the Packers. Mike Singletary played from 1981 to 1992 when the Bears held a 15-7 edge in head-to-head matchups against the Packers. Chicago won six division titles and one Super Bowl during the Singletary era, while the Packers earned just one playoff berth during that span.