The Packers and Bears have been facing off for 100 years. Which team has had the upper hand?

JR Radcliffe
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Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers scrambles during the second half of the Packers' 10-3 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field this season.

The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears will meet Sunday in a rivalry that officially owns a century's worth of history.

The two teams will collide for the 203rd time in a rivalry that dates to Nov. 27, 1921, when the Chicago Staleys beat the Packers in their first year as a member of the American Pro Football Association. The Staleys went on to win the league tile

The Staleys renamed themselves the Bears in 1922, and the APFA became the NFL that same season. The two squads met again in 1923.

The head-to-head battle has been fairly even over the course of history, though the Packers have had the upper hand in recent decades.

Here's the tale of the tape:

Green Bay Packers quarterback Don Majkowski (7) celebrates the instant-replay call confirming his game-winning touchdown pass to Sterling Sharpe against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on Nov. 5, 1989. The Packers won 14-13.


Packers: 101

Bears: 95

Ties: 6

The teams have split their two postseason meetings. The Bears beat the Packers in 1941, 33-14, and the Packers beat the Bears in the memorable NFC Championship game after the 2010 season, 21-14. Take a look back at some of the best games in the rivalry (mostly good ones for Packers fans).


Packers: 13

Bears: 9

These are still the two franchises with the most championships in pro football history. The New York Giants and Cleveland Browns are next with eight. The Bears won their first championship in 1921 with the APFA as the Staleys (albeit controversially), and the Packers won their first title in 1929 — the first of three straight before the Bears interrupted that streak with back-to-back titles in 1932 and 1933.

Title-game appearances

Packers: 13

Bears: 12

The NFL Championship game began in 1933, meaning two Bears titles and three Packers crowns were awarded by virtue of regular-season finish. That means the Packers are 10-3 all-time in title games, and the Bears are 7-5.

This group includes five Super Bowl appearances for the Packers (four titles) and two trips for the Bears (one title). How do you feel about this, B.J. Raji?

Division titles

Packers: 27

Bears: 23

This might be a lot closer if the Packers hadn't won seven of the last 10. 

Playoff appearances

Packers: 34

Bears: 28

For the Bears, this technically includes 1932, which featured a one-game playoff with two teams tied for the regular-season championship.

Longest series winning streak

Packers: 10 (1994-98)

Bears: 8 (1985-88)

Packers kicker Chester Marcol gathers in this blocked field goal in overtime and runs for the touchdown that enabled the Packers to beat the Bears in overtime in 1980.

Total points

Packers: 3,541

Bears: 3,465

Brett Favre and Reggie White leave the field after a game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field during the 1994 season.

Hall of Famers

Bears: 30

Packers: 27

The Bears have triumphed over the Packers in one category! Can you name them all for the Packers?

Never mind, we'll tell you.

  • Herb Adderley (1961-69) 
  • Tony Canadeo (1941-44, 1946-52) 
  • Willie Davis (1960-69) 
  • Bobby Dillon (1952-59)
  • Brett Favre (1992-2007) 
  • Forrest Gregg (1956, 1958-70) 
  • Arnie Herber (1930-40)
  • Clarke Hinkle (1932-41) 
  • Paul Hornung (1957-62, 1964-66) 
  • Robert "Cal" Hubbard (1929-33, 1935) 
  • Don Hutson (1935-45) 
  • Henry Jordan (1959-69) 
  • Jerry Kramer (1958-68) 
  • Earl "Curly" Lambeau (1919-49) 
  • James Lofton (1978-86) 
  • Vince Lombardi (1959-67) 
  • John "Blood" McNally (1929-33, 1935-36) 
  • Mike Michalske (1929-35, 1937) 
  • Ray Nitschke (1958-72) 
  • Jim Ringo (1953-63) 
  • Dave Robinson (1963-72) 
  • Bart Starr (1956-71) 
  • Jim Taylor (1958-66) 
  • Reggie White (1993-98) 
  • Ron Wolf (1991-2001) 
  • Willie Wood (1960-71)
  • Charles Woodson (2006-12)

JR Radcliffe can be reached at 262-361-9141 or Follow him on Twitter at @JRRadcliffe.

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