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The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears play on Sunday night, marking the 16th consecutive regular season that the Packers and Bears have squared off in a prime-time game.
- Sunday will mark Game No. 204 in the NFL's oldest rivalry. The Packers hold a 102-95-6 edge in the series, which includes two playoff games (1-1).
- Including the postseason, the Packers have won 20 of the last 23 meetings, including each of the last five.
- Green Bay has won 11 of the last 13 meetings against the Bears at Lambeau Field, including a 41-25 victory last season.
- The Packers have outscored Chicago, 361-195, in the last 13 home games, scoring 20-plus points in 11 of those contests.
- It is the 10th time in the last 11 years that the Packers-Bears game at Lambeau Field will be played in prime time.
- It is the Bears' second visit to Lambeau Field in December in the last three seasons (2019).
- In the last five games against Chicago, the Packers have allowed 71 points (14.2 ppg), forced 10 turnovers and committed just one turnover (plus-nine).
- The Packers have held the Bears to 28 points or less in each of the last 27 games (every regular-season game dating back to 2008). The last time Chicago scored more than 28 against Green Bay was in a 35-7 win on Dec. 23, 2007. Prior to that game, the Packers had held the Bears to 28 points or less in the previous 27 consecutive contests, so since 1994, the Packers have held the Bears to 28 points or less in 54 of the last 55 regular-season meetings.
- With Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 22-5 (including playoffs) against the Bears, with one loss coming in 2013 after Rodgers left the game with an injury after the first series.
- In the 27 games against Chicago, Rodgers has an overall passer rating of 105.9.
- Of the starters that have attempted 300-plus passes against the Bears (including playoffs), Rodgers' 105.9 passer rating is No. 1 in league history (No. 2 - Drew Brees, 98.2) according to StatsPass.
- Rodgers has posted a 100-plus passer rating in 13 matchups (min. 15 pass att.) and the Packers are 13-0 in those contests. Rodgers has the most 100-plus passer-rating games (min. 15 pass att.) against the Bears since 1950 (stathead.com), passing Brett Favre (11) in Week 17 of the 2020 season.
- Rodgers has registered passer ratings of 128.0, 132.2 and 147.9 against the Bears in his last three outings, giving him nine games with a passer rating of 125-plus against the Bears (min. 15 att.), the tied for the most by a QB against a single opponent (Rodgers, nine vs. Min.).
- Rodgers has posted a 125-plus passer rating and multiple TD passes in each of his last three games against Chicago. Rodgers has accomplished that streak once before against the Bears (2014-15) and twice against Minnesota (2010-11, 2012-14). It is tied for the second-longest streak in league history against a single opponent behind only Drew Brees' four-game streak against the Raiders from 2005-16.
- Rodgers has posted five consecutive zero-INT games against Chicago (min. 15 att.), which is tied for the longest streak by a QB against the Bears with Brees (2011-20) and Jon Kitna (2006-08).
- Overall, Rodgers has thrown a team-record 57 TDs against Chicago.
- WR Randall Cobb has nine receiving TDs against the Bears (the most he has against any one team), ranking No. 3 in Packers' history against Chicago (Don Hutson, 15 / Billy Howton, 10).
- Among active NFL players, WRs Davante Adams (71) and Cobb (66) have the most career receptions vs. Chicago, the most career receiving yards (Cobb, 928; Adams, 903) and the most career receiving TDs (Cobb, nine; Adams, eight).
- One of the most storied rivalries in professional sports, the two franchises have met 203 times (regular season and playoffs) entering Sunday's game - the most in NFL history.
- Starting in 1923, the clubs met for 59 straight years until both games in 1982 were canceled as part of a strike-shortened season.
- Have only met in the postseason twice, with the last meeting coming following the 2010 season. With a berth in Super Bowl XLV on the line, the Packers emerged victorious, 21-14, at Soldier Field.
- With two wins over the Bears in 2017, Green Bay took and maintained the advantage in the series for the first time since leading 11-10-4 following the 1932 season.
- Green Bay is 22-5 against Chicago with QB Aaron Rodgers as the starter.
The game will air across the country on NBC. Play-by-play man Al Michaels joins analyst Cris Collinsworth with Kathryn Tappen reporting from the sidelines.
- Westwood One Sports will air the game on radio across the country. Ryan Radtke (play-by-play) and Mike Golic (analyst) will call the action with Scott Graham hosting the pregame and halftime shows.
- Milwaukee's WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 49 stations in four states. For a full listing of radio affiliates, go to www.packers.com. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) call the action. McCarren first joined the team's broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 26th season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 23rd season of broadcasts together. They surpassed Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers with 313 at the 2018 season opener against Chicago. Both McCarren and Larrivee are members of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:
Packers vs. Bears:
- Regular season, all-time: 101-94-6
- All-time, Postseason: 1-1
- All-time, at home: 50-42-4 (29-20 at Lambeau Field)
- Streaks: The Packers are 19-4 against Chicago in 23 regular-season meetings since the start of the 2010 season.
- Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 17, 2021, Soldier Field, Packers won, 24-14
- Matt LaFleur: 35-9-0, .795; (2-2 postseason); 3rd NFL season
- Matt Nagy: 32-28-0, .533 (0-2 postseason); 4th NFL season
- Head to Head: LaFleur 5-0 vs. Nagy
- vs. Opponent: LaFleur 5-0 vs. Bears; Nagy 1-6 vs. Packers
- In his 13th season in the NFL, having previously served as an offensive coordinator for two seasons (Los Angeles Rams, 2017; Tennessee Titans, 2018), a quarterbacks coach for six seasons (Washington Football Team, 2010-13; Atlanta Falcons, 2015-16), and an offensive assistant for two seasons (Houston Texans, 2008-09).
- In his first two seasons leading the Packers, has authored one of the greatest starts to a head-coaching career in NFL history. For the second consecutive season in 2020, led Green Bay to a 13-3 record and captured the NFC North crown while also earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the first time since 2011. It was just the second time in team history that the Packers had won 13-plus games in back-to- back seasons (13-3 in 1996 and 1997).
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, was the sixth head coach since 1970 to lead his team to the conference championship game in both of his first two seasons as a head coach, joining Jim Harbaugh (2011-12), Rex Ryan (2009-10), Barry Switzer (1994-95), George Seifert (1989-90) and Don McCafferty (1970-71).
- Became just the second NFL head coach since the league went to a divisional format in 1967 to win 13-plus games and a division title in both of his first two seasons, joining Seifert (1989-90).
- In his first season leading the Packers in 2019, became the first coach in club history to lead the team to the playoffs in his debut season. Also led the largest one-year win improvement in team history (plus-seven wins).
MATT NAGY…In his fourth season as the Bears' 16th head coach.
- The 2018 Associated Press and PFWA Coach of the Year, has compiled a record of 32-28 in his first three-plus seasons as the head coach in Chicago, with one division championship and two playoff appearances.
- Has enjoyed success within the division, going 13-8 against the NFC North, including a 12-2 mark against the Vikings and Lions.
- His .533 career win percentage is the second highest among Bears coaches since the 1970 merger, trailing Mike Ditka's .631 percentage.
- Owns 13 years of NFL coaching experience, serving on the Philadelphia Eagles' staff from 2008-12 and working with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013-17, including one year (2017) as offensive coordinator.
Packers S Adrian Amos was drafted by Chicago in 2015 and played with the Bears for four seasons (2015-18)…Bears TE Jimmy Graham played for the Packers for two seasons (2018-19)…Green Bay players with connections to Illinois include: DL Jack Heflin (Prophetstown), T Dennis Kelly (Chicago Heights), DL Dean Lowry (Rockford, Northwestern), DL Tyler Lancaster (Plainfield, Northwestern), T/G Royce Newman (Nashville) and LS Steven Wirtel (Chicago)...Packers assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus is from Bloom Township, Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois…Butkus was signed as a rookie free agent by the Bears in 2002 and is the nephew of Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus…Butkus was also the offensive line coach at his alma mater (2012, 2016-18) and served as the Bears' assistant offensive line coach from 2007-09…Bears wide receivers coach Mike Furrey played for the Washington Football Team when Packers head coach Matt LaFleur and inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti were on the staff in 2010…Bears senior defensive assistant Mike Pettine served the last three seasons (2018-20) as the Packers defensive coordinator…Bears assistant wide receivers coach Chris Jackson appeared in two games for the Packers at wide receiver during the 2002-03 seasons…Bears offensive quality control coach Henry Burris was a backup quarterback for the Packers during the 2001 season…Bears general manager Ryan Pace and Packers executive vice president/director of football operations Russ Ball served together in the Saints' front office from 2002-07…Bears offensive line coach Juan Castillo was an offensive analyst at Michigan in 2019 while Packers G Jon Runyan played for the school…Packers assistant special teams coach Rayna Stewart served as a graduate assistant at Northwestern from 2007-08...Chicago assistant offensive line coach Donovan Raiola played for the Wisconsin Badgers from 2002-05...Packers assistant defensive backs coach Ryan Downard (2014-15), Bears DB Tashaun Gipson Sr. (2012-15), Bears special teams coordinator Chris Tabor (2011-17), pass game coordinator/quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo (2015) and Pettine all spent time with the Cleveland Browns organization together…Packers defensive backs/pass game coordinator coach Jerry Gray, Olivadotti and Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor coached together for the Washington Football Team during the 2006-07 seasons…Lazor also served as the Dolphins' offensive coordinator when Packers G/T Billy Turner was on the roster in 2014-15…Bears tight ends coach Clancy Barone served as the Broncos' offensive line coach when Turner played for the team in 2016…Green Bay TE Marcedes Lewis (2006-17), offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett (2015-18) and Butkus (2013-15) spent time with Chicago WR Allen Robinson II (2014-17) with the Jacksonville Jaguars.