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NFL Playoffs - Green Bay Packers At Chicago Bears Notes

The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears meet on Sunday with a trip to Super Bowl XLV on the line.

The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears have met over 100 times during their storied rivalry.  Sunday, however, will be just the 2nd time the two teams have met in the playoffs - the first came in 1941.  Some Bears fans are calling this the biggest game in team history.  Let's take a look inside the NFC Championship Game.

HELLO AGAIN:  The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have met 181 times, which includes only one meeting in the postseason (1941).  When the two clubs play for the NFC Championship this weekend, it will mark the longest gap (based on days) between postseason meetings in NFL history.  

DIVISION FOESFor the sixth time since the merger, the NFC Championship Game will be contested between division rivals.  Chicago and Green Bay split the regular-season series, with each team winning on its home field.  The Bears defeated the Packers 20-17 in Week 3, while the Packers were victorious in Week 17, 10-3. 

NFC Championship Games between division foes (since 1970):

 

MATCHUP

SEASON

RESULT

San Francisco-Los Angeles

1989

49ers 30, Rams 3

NY Giants-Washington

1986

Giants 17, Redskins 0

Washington-Dallas

1982

Redskins 31, Cowboys 17

Philadelphia-Dallas

1980

Eagles 20, Cowboys 7

Washington-Dallas

1972

Redskins 26, Cowboys 3

 

 

Green Bay-Chicago

2010

??? 


DON'T PACK IT IN:  With a win this Sunday, the Green Bay Packers could become the fourth team to win three consecutive road playoff games en route to the Super Bowl.  The team could also become the first NFC No. 6 seed to reach the Super Bowl

SEASON

TEAM

POSTSEASON ROAD GAMES WON  

2007

New York Giants 

Tampa Bay (24-14); Dallas (21-17); Green Bay  (23-20, OT)

2005

Pittsburgh Steelers

Cincinnati (31-17); Indianapolis (21-18); Denver (34-17)

1985

New England Patriots

NY Jets (26-14); L.A. Raiders (27-20); Miami Dolphins (31-14)

 

 

2010

Green Bay Packers*

Philadelphia (21-16); Atlanta (48-21)

             * NFC Championship Game in Chicago on Sunday 

GRACIOUS HOST: There have been 13 postseason games played at Soldier Field since 1970, with the Bears compiling a 7-6 record in those contests. 

This weekend, Soldier Field will host its 14th playoff game, the third-most playoff games hosted by a stadium in the NFC since 1970.  Candlestick Park holds the record with 24 NFC postseason games during that span. 

STADIUM

NFC PLAYOFF GAMES HOSTED SINCE 1970

Candlestick Park 

24

Texas Stadium

22

Soldier Field

14*

RFK  Stadium

12

Lambeau Field

12

                                          *Includes Sunday's NFC Championship game 

MR. RODGERS:  Green Bay Packers quarterback AARON RODGERS has thrown 10 touchdown passes in his first three postseason starts, the most in NFL history

Rodgers will make his fourth postseason start in Chicago this Sunday.  With two touchdown passes, Rodgers can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer TROY AIKMAN and KURT WARNER (11) for the most touchdown passes in the first four postseason starts of any quarterback in NFL history

Rodgers, who has thrown six touchdowns this postseason, can also challenge the record for the most touchdown passes thrown in a single conference playoffs. 

The record for the most touchdown passes in a single conference playoffs:

PLAYER

SEASON

TOUCHDOWN PASSES

Peyton Manning

2003

9

Brett Favre

1995

8

Kurt Warner

2008

8

Many tied

7

 

Aaron Rodgers

2010

6*

                                               *Through Divisional Playoffs

NFC TROPHY PRESENTATIONThe winner of the NFC Championship Game will be presented with the GEORGE HALAS TROPHY

Halas, the late owner of the Chicago Bears and a founder of the NFL, is the second-winningest coach in history (324-151-31) behind DON SHULA (347-173-6).  He won six NFL championships with the Bears and is a charter enshrinee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1963).

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.