When two storied franchises come together twice a year, it makes for a historic rivalry. In the case of the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, both teams have been at each other’s throats since the beginning of their existence.
These two teams will come together for the first time in 2020 under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football. This upcoming showdown will be their 201st all-time.
The past 30 years have not gone the Bears’ way in the rivalry. While they did dominate in the 1970s, ’80s, and early ’90s, the Packers have made up 27 games on the Bears since 1992. Chicago has gone 15-42-0 against Green Bay in that span. However, their best stretch came early on in the Lovie Smith era (2004-2008) when the Bears went 7-3-0. Overall, the Packers lead the series 99-95-6.
Nevertheless, under head coach Matt Nagy, the Bears are 1-3. The most recent matchup between these two teams was as memorable as they usually are.
On December 15th, 2019, a brutally cold day in Lambeau Field, the 7-6 Chicago Bears took on the 10-3 Green Bay Packers.
In this game, Akiem Hicks made his return from the injured reserve after suffering a gruesome elbow dislocation against the Raiders. However, he would suffer multiple setbacks during this game.
The first half was extremely uneventful as the Packers led the Bears 7-3 at the break. Oh yeah, the refs made a bogus fair catch inference call on Cordarrelle Patterson after he forced a fumble where no such fair catch was called. So you know… a typical Packers game.
The second half got off to a rocky start. The Packers scored on their early possessions to take a 21-3 lead. The Bears responded with a field goal of their own and cut the lead to 21-6.
Despite the offensive onslaught by the Packers, the Bears defense settled down and stymied Green Bay’s attack the rest of the way. They forced four three-and-outs out of their five subsequent drives. All five resulted in punts.
The Bears offense managed to show some signs of life by scoring a field goal and a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Chicago had cut Green Bay’s lead to 21-13.
Needing a touchdown and two-point conversion, the Bears had one last gasp with 0:36 left on the clock. Mitchell Trubisky led his offense 44 yards in 27 seconds with no timeouts.
Now with just 0:09 remaining in the game, the Bears had one last shot. Trubisky dumped the pass off to Tarik Cohen, who picked up 13 yards and then lateraled it back to Trubisky. Trubisky then fumbled it and picked up five yards before pitching it to Jesper Horsted, who picked up nine yards. Horsted coughed it up and the Packers recovered at their own seven-yard line. Game over. Chaos.
But wait…Bears had a chance to score. If only Horsted had lateraled the ball to Allen Robinson. Robinson was flanked to Horsted’s right and had nobody in front of him besides Anthony Miller to block.
It was another soul-crushing loss to the Packers. The Bears fell to 7-7 and their playoff hopes were squashed. At the hands of the Packers no less. Wash, rinse, repeat. What’s new?
There is no guarantee that the Bears would have even cashed in on the two-point conversion had they scored on the wild lateral play. Even if they had, who’s to say something bizarre wouldn’t have happened in overtime?