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It's the that time again! It's Packers week. The Chicago Bears take on the Green Bay Packers this Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Sunday Night affair will be their first of two regular season meetings.

The Bears enter the contest sporting a 1-0 record following their 19-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Meanwhile, the Packers come into this game at 0-1 after getting thoroughly handled by the Minnesota Vikings. 

This Week 2 game between these teams already feels like a pivotal point in the season. Especially for the Packers. Teams starting 0-2 historically do not reach the playoffs very often. 

History

The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have faced off a grand total of 204 times. Which also includes twice in the playoffs. As a result, the Packers hold a 103-95-6 lead over the Bears head-to-head, as well as outscoring them 1,610 to 1,509. 

The Packers dominance has only been recent. Well, the last three decades. They've quickly closed the gap and taken the lead over the Bears. In that time, the Packers have been blessed with two elite quarterbacks in Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Meanwhile, we all know the instability and carousel of QBs in Chicago. 

Previous Matchup

These two teams last met at Lambeau Field on December 12, 2021. The Week 14 battle came just eight weeks after Aaron Rodgers told the Bears and their fans at Soldier Field that he owned them

Nonetheless, coming into this one the Matt Nagy led Bears sported a record of 4-8. While the Matt LaFleur coached Packers were 9-3.  

First Quarter

The game itself got off to a slow start. The Bears and Packers each traded punts, respectively. Chicago began the game with a seven-play, 35-yard drive and Green Bay went three-and-out. Jakeem Grant returned a punt 34 yards, setting the Bears up with great field position in Packers territory.

Then, the Bears got the scoring started. They marched 39 yards on ten plays in 4:47. Ultimately, the Bears reached the Packers 5-yard line, but were stopped. That led to a 23-yard Cairo Santos field goal. Thus, giving the Bears a 3-0 lead. 

Following that, the Packers went 39 yards on seven plays in 4:31. However, the Bears defense made the stop and forced them to punt.

Second Quarter 

The second quarter saw scoring galore and it was non-stop action throughout. The Bears got it started with a six play, 89 yard drive that spanned 3:41. On this drive, Justin Fields shoveled a jet sweep pass to Jakeem Grant who took it 46-yards to pay dirt. Thus extending their lead to 10-0. 

Immediately after, the Packers replied to the Bears touchdown drive with one of their own. Allen Lazard hauled in a 2-yard TD from Aaron Rodgers. This finished an 11-play, 75-yard drive that went just a touch over five minutes and cut the Bears lead to 10-7. Unfortunately, on the following Bears drive, Fields was intercepted on the third play by Rasul Douglas. He returned it 55 yards to the house for a pick-6. This gave the Packers their first lead of the game at 14-10. 

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However, the Bears came right back with a three-play, 60-yard drive which spanned just a shade over a minute and a half. This time Fields found Damiere Byrd on a slant over the middle. Byrd took it 54 yards to the end zone and once again gave the Bears a lead, 17-14.

On the ensuing drive, Packers offense ran five plays and picked up 26 yards in 1:47 before punting the ball to the Bears. However, Jakeem Grant returned the punt 97-yards for a TD and widened the Bears lead to 24-14. 

That said, excitement was short-lived. The Packers struck back on a quick 4-play, 78-yard drive. Aaron Rodgers connected with Davante Adams for a 38-yard TD pass and cut the Bears lead back to three, 24-21. 

On the kick off, Khalil Herbert set up the Bears in prime position with a 42-yard return. Now, with just forty-four ticks on the clock, Fields marched the offense 32 yards on six plays, which led to a Santos 44-yard FG. At halftime, the Bears held a 27-21 lead. 

Third Quarter

Upon the opening of the second half, the Packers stormed 75 yards down the field on nine plays. They capped off the drive with 3-yard Aaron Jones TD run. As a result, the Packers regained the lead, 28-27. 

On the corresponding drive, Fields fumbled on the second play. It was Preston Smith who beat Teven Jenkins off the edge and knocked the ball out. Now, on the first play off the turnover, Rodgers floated a pass just over Bilal Nichols' hands to Aaron Jones for a 23-yard TD. The Packers lead grew to 35-27. 

In response, the Bears went three-and-out and punted the ball back to Green Bay. A seven-play, 46-yard drive by the Packers offense netted them three more points on a Mason Crosby 20-yard FG. Packers held a 38-27 lead.

At this time, both the Bears and Packers exchanged punts after three-and-out drives to close out the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter

The Bears opened up the final quarter by going three-and-out and punting the ball back to the Packers. In return, Green Bay put the final nail in the coffin. They marched 71 yards on thirteen plays and chewed 8:38 off the clock. As a result, Adams caught another TD pass from Rodgers. This time it was from 3 yards out to give them a 45-27 lead. 

In response, the Bears went on the most Matt Nagy drive of all time. A ten-play, 54-yard drive that spanned 3:11 resulted in a FG. Chicago cut the Packers lead to 45-30. Surprisingly, the Bears attempted and recovered an onside kick. However, on the fifth play, Fields was intercepted after the ball bounced off the hands of Allen Robinson. Thus, resulting in the Packers taking two knees and ending the game.

Once again, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears. This time by the score of 45-30. Good thing Nagy was having fun in the first half because the second half was a disaster.

Aftermath

As a result of the loss, the Bears record dropped to 4-9. In the final four games, they went 2-2 and finished the season 6-11 overall. They missed the playoffs and ultimately saw Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace fired. The Bears have since undergone a near complete roster overhaul. They're now led by GM Ryan Poles and HC Matt Eberflus.

As for the Packers, the win boosted their record to 10-3. They finished their final four games 3-1 and were 13-4 overall. In the playoffs, they earned themselves a first-round bye. Ultimately, the Packers season came to an abrupt and disappointing end with a 13-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round. Since then, the Packers have had some roster turnover themselves, especially with the receiving corps. Davante Adams is now with the Raiders, for example.

What's On Tap Next?

The Bears and Packers will battle again on Sunday Night Football at Lambeau Field. Will this year's result be different? Will it be more of the same? Nonetheless, it's time for one of the best rivalries in all of sports on Sunday night.