This is the longest running rivalry in NFL history, dating back to 1921. And quite frankly, these two franchises just don’t like each other. The 1924 game featured the first players ejections for fighting during a game in league history. Thus, a rivalry was born.
Some of the greatest players and teams the game has ever seen have played in this rivalry. They have both combined for 22 NFL championships, and they have 65 former players enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Two major trophies are named after coaches in this rivalry — longtime Bears coach George Halas has the Halas Trophy for the NFC championship winner and former Packers coach Vince Lombardi has the Lombardi Trophy for the team that wins the Super Bowl.
This rivalry is more than some of the greatest accomplishments in league history. Much of this rivalry has been get-down-and-dirty football, fought in the trenches, and featured some of the toughest players in history, such as Bronko Nagurski, Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, Brian Urlacher, Ray Nitschke, Jerry Kramer, Reggie White and Clay Matthews.
In the end, players and coaches alike will tell you that the beauty of this rivalry is that it was built on mutual respect.