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The Bears-Packer Rivalry (VIDEO)
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The Bears—Packers rivalry is the oldest rivalry between two professional American football teams in the National Football League (NFL).
The rivalry between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers began innocently on a mild November Sunday afternoon at Chicago’s Wrigley Field (then called Cubs Park) in 1921.
The Bears, then named the Staleys and one of the league’s founding teams, were ready to show the ropes to the Packers, who were in their inaugural NFL season (although they had existed as a pro football club since 1919).
Chicago pounded the Packers 20-0, and, for extra measure, Staleys guard John (Tarzan) Taylor threw a sucker punch that broke the nose of Packers tackle Howard (Cub) Buck. It was the opening bell in the start of a beautiful relationship.
For the past 80 years, the Bears-Packers series has had all the bitterness, intensity, and animosity normally associated with rivalries.
The two clubs have won a combined 21 NFL Championships (including 4 Super Bowls) and have 48 members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The rivalry began in 1921 and has grown to be the league’s longest rivalry with 180 regular season and post season games. With both clubs a part of the NFC North division, they play each other twice each regular season.