On Sunday, Sept. 25, the Chicago Bears will host the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field.
It will be the first time the two teams have met since the NFC Championship Game, also played in Chicago. These two historic rivals always get the best from the other, and this weekend figures to be no exception.
Since their first meeting in 1920, the Bears and Packers have been one of the best rivalries in any professional sport. The two historic franchises have met over 180 times, more than any two teams in professional football history, with the Bears holding the historic advantage in the series.
So many Hall of Fame players have played in the rivalry, the list is too long to re-write. From George Halas and Curly Lambeau to Mike Ditka and Vince Lombardi, the great personalities start off the field. On the field, names like Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke, Don Hutson, Reggie White and, of course, Brett Favre have travelled from Green Bay to face the likes of Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, Sid Luckman, Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary.
Indeed, the NFC Championship trophy bears the name of Halas, and the Super Bowl trophy bears the name of Lombardi.
The Bears come into the game with a 1-1 record. They have scored 43 points in their two games, and their defense has recorded six sacks and forced three fumbles (all three of which the Bears have recovered).
Running back Matt Forte ranks ninth in the NFL with 207 receiving yards, and is tied for third in the NFL with 15 receptions through two games. His 162 total yards per game rank second among non-quarterbacks in the entire NFL.
The Bears defense is led, again, by linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs. Briggs has 15 tackles in two games, while Urlacher has 14 tackles, one interception, and a fumble return for a touchdown.
For the Packers, quarterback Aaron Rodgers comes in with five touchdowns and 620 passing yards in two games. Charles Woodson, the defending NFL Defensive Player of the Year, had two interceptions in last weekend's win against the Panthers.
The game is officially sold out, but some tickets are available at StubHub.com.