With the NFL celebrating its 100th Anniversary and rolling out All-Time players at each position, it’s only fitting we reflect back on some of the biggest and best Chicago Bears victories over the Green Bay Packers in each decade from the 1950’s to the present.

1950’s – 52-31 @ Wrigley Field   

On November 6, 1955 the Chicago Bears trounced the Green Bay Packers in what was at that time the highest scoring game in rivalry history in front of almost 49,000 fans. The Bears built up a 45-3 lead before calling off the dogs and allowing the Packers some late scores to make the game appear closer than it looked on the final scoreboard. The Bears rolled up 504 yards of total offense with Rick Casares (16-115-1 TD) and Bobby Watkins (14-115-2 TDs) leading the offensive onslaught. Wide receiver Harlan Hill added 5 receptions for 72 yards and 1 TD. After the season George Halas stepped away from the head coaching position only to return later in the decade to lead the team again.

1960’s – 26-7 @ Wrigley Field – November 17, 1963

This late season match-up saw the Bears and Packers come in with identical 8-1 records. The Bears dispatched the Packers behind 5 defensive interceptions and a ground and pound offensive attack. Willie Galimore (14-79-1 TD) and Billy Wade (6/14-92, 1 rushing TD) were all the offense the Bears needed this day. Both of Green Bay’s losses this season came at the hands of the Bears, who went on to defeat the New York Giants and claim the NFL Championship.

1970’s – 26-0 @ Lambeau Field – October 30, 1977

The 1970’s were a black hole the swallowed up any semblance of a proud Chicago Bears franchise from the previous three decades. It wasn’t until the drafting of arguably the most iconic Chicago Bear of all time in Walter Payton that their fate began to change. In the 1977 the Bears posted their first winning season in 10 years with a 9-5 regular season record which included a sweep of the Packers. 1977 was also the year Payton rushed for a league high 1852 yards including his then league record of 275 yards against the Minnesota Vikings. In this game he posted a 23-205 and 2 TDs line as the defense recorded 4 sacks of Lynn Dickey and Gary Fencik came away with an interception. This also marked the first postseason appearance for the Bears since 1963 where they fell to the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round.

1980’s – 61-7 @ Soldier Field – December 7, 1980

The 1980’s saw a resurgence of success and dominance by the Chicago Bears both against the Packers and the rest of the league. While there were several highlights against the Packers, starting with introducing the world to William “The Refrigerator” Perry on Monday Night Football as he served as a blocking back for Walter Payton on an early touchdown. Later in the game he scored his first touchdown much to the delight of the fans and the Monday Night Football announcing crew. The 80’s also gave us the infamous Charles Martin game, where his slamming of Jim McMahon to the Soldier Field turf, separated McMahon’s shoulder ending his season and derailing his career. Martin earned a 2 game suspension (the most in league history at the time) and somehow managed to escape Soldier Field without harm from the crowd or Bears sideline.

The biggest victory in the 80’s is still the largest margin of victory in the series when the Bears destroyed the Packers 61-7. After the game Packers Head Coach Bart Starr raced across the field to voice his displeasure in the Bears (specifically Buddy Ryan) blitzing while the Bears were leading 48-7. Later on Bill Tobin, who was the Bears VP of player personnel had been tasked with decoding the Packers signals to the quarterback. As it was, Tobin had been fired by Bart Starr when Starr was named Packers head coach in 1975 and Tobin took delight in having a hand in embarrassing their longtime rival. Tobin later admitted that they wanted, “to score 100 points” with Dan Hampton adding, “It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of pricks.” The offense had 594 total yards of offense led by Vince Evans’ line of 18-22-316 – 2 TDs. Walter Payton went 22-130 – 3 TDs and Rickey Watts hauled in 4 receptions for 126 yards and 1 score. The defense had 2 sacks, 2 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery as Green Bay never had a chance.

1990’s – 14-13 – Lambeau Field – November 7, 1999

While the 80’s was one of the most successful in Bears history, the opposite can be said for 90’s. Soon after Mike Ditka was fired in 1992 the Bears were mired in mediocrity under Dave Wannstedt and Dick Jauron until Lovie Smith took over in 2004. In the 90’s under Wannstedt and Jauron the Bears never finished better than 9-7 (Jauron’s 13-3 record came in 2001). It was a not only a decade to forget, but most likely is the one that turned the joyous and jovial Bears faithful into the pessimistic group that raises its head at the first sign of difficulty now-a-days. The arrival of Brett Favre to Green Bay helped in the Packers domination of the Bears in the 90’s. This particular Packers game carried more significance as it was the first game the team played after the death of the great Walter Payton. While the Bears came into the game as 9 point underdogs, they played with fervor and passion, but it was Bryan Robinson’s block of Ryan Longwell field goal attempt that sealed the win for the Bears and left many wondering if there was any divine intervention at play.

2000’s – 26-0 @ Lambeau Field – Sept 10, 2006

Lovie Smith was hired as Head Coach of the Chicago Bears in 2004 and in his 3rd season he guided the Bears to the Super Bowl. The first game of the 2006 season saw the Bears manhandle an aging Brett Favre and the Packers. The game was highlighted by a 49 yard bomb from Rex Grossman to Bernard Berrian, 4 field goals from Robbie Gould, and the 1st punt return for a touchdown by Devin Hester who was in his rookie season of what would turn out to be a Hall of Fame career. The defense harassed Favre all day with Charles Tillman and Danieal Manning coming up with interceptions and Lance Briggs, Mark Anderson, and Alex Brown registering sacks. Briggs also led the defense with 9 tackles and 1 tackle for loss.

2010’s – 24-17 @ Soldier Field – December 16, 2018

Matt Nagy’s arrival in Chicago not only brought back excitement and optimism to the Chicago Bears, but especially against the Packers. Mitch Trubisky led a balanced offensive attack going 20-28-235, 2 TDs, with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen leading a rushing attack that netted 100 yards on 29 carriers and 1 TD. The defense swarmed on Aaron Rodgers all day and finished with 5 sacks led my Khalil Mack’s 2.5 and Leonard Floyd’s 2. Mack and Floyd both had 2 tackles for loss and Roquan Smith garnered 10 tackles as the Bears eliminated the Packers from the playoffs and sealed the NFC North Championship for the Bears.

Our Chicago Bears have provided us multitude of lasting memories over the years. As we look back and reflect on specific Packer victories, we can’t help but be excited and giddy about not only this week’s game, but many games from this point forward. The 2019 season may be one to forget, but the prospect of beating down the Packers in Lambeau should have EVERY Bears fan clamoring for gameday and putting a good ol fashioned @$$ whuppin on the Cheeseheads. BEAR DOWN BABY!!!!