Winner of the Packers-Bears showdown in Week 13 to claim the title of highest-grossing NFL franchise of all time

While it may not have much meaning in the playoffs, Sunday’s game between the Packers and the Bears carries a lot of weight in NFL history. The winner will have sole ownership of the most consistent winning season in the NFL’s 103-year history, a statistic courtesy of the CBS Sports research team. The franchises are currently tied for the all-time lead with 786 wins apiece.

Chicago goes into Sunday’s Week 13 game with an all-time record of 786-619-42. Founded by George Halas, Chicago has won championships in 1921 (its sophomore year), 1932 (its first title as an NFL team), 1933, 1940-41, 1943, 1946, 1963 and at the end of the Super Bowl XX season in 1985 The Bears are well represented in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with 28 former players (who played most of their careers in Chicago) and former Bears GM Jim Finks in Canton, Ohio.

Green Bay currently holds a record of 786-589-38. The Packers were founded by Curly Lambeau and started playing 101 years ago. Lambeau led Green Bay to three straight NFL titles from 1929 to 1931, and three more titles in 1933, 1939 and 1944. The Packers then endured a more than decade-long drought before the franchise was taken over by Vince Lombardi, a former Giants defensive coordinator , was revived and led the Packers to dominance in the 1960s. Green Bay won five titles in seven years under Lombardi, including the first two Super Bowls.

Green Bay only made the playoffs twice between Super Bowl II and the time Mike Holmgren became the team’s coach in 1992. With Brett Favre and Reggie White headlining a talented roster, the Holmgrens Packers reached back-to-back Super Bowls throughout the 1990s, including a win in Super Bowl XXXI. The Packers won the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl in 2010 behind the game of Aaron Rodgers. who plans to play in the Sunday game despite thumb and rib injuries. Bears quarterback Justin Fields is also on course to play after missing Chicago’s last game with a shoulder injury.

The Packers-Bears rivalry dates back to 1921 when Halas’ team defeated Lambeau’s Packers in a showdown in late November. The dynamic of the rivalry has gone back and forth over the decades. Green Bay caught on with Chicago in the 1960s, although the Bears had a roster that included future Hall of Famers Mike Ditka, Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers.

Chicago, led by Walter Payton and the famous “46” defense, turned the tables in the 1980s, winning at one point 10 of 11 matchups in the rivalry. Green Bay has largely dominated the rivalry since the 1990s. The Packers are 46-16 against the Bears since Favre became Green Bay’s starting quarterback. That string of games included the Packers’ 21-14 win in Chicago in the 2010 NFC Championship Game, the only postgame game ever played between the franchises.

The Packers enter Sunday’s game after winning seven straight games in the rivalry, prompting Rodgers to assert himself in 2021 that he “owns” the bears. after scoring a quick touchdown in Chicago. Technically, he may not own the Bears, but Rodgers can help the Packers hold the all-time winning record against longtime rivals Green Bay with a win Sunday in the Windy City.

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