Friday, January 14th, 2011

A Legendary Championship Game

Generally speaking, when one team is good, the other is dreadful. I'm talking about the long-time football rivalry between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. The outcomes of the NFC playoff games this Saturday and Sunday could set up an NFC Championship Game between the two arch rivals. These two teams haven't matched up with each other during the postseason with so much on the line for a substantial amount of time.

In fact, it's only happened once. Once in 1941.

Yes, there was life before the Super Bowl era. At the conclusion of the 1941 NFL season, the Bears and Packers found themselves tied atop the old Western Division with 10-1 records. This lead to the first divisional playoff game in league history. The teams locked horns at Wrigley Field for the chance to play the winners of the Eastern Division, the New York Giants in the NFL Championship Game. In their lone playoff match up, the Bears beat the Packers 33-14. The Bears would proceed to defeat the Giants 37-9 and be crowned champions of the NFL.

Before we look ahead, both teams still need to play this weekend. On Saturday, the Packers will travel to Georgia to play the Atlanta Falcons, the top seeded team in the NFC. On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will travel to Chicago to play the Bears. The Bears are the second seed in the NFC and will battle the team with a losing record. If the Bears and Packers win this weekend, the NFC Championship Game will be played in Chicago at Solider Field.

It has been a long time for The Monsters of the Midway a.k.a. The Staley Bears. What is a Staley?
BeanCounter37   Saturday, January 15, 2011
George Halas used to work in Decatur, Illinois at the Staley Corporation. The first year the Bears were in existence, they were called the Decatur Staleys.
Bill Pearch   Saturday, January 15, 2011
The Packers did their part.
Bill Pearch   Saturday, January 15, 2011
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