MNF Breakdown: Packers-Bears
By Mike Diegnan
ABC Sports Online

It is the NFL's most-played rivalry, and is still one of its best. The Packers and Bears conjure up memories of Lombardi and Halas, and in recent days, Favre and Payton.

William Perry
The Fridge scored in Super Bowl XX, a few months after his debut in the backfield against the Packers.
On Monday night, they will stage their seventh battle on Monday Night Football (ABC, 9 p.m. ET), and there have been memorable moments in the first six. In 1985, the world was introduced to William "The Refrigerator" Perry when the 300-pound rookie defensive tackle lined up in the backfield at the Packers' 2-yard line and ran over Packers' linebacker George Cumby to help Walter Payton score. Less than five minutes later, the Bears were at the Packers 1, and this time, the ball was handed off to Perry, who bowled his way in. Perry later added another crushing block of Cumby to lead Payton to another score in the Bears' 23-7 win.

Ten years later, Brett Favre went to the other extreme, hitting Robert Brooks on a 99-yard touchdown pass during the Packers' 27-24 win.

But the one game that strikes the fancy of many Packers and Bears fans the most is a Monday night encounter on Halloween in 1994 when 47,381 fans braved monsoon-like conditions to see the Bears retire Dick Butkus' and Gale Sayers' numbers. The two would have loved playing in this Monday night encounter; Butkus the old-fashioned, hard-hitting linebacker, Sayers a spectacular mudder who once scored six touchdowns against San Francisco on a muddy field. And the Bears could have used the two Hall of Famers.

Packers-Bears games on MNF
Date Site Winner
Oct. 21, 1974 Chicago Bears 10-9
Oct. 21, 1985 Chicago Bears 23-7
Sept. 22, 1986 Green Bay Bears 26-12
Oct. 31, 1994 Chicago Packers 33-6
Sept. 11, 1995 Chicago Packers 27-24
Sept. 1, 1997 Green Bay Packers 38-24

By halftime, Chicago was down 14-0 despite the fact that Brett Favre didn't complete a pass (he was 0-for-7 until midway through the third quarter). But Favre led the Pack on its ground attack, which rolled up 223 yards and didn't turn the ball over once.

Up 7-0 midway through the second quarter, Favre took it himself on a bootleg from the Chicago 36. Rather than pitch it to Edgar Bennett, the fourth-year quarterback faked left and went right. Darting down the sideline behind Bennett and tight end Ed West, he reached the goal line untouched until he faced Jeremy Lincoln, who he hurdled to reach the end zone.

Favre didn't have to do much more after that. Even though he completed just 6-of-15 passes for 82 yards, the Bears killed any chance of rallying by turning the ball over five times. Bennett put the game out of reach with two touchdowns in the second half en route to the 33-6 Packers win.

This Monday night, it is supposed to be clear, but once again, expect the Bears and Packers to light up the sky with first place in the NFC North on the line.

MNF record
Green Bay: 18-18-1 (2-0 last season)
Chicago: 16-28 (0-0 last season)

Season record
Green Bay: 3-1 (1st, NFC North)
Chicago: 2-2 (2nd, NFC North)

Head-to-head
  • Chicago leads the all-time regular-season series 83-73-6, and has won the only postseason meeting, a 33-14 win in the 1941 Division Playoff.
  • Green Bay won both meetings last year, 20-12 in Chicago and 17-7 in Green Bay.

    Notes
  • 69 of the 162 meetings between the Packers and Bears have been decided by seven points or less.
  • Brett Favre will be making his 162nd consecutive start. He is 16-4 against Chicago during the streak, his most victories against any club. He has thrown for 4,719 yards, 39 touchdowns and 20 interceptions against the Bears.
  • If Favre throws for 262 yards on Monday night in his 166th game, he will become the third fastest in history to 40,000 yards. Dan Marino did it in 153 and Warren Moon in 165. Five touchdown passes would give Favre 300 TD passes, which has only been accomplished by Marino (420), Fran Tarkenton (342) and John Elway (300).
  • The Packers are 11-0 when Ahman Green rushes for 100 yards. They have been limited to fewer than 100 yards rushing in three straight games.
  • The Bears' Roosevelt Colvin has had at least 0.5 sack in eight straight games.
  • The Bears have not allowed a sack in eight of their last 20 contests dating back to '01.

    Green Bay vs. Chicago
    OFFENSE
    Points/G (rank)
    27.8 (7)
    22.8 (17)
    Rushing/G (rank)
    125.0 (13)
    90.8 (19)
    Passing/G (rank)
    270.2 (5)
    210.0 (18)
    Total Offense/G (rank)
    395.2 (4)
    300.8 (23)
    1st downs/G (rank)
    21.5 (8)
    17.2 (22)
    3rd down eff. (rank)
    25-60, 41.7% (15)
    23-55, 41.8% (14)
    4th down eff. (rank)
    1-3, 33.3% (19)
    1-1, 100% (1)
    DEFENSE
    Points/G (rank)
    17.7 (11)
    17.5 (10)
    Rushing/G (rank)
    140.0 (27)
    109.5 (20)
    Passing/G (rank)
    193.5 (10)
    224.8 (22)
    Total Defense/G (rank)
    333.5 (18)
    334.2 (20)
    Sacks (rank)
    10 (11)
    8 (16)
    MISC.
    Takeaways (rank)
    11 (2)
    10 (4)
    Giveaways (rank)
    9 (24)
    6 (11)
    Turnover ratio (rank)
    +2 (12)
    +4 (5)
    Penalties (rank)
    32 (28)
    23 (11)
    Penalty yards (rank)
    259 (25)
    216 (16)

    Passing
    PACKERS CMP ATT YDS CMP% LNG TD INT SACK RAT
    Brett Favre 103 159 1111 64.8 42 8 3 8 94.1
    BEARS CMP ATT YDS CMP% LNG TD INT SACK RAT
    Jim Miller 77 128 864 60.2 54 7 3 3 88.8

    Rushing
    PACKERS ATT YDS AVG LNG TD
    Ahman Green 61 309 5.1 38 0
    Najeh Davenport 27 104 3.9 14 0
    BEARS ATT YDS AVG LNG TD
    Anthony Thomas 95 288 3.0 24 2
    Leon Johnson 8 45 5.6 13 0

    Receiving
    PACKERS REC YDS AVG LNG TD
    Donald Driver 21 320 15.2 31 4
    Terry Glenn 16 213 13.3 42 1
    Bubba Franks 15 115 7.7 19 1
    BEARS REC YDS AVG LNG TD
    Marty Booker 25 425 17.0 54 2
    Dez White 10 119 11.9 23 1

    Returns
    Kickoffs
    Punts
    PACKERS ATT YDS FC AVG LNG TD ATT YDS FC AVG LNG TD
    Javon Walker 10 240 0 24.0 55 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Darrien Gordon 2 36 0 18.0 19 0 14 58 3 4.1 27 0
    BEARS ATT YDS FC AVG LNG TD ATT YDS FC AVG LNG TD
    Leon Johnson 12 201 0 16.8 30 0 9 91 4 10.1 23 0
    Rabih Abdullah 8 182 0 22.8 35 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0

    Kicking
    PACKERS 1-20 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ TOT PCT AVG LNG XPM/A PTS
    Ryan Longwell 0/0 2/2 4/4 3/4 0/0 9/10 90.0 36.0 47 12/12 39
    BEARS 1-20 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ TOT PCT AVG LNG XPM/A PTS
    Paul Edinger 0/0 3/3 1/1 3/4 0/2 7/10 70.0 35.0 49 10/10 31

    Punting
    PACKERS PUNTS YDS AVG LNG TB IN20 NET
    Josh Bidwell 18 789 43.8 57 1 10 33.7
    BEARS PUNTS YDS AVG LNG TB IN20 NET
    Brad Maynard 21 853 40.6 55 0 7 38.4

    Mike Diegnan is the editor of ABC Sports Online and can be reached at michael.diegnan@abc.com.

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