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Cutler, Rivers get another shot at each other

The Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers will play on Monday Night Football (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN) in a game that will renew a rivalry between the Bears’ Jay Cutler and the Chargers’ Philip Rivers.

The two quarterbacks have started six games against each other -- five of them when Cutler was with the Broncos. Rivers and the Chargers won four of the first five matchups.

When Cutler was traded in 2009, Rivers said he was going to miss the budding rivalry.

"I think it was good for the division,” Rivers told ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson. “I really enjoyed it. People say now it will be a rivalry every four years or if we ever play Chicago in the Super Bowl. … It was fun. I'll miss it."

Here is a look back at some memorable moments between Cutler and Rivers and memorable games the two played against each other.

Dec. 24, 2007: Chargers 23, Broncos 3

With the game in hand for the Chargers, Cutler failed on a fourth-down pass in the fourth quarter. As Cutler walked off the field, he jawed with San Diego linebackers Shaun Phillips and Matt Wilhelm. Rivers came out to celebrate his defense and yelled “Atta baby!” which looked on TV as if it were directed at Cutler.

The Chargers said after the game that Cutler was engaging in a lot of trash talking and that Rivers wasn’t saying anything toward Cutler.

Sept. 14, 2008: Broncos 39, Chargers 38

The Broncos trailed 38-31 when Cutler dropped back to pass and had the ball slip out of his hands. Referee Ed Hochuli blew his whistle and called an incompletion, even though it appeared on replay as if it might have been a fumble.

The Broncos were given the ball back, and they scored on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Cutler to Eddie Royal with 24 seconds left. The Broncos went for two points instead, and Cutler again found Royal for the rare game-winning two-point score.

Dec. 28, 2008: Chargers 52, Broncos 21

This game decided the AFC West champion, completing an epic collapse by the Broncos, who had a three-game division lead with three weeks to go and failed to make the playoffs. The Chargers, on the other hand, became the first team to make the playoffs after starting 4-8 as they won their fourth consecutive game. Rivers was 15-of-20 for 207 yards and two touchdowns, whereas Cutler was 33-of-49 for 316 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Nov. 20, 2011: Bears 31, Chargers 20

Cutler, who was hit by Donald Butler during an interception return, suffered a broken thumb. Cutler finished the game but didn’t play another game that season. The Bears lost five straight games immediately after that injury and finished out of the playoffs with an 8-8 record after they started the season 7-3.

Monday’s game

Cutler has won three consecutive road starts on Monday Night Football.

Cutler ranks second with a 92.4 Total QBR on third down this season. He is one of four quarterbacks to average at least 10.0 yards per third-down attempt.

Rivers has 2,753 passing yards this season and is on pace for 5,506, which would break the single-season record of 5,477 set by Peyton Manning in 2013.

Rivers has five consecutive games with at least 300 passing yards and two touchdowns. In the past 15 seasons, the only players with longer streaks are Drew Brees (eight in succession from 2011 to 2012) and Manning (seven in the 2012 and 2013 seasons).

Each of the Bears’ past four games has been decided by three or fewer points (they won the first two, lost the last two).

The Bears have taken 41 offensive snaps with the lead this season, the fewest in the NFL. The Chargers have the fourth-fewest offensive plays run with the lead (69).

Alshon Jeffery has consecutive games with 100 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. In the Super Bowl era (since 1966), no Bears player has posted three consecutive games with 100 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.

The metrics

ESPN’s Football Power Index projects the Chargers as 71 percent likely to win.

The Chargers rank 11th in offensive efficiency with a rating of 54 (0-to-100 scale), and the Bears are 20th (44). The Bears are 29th and the Chargers 31st in defensive efficiency ranks.