Every once in a while, a game comes along for every sports fan, including those in Green Bay Packers Nation, that gets notched into one’s mind forever.
For Packers fans, consider the Ice Bowl, Brett Favre‘s first win against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Packers of the mid- to late-1990s; Brett Favre’s game the day after his father died; and of course all four Super Bowl wins (though we try to forget the Super Bowl loss to the Broncos.
We can almost recite line and verse each and every play from all of these games. We were either live and on the spot or we were watching from the edges of our couches.
Add to those memories all of the games between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. The NFL’s longest-running and best rivalry, the Packers and Bears have gone head-to-head and toe-to-toe in so many match-ups. Just prior to this past weekend’s game, there was the three 2010 games, including the NFC Championship at Soldier Field. Add to that the game Nov. 4 at Lambeau Field when Aaron Rodgers fractured his clavicle and the Packers went into a tailspin, recording a 2-4-1 record without their all-world quarterback.
Then came last Sunday’s game. The storylines were thick: Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb would be back for the Packers, the winner would take the NFC North Division Crown and would host a home Wildcard Playoff game.
Bragging rights were on the line.
And while the Packers and Bears struggled back and forth for the 59 minutes of the game, it came down to a fourth and 8 play when … well, we know what happened. If you don’t, ask a Bears fan.
I came across this video yesterday that nearly had me in tears by the end. It portrays everything that’s great, not only about this particular game, but every Packers vs. Bears game that’s ever been played.
You should click below and give it a watch. You, too, will be better because you did so … enjoy.