With their victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 13, the Green Bay Packers broke a tie with their longtime rivals for the NFL's all-time lead in regular season wins. With Sunday's 28-19 win in Chicago, the Packers have now won 787 regular season games, the most in the league's 103-year history. The win broke a tie with the Bears, who have 786.
Green Bay currently owns a record of 787-589-38. Founded by Curly Lambeau, the Packers began play 101 years ago. Lambeau led Green Bay to three straight NFL titles from 1929-31 and three more titles in 1933, 1939 and 1944. The Packers then went into a decade-plus long drought before the franchise was revived by Vince Lombardi, a former Giants defensive coordinator who guided the Packers to dominance in the 1960s. Green Bay won five titles in seven years under Lombardi that included the first two Super Bowls.
Chicago now owns an all-time record of 786-620-42. Founded by George Halas, Chicago has won championships in 1921 (its second year in existence), 1932 (its first title as an NFL team), 1933, 1940-41, 1943, 1946, 1963 and Super Bowl XX at the end of the 1985 season. The Bears are well-represented in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with 28 former players (who played the majority of their careers in Chicago) joining Halas and former Bears GM Jim Finks in Canton, Ohio.
Green Bay made the playoffs just two times 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, Holmgren's Packers reached back-to-back Super Bowls in the 1990s that included a win in Super Bowl XXXI. The Packers won the franchise's fourth Super Bowl in 2010 behind the play of Aaron Rodgers, despite dealing with thumb and rib injuries. Bears quarterback Justin Fields is also on track to play after missing Chicago's most recent game with a shoulder injury.
The Packers-Bears rivalry goes all the way back to 1921, when Halas' team blanked Lambeau's Packers in a late November showdown. The rivalry's momentum has gone back and fourth over the decades. Green Bay had its way with Chicago in the 1960s despite the Bears boasting a roster that included future Hall of Famers Mike Ditka, Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers.
Chicago, led by Walter Payton and the famed "46" defense, turned the tables in the 1980s, winning 10 of 11 matchups in the rivalry at one point. Green Bay has largely dominated the rivalry since the 1990s. The Packers are 47-16 against the Bears since Favre became Green Bay's starting quarterback. Including in that run of games was the Packers' 21-14 win in Chicago in the 2010 NFC Championship Game, the only postgame game ever played between the franchises.
The Packers have now won eight straight games in the rivalry. Green Bay's recent dominance prompted Rodgers in 2021 to claimafter scoring a rushing touchdown in Chicago. Rodgers led the Packers to yet another win over the Bears on Sunday after leading Green Bay to three unanswered scores in the fourth quarter.