GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Packers have won eight straight games at Soldier Field putting the total tally of the NFL’s oldest rivalry at 97-94-6 in the series (including playoffs).
The Week 15 match-up between the Packers and Bears at Soldier Field holds great significance for both teams. A Green Bay win helps to continue the 5-7-1 Packers a step closer to a playoff Wild Card berth which remains a long shot.
While a win for the Chicago Bears will clinch an NFC North Division championship for the first time since 2010. The last time the Bears beat the Packers at Soldier Field was also in 2010.
“It would mean a lot, it's something that this city hasn't seen in a while. And we're just bringing that winning mentality back. You know we hate the Packers with all of us, I know the fans, they hate them as well. So when we go out there it is going to be like a playoff environment I think,” Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller said.
This will mark the second time the two teams will play this season. Green Bay won in week one 24-23 behind a comeback fueled by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. After injuring his knee in the second quarter, Rodgers returned in the second half leading the Packers back from being down 20-0.
Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday he wants his team to remember how the team’s loss felt.
“You always remember all your losses way more than you remember your wins -- and they sting. Especially when you had the lead like we did. We didn’t finish like we needed to – so they remember that. I want them to feel that. I want them to remember that because some times when you have the success that we’ve had you can forget that sting and I don’t want them to forget that,” Nagy said.
Green Bay has won four-in-a-row at Chicago in December and eight straight at Soldier Field.
"You know, everybody hasn't experienced that. Guys like [Akiem Hicks], Danny Trevathan, Kyle Fuller, we've experienced those moments where we felt like we should have won against the Packers at home, so we got to have that chip on our shoulder as far as the guys that have been there before, but for everyone else it's a new experience right and they get to approach it just like it's another team and go out there and play our best football," Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks said.
“We’ve won eight-in-a-row so I’m not talking trash to their squad or Akiem (Hicks) or anything that’s just the facts,” Rodgers said Wednesday.
The Packers will need a lot of games to go their way including while also winning the team’s final three games. WBAY’s sports reporter Dave Schroeder highlighted the path Green Bay will need to make the playoffs:
PACKERS NEED THIS TO HAPPEN
- Packers win final three games and they need the following teams to lose the # of games in parenthesis:
Washington (1) - @JAX, @TEN, VS PHI
Philadelphia (1) - @LAR, VS HOU, @WAS
Carolina (1) – VS NO, VS ATL, @NO
+ 1 of the below must happen
Minnesota (2) – VS MIA, @DET, VS CHI
Seattle (3) - @SF, VS KC, VS AZ
But does Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers pay attention to the scenarios?
“(Rodgers) I do know, look of course, I'm a competitor and I know what's going on. I'm aware of what the scores are; there have been a number of games that have needed to go our way and they have all gone our way. Hopefully that continues and we find a way to win out, and we'll see what happens.
(Reporter) You have seen enough stuff since your time here to know that crazy things happen, right?
(Rodgers) Maybe not as crazy as this would be, but pretty crazy."