Bears–Vikings rivalry

The Bears–Vikings rivalry is an NFL rivalry between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings.

It began when the Vikings entered the league as an expansion team in 1961. The first time these two teams met, the Vikings stunned the Bears 37–13 in Minnesota. Both teams are members of the NFC North, and play at least twice a year. The rivalry is known for having had many offensive-oriented contests, and also several surprising results. The Vikings lead the overall series 60–54–2. The teams have met once in the postseason, a 35–18 Bears win in the 1994 Wild Card Round.

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Chicago Bears
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Minnesota Vikings
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Notable Moments

  • The first meeting between the two teams occurred on September 17, 1961. The upstart Vikings upset the dominant Bears 37–13 in the Vikings' first game as a franchise.
  • On October 27, 1968, with :03 left in the game, the Vikings led the Bears 24–23 at Wrigley Field. Bears kicker Mac Percival booted a 47-yard game-winning field goal to give the Bears the 26–24 win.[1]
  • On November 28, 1982, the Bears visited the Vikings for their first gmeeting in the Metrodome. Vikings quarterback Tommy Kramer threw for five touchdown passes, and the Vikings dominated the Bears 35–7.
  • In their 1985 Super Bowl run, the Bears met the Vikings in Minnesota for a Thursday Night game on September 19, 1985.[2] The Bears, struggling on offense, trailed 17–9 at the start of the third quarter. Bears' QB Jim McMahon convinced coach Mike Ditka to let him play and stepped in the game, having had back spasms prior to the game. On his first throw, McMahon launched a 70-yard touchdown pass, threw a 25-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the next Bears possession to take the lead, and led the Bears to score a third touchdown on the next series. The Bears ended up winning the game 33–24, in a game sometimes called 'The Viking Miracle'. Later in the season, the Bears would again beat the Vikings at Chicago, 27–9.
  • On October 4, 1992, the Mike Ditka-coached Bears visited Minneapolis and dominated the Vikings for three quarters. Leading 20–0 with the ball in the fourth quarter, Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh audibled out of a run play and threw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted by Vikings defensive back Todd Scott and returned for a 35-yard touchdown. Afterward, Ditka was seen on the sidelines screaming at Harbaugh over the mistake, which the Vikings would use as an emotional springboard to two more fourth quarter touchdowns – a total of 21 unanswered fourth quarter points and a 21–20 victory for Minnesota. The Bears, who were 2–2 prior to this game, stumbled to a 5–11 record and Ditka was fired as Bears coach following the season.
  • On January 1, 1995, the Bears met the Vikings in the Metrodome for their first and, as of 2018, only time in their history together. Despite being swept in the regular season by the Vikings, the Bears beat the Vikings 35–18 in the game, winning the post-season meeting.
  • On October 14, 2007, the Bears hosted the Vikings at Soldier Field. The game was scoreless until Devin Hester returned a punt for an 89-yard touchdown with two minutes left in the first quarter. On the final play of the first quarter, Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Troy Williamson. Bears QB Brian Griese threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns and two interceptions, while the Vikings, behind rookie RB Adrian Peterson's 224 rushing yards and three scores, gained 311 rushing yards. The Vikings had a 31–17 lead with five minutes to go in regulation, but two Griese touchdowns tied the game with 1:38 left in the game. The Vikings Ryan Longwell kicked a 55-yard field goal on the final play for a 34–31 Vikings win.
  • The highest scoring match-up in the two clubs' history came on October 19, 2008, at Soldier Field. The Bears won 48–41 as Kyle Orton threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns, while the Vikings' Gus Frerotte had 298 passing yards and two touchdowns but threw four interceptions, the last coming in the final two minutes. The Bears scored twice off botched Vikings punts; Garrett Wolfe ran in a 17-yard score off a blocked punt in the first quarter, while in the second the Vikings dropped a punt snap and Zackary Bowman fell on it in the endzone for a Bears touchdown.
  • En route to the 2008 division title, the Vikings on November 30, 2008, hosted the Bears, and broke out of a close contest with a 99-yard touchdown catch by Vikings former Bear Bernard Berrian in the second quarter. The Vikings won 34–14 as Gus Frerotte threw for 201 yards and Adrian Peterson rushed for 131.
  • The 11–3 Vikings traveled to Soldier Field on December 28, 2009, for a Monday Night Football match-up with the 5–9 Bears. The Bears manhandled the Vikings in the game's first half, forcing a Brett Favre fumble and scoring on three Robbie Gould field goals and a seven-yard Jay Cutler touchdown to Greg Olsen. Adrian Peterson rushed in a six-yard touchdown in the third but the extra point was no good, and another Cutler touchdown (to Desmond Clark) put the score at 23–6 entering the fourth. Favre had never won a game (in 42 previous tries) in which his team trailed by at least 17 points, but Favre connected with Visanthe Shiancoe in the third, then after a Ryan Longwell field goal Peterson ran in a second touchdown for a 23-23 tie. The Bears clawed downfield and Cutler found Earl Bennett in the endzone, then Favre, on fourth and goal, hit Sidney Rice in the final thirty seconds to tie the game at 30. Gould missed a field goal in overtime, but Peterson caught a Favre pass and then fumbled to the Bears at Minnesota's 39-yard line. Cutler then found Devin Aromashodu for a deep touchdown, ending the game in a wild 36–30 Bears win.
  • The scheduled December 20, 2010 meeting at the Metrodome was moved to TCF Bank Stadium after a snowstorm punctured the inflatable roof and caused a collapse. The Bears clinched the NFC North title by beating the Vikings 40–14. Devin Hester broke a tie with Brian Mitchell for most return touchdowns by scoring on a 66-yard punt, the league-record 14th of his career, while Jay Cutler threw for 194 yards and three touchdowns. Brett Favre, initially ruled out of the game, suited up and started, but after a touchdown in the first quarter he was sacked and thrown head-first to the ground; he left the game and did not return.[3]
  • On September 15, 2013, the Bears and Vikings met each other in Week 2 of the 2013 season for a division match-up, the first under new Bears head coach Marc Trestman. Viking Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown. Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler followed it up with two touchdown passes (to Martellus Bennett and Brandon Marshall) to take a 14–7 lead. A Cutler fumble was returned by Brian Robinson 61 yards for a Vikings touchdown. Tim Jennings of the Bears intercepted Vikings' quarterback Christian Ponder for 44 yards to take the lead. Ponder was able to throw a touchdown to tie the game. Robbie Gould kicked a 20-yard field goal for a 24–21 Bears lead at halftime. In the second half, Blair Walsh kicked three field goals for the Vikings, putting them ahead 30–24. With just 10 seconds left in the game, Jay Cutler threw the game-winning touchdown to Martellus Bennett to win 31–30. The win improved the Bears' record to 2–0 while it dropped the Vikings to 0–2.
  • On December 1, 2013, the Bears and the Vikings played in a rematch which turned into an overtime thriller. The Bears were missing Cutler due to an injury (Josh McCown played in his place), and Ponder would also get injured early in game, making way for backup Matt Cassel. McCown would play well, leading his team to a 20–10 lead with two TD passes to Alshon Jeffery. However, Cassel and his team responded to that deficit with a reception by Greg Jennings and tied the game with a Blair Walsh field goal with little time to retaliate in the 4th. The Bears tried an improbable 66 yard field goal just following a Devin Hester run which set it up. The kick fell short and land in the hands of Patterson, who tried to make a run of his own which did not go far, and the game went into overtime. Walsh successfully kicked a 39-yard field goal for the Vikings, but his score was negated after a facemask penalty, and he missed a 57-yard field goal thereafter. The Bears tried a 47-yard field goal on 2nd down to win the game quickly, but the ball sailed too far to the right, ending their drive. Once the Vikings got the ball back, they set up a 34-yard field goal for Walsh, which would end up winning the game for the Vikings.[4]
  • On December 30, 2018, the 11–4 Bears met the 8–6–1 Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in a game with playoff implications. If the Bears won and the Rams lost, the Bears would get the second seed and a first-round bye by virtue of head-to-head tiebreaker. If the Vikings won, they would be in the playoffs as the sixth seed and earn the final playoff spot over the Eagles also by virtue of head-to-head tiebreaker. The Bears would win 24-10 behind 109 yards rushing and two touchdowns from running back Jordan Howard, eliminating the Vikings and allowing the Eagles to clinch the sixth seed following their win. However, because the Rams won their game, the Bears would not get a first-round bye and ended up losing to the Eagles in the wild-card round.[5][6]

Game Results

Bears Victory Vikings Victory Tied Game Post Season Meeting

1960s (Bears 11–5–2)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location Series
1961 September 17 Minnesota Vikings 37–13 Chicago Bears 32,236 Bloomington, Minnesota 1–0–0 MIN
1961 December 17 Chicago Bears 52–35 Minnesota Vikings 34,539 Chicago, Illinois 1–1–0
1962 October 7 Chicago Bears 13–0 Minnesota Vikings 26,907 Bloomington, Minnesota 2–1–0 CHI
1962 November 11 Chicago Bears 31–30 Minnesota Vikings 46,984 Chicago, Illinois 3–1–0 CHI
1963 September 22 Chicago Bears 28–7 Minnesota Vikings 33,923 Bloomington, Minnesota 4–1–0 CHI
1963 December 1 17–17 47,249 Chicago, Illinois 4–1–1 CHI
1964 September 20 Chicago Bears 28–7 Minnesota Vikings 33,923 Bloomington, Minnesota 5–1–1 CHI
1964 December 13 Minnesota Vikings 41–14 Chicago Bears 46,486 Chicago, Illinois 5–2–1 CHI
1965 October 17 Chicago Bears 45–37 Minnesota Vikings 47,426 Bloomington, Minnesota 6–2–1 CHI
1965 December 19 Minnesota Vikings 24–17 Chicago Bears 46,604 Chicago, Illinois 6–3–1 CHI
1966 October 2 Chicago Bears 13–10 Minnesota Vikings 47,426 Bloomington, Minnesota 7–3–1 CHI
1966 December 18 Chicago Bears 41–28 Minnesota Vikings 45,191 Chicago, Illinois 8–3–1 CHI
1967 October 1 Chicago Bears 17–7 Minnesota Vikings 44,868 Bloomington, Minnesota 9–3–1 CHI
1967 December 10 10–10 40,110 Chicago, Illinois 9–3–2 CHI
1968 September 29 Chicago Bears 27–17 Minnesota Vikings 47,644 Bloomington, Minnesota 10–3–2 CHI
1968 October 27 Chicago Bears 26–24 Minnesota Vikings 46,562 Chicago, Illinois 11–3–2 CHI
1969 October 12 Minnesota Vikings 31–0 Chicago Bears 45,757 Chicago, Illinois 11–4–2 CHI
1969 November 2 Minnesota Vikings 31–14 Chicago Bears 47,900 Bloomington, Minnesota 11–5–2 CHI

1970s (Vikings 15–5)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location Series
1970 October 11 Minnesota Vikings 24–0 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 11–6–2 CHI
1970 December 5 Minnesota Vikings 16–13 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota 11–7–2 CHI
1971 September 26 Chicago Bears 20–17 Minnesota Vikings Bloomington, Minnesota 12–7–2 CHI
1971 November 14 Minnesota Vikings 27–10 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 12–8–2 CHI
1972 October 23 Chicago Bears 13–10 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 13–8–2 CHI
1972 December 3 Minnesota Vikings 23–10 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota 13–9–2 CHI
1973 September 23 Minnesota Vikings 22–13 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 13–10–2 CHI
1973 December 8 Minnesota Vikings 31–13 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota 13–11–2 CHI
1974 September 29 Minnesota Vikings 11–7 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota 13–12–2 CHI
1974 November 3 Minnesota Vikings 17–0 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 13–13–2
1975 October 5 Minnesota Vikings 28–3 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota 14–13–2 MIN
1975 October 27 Minnesota Vikings 13–9 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 15–13–2 MIN
1976 October 10 Minnesota Vikings 20–19 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota 16–13–2 MIN
1976 October 31 Chicago Bears 14–13 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 16–14–2 MIN
1977 October 16 Minnesota Vikings 22–16 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota 17–14–2 MIN
1977 November 20 Chicago Bears 10–7 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 17–15–2 MIN
1978 September 25 Minnesota Vikings 24–20 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 18–15–2 MIN
1978 November 12 Minnesota Vikings 17–14 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota 19–15–2 MIN
1979 September 9 Chicago Bears 26–7 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 19–16–2 MIN
1979 October 21 Minnesota Vikings 30–27 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota 20–16–2 MIN

1980s (Bears 10–9)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location Series
1980 September 21 Minnesota Vikings 34–14 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 21–16–2 MIN
1980 October 12 Minnesota Vikings 13–7 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota 22–16–2 MIN
1981 October 4 Minnesota Vikings 24–21 Chicago Bears Bloomington, Minnesota 23–16–2 MIN
1981 December 6 Chicago Bears 10–9 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 23–17–2 MIN
1982 November 28 Minnesota Vikings 35–7 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 24–17–2 MIN
1983 October 9 Minnesota Vikings 23–14 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 25–17–2 MIN
1983 December 11 Chicago Bears 19–13 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota 25–18–2 MIN
1984 October 28 Chicago Bears 16–7 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 25–19–2 MIN
1984 November 25 Chicago Bears 34–3 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota 25–20–2 MIN
1985 September 19 Chicago Bears 33–24 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota 25–21–2 MIN
1985 October 27 Chicago Bears 27–9 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 25–22–2 MIN
1986 October 5 Chicago Bears 23–0 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 25–23–2 MIN
1986 October 19 Minnesota Vikings 23–7 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 26–23–2 MIN
1987 October 11 Chicago Bears 27–7 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 26–24–2 MIN
1987 December 6 Chicago Bears 30–24 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota 26–25–2 MIN
1988 September 18 Minnesota Vikings 31–7 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 27–25–2 MIN
1988 December 19 Minnesota Vikings 28–27 Chicago, Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 28–25–2 MIN
1989 September 17 Chicago Bears 38–7 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 28–26–2 MIN
1989 December 3 Minnesota Vikings 27–16 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 29–26–2 MIN

1990s (Vikings 13–8)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location Series
1990 September 23 Chicago Bears 19–16 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 29–27–2 MIN
1990 November 25 Minnesota Vikings 41–13 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 30–27–2 MIN
1991 September 1 Chicago Bears 10–6 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 30–28–2 MIN
1991 November 11 Chicago Bears 34–17 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota 30–29–2 MIN
1992 October 4 Minnesota Vikings 21–20 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 31–29–2 MIN
1992 November 2 Minnesota Vikings 38–10 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 32–29–2 MIN
1993 September 12 Minnesota Vikings 10–7 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 33–29–2 MIN
1993 October 25 Minnesota Vikings 19–12 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 34–29–2 MIN
1994 September 18 Minnesota Vikings 42–14 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 35–29–2 MIN
1994 December 1 Minnesota Vikings 33–27 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 36–29–2 MIN
1995 January 1 Chicago Bears 35–18 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota 36–30–2 MIN
1995 September 3 Chicago Bears 31–14 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 36–31–2 MIN
1995 October 30 Chicago Bears 14–6 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota 36–32–2 MIN
1996 September 15 Minnesota Vikings 20–14 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 37–32–2 MIN
1996 October 28 Chicago Bears 15–13 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota 37–33–2 MIN
1997 September 7 Minnesota Vikings 27–24 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 38–33–2 MIN
1997 November 9 Minnesota Vikings 29–22 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 39–33–2 MIN
1998 September 27 Minnesota Vikings 31–28 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 40–33–2 MIN
1998 December 6 Minnesota Vikings 48–22 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 41–33–2 MIN
1999 October 10 Chicago Bears 24–22 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota 41–34–2 MIN
1999 November 14 Minnesota Vikings 27–24 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 42–34–2 MIN

2000s (Tied 10–10)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location Series
2000 September 3 Minnesota Vikings 30–27 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 43–34–2 MIN
2000 October 15 Minnesota Vikings 28–16 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 44–34–2 MIN
2001 September 23 Chicago Bears 17–10 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 44–35–2 MIN
2001 November 25 Chicago Bears 13–6 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota 44–36–2 MIN
2002 September 8 Chicago Bears 27–23 Minnesota Vikings Champaign, Illinois 44–37–2 MIN
2002 October 27 Minnesota Vikings 25–7 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 45–37–2 MIN
2003 September 14 Minnesota Vikings 24–13 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 46–37–2 MIN
2003 December 14 Chicago Bears 13–10 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 46–38–2 MIN
2004 September 26 Minnesota Vikings 27–22 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 47–38–2 MIN
2004 December 5 Chicago Bears 24–14 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 47–39–2 MIN
2005 October 16 Chicago Bears 28–3 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 47–40–2 MIN
2006 January 1 Minnesota Vikings 34–10 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 48–40–2 MIN
2006 September 24 Chicago Bears 19–16 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota 48–41–2 MIN
2006 December 3 Chicago Bears 23–13 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 48–42–2 MIN
2007 October 14 Minnesota Vikings 34–31 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 49–42–2 MIN
2007 December 17 Minnesota Vikings 20–13 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 50–42–2 MIN
2008 October 19 Chicago Bears 48–41 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 50–43–2 MIN
2008 November 30 Minnesota Vikings 34–14 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 51–43–2 MIN
2009 November 29 Minnesota Vikings 36–10 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 52–43–2 MIN
2009 December 28 Chicago Bears 36–30 OT Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 52–44–2 MIN

2010s (Bears 10–8)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location Series
2010 November 14 Chicago Bears 27–13 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 52–45–2 MIN
2010 December 20 Chicago Bears 40–14 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota 52–46–2 MIN
2011 October 16 Chicago Bears 39–10 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 52–47–2 MIN
2012 January 1 Chicago Bears 17–13 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota 52–48–2 MIN
2012 November 25 Chicago Bears 28–10 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 52–49–2 MIN
2012 December 9 Minnesota Vikings 21–14 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 53–49–2 MIN
2013 September 15 Chicago Bears 31–30 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 53–50–2 MIN
2013 December 1 Minnesota Vikings 23–20 OT Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 54–50–2 MIN
2014 November 16 Chicago Bears 21–13 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 54–51–2 MIN
2014 December 28 Minnesota Vikings 13–9 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 55–51–2 MIN
2015 November 1 Minnesota Vikings 23–20 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 56–51–2 MIN
2015 December 20 Minnesota Vikings 38–17 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 57–51–2 MIN
2016 October 31 Chicago Bears 20–10 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 57–52–2 MIN
2017 January 1 Minnesota Vikings 38–10 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 58–52–2 MIN
2017 October 9 Minnesota Vikings 20-17 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois 59–52–2 MIN
2017 December 31 Minnesota Vikings 23-10 Chicago Bears Minneapolis, Minnesota 60–52–2 MIN
2018 November 18 Chicago Bears 25–20 Minnesota Vikings Chicago, Illinois 60–53–2 MIN
2018 December 30 Chicago Bears 24–10 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota 60–54–2 MIN

See also

Other rivalries involving the two teams

References

  1. ^ "Bears shocked Pack with late free kick". Chicagobears.com. Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-03-09.
  2. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=FwYuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=rjQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6741%2C3721578
  3. ^ Copeland, Kareem (April 23, 2013). "Brett Favre: Final play was first time I was knocked out". NFL. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  4. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=331201016
  5. ^ Neveau, James (December 30, 2018). "Bears Beat Vikings to Finish Off Remarkable Regular Season". NBC Chicago. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  6. ^ Strauss, Ben (January 7, 2019). "From 'double doink' to 'no, señor,' the epic soundtrack to a game-losing field goal try". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
2008 Chicago Bears season

The 2008 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 89th regular season in the National Football League. They finished the 2008 season with a 9–7 record, improving upon their 7–9 record from the 2007 season. The Bears failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

2015 Chicago Bears season

The 2015 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 96th season in the National Football League. After the firing of general manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman following the 2014 season, the team hired former New Orleans Saints director of player personnel Ryan Pace and Denver Broncos head coach John Fox to fill those positions, respectively. Fox's hiring marked the Bears' third head coach in four seasons.

The Bears entered the 2015 season with hopes of improving their 5–11 record in 2014. The team started the regular season with a rough start, losing their first three games. In the following eight games, the team went 5–3, including a Thanksgiving win over the rival Green Bay Packers. However, the Bears then lost the first three games in December, and were officially eliminated from playoff contention in week fifteen by the Minnesota Vikings. In week sixteen against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Bears improved upon their 2014 record with a 26–21 win. After losing in the final game of the season to the Detroit Lions, the Bears ended the season 6–10 and last in the NFC North.

The 2015 Bears were more competitive in games compared to the 2014 team, with six of their ten losses being by less than a touchdown. Additionally, new coordinators Adam Gase and Vic Fangio helped revitalize the offense and defense, respectively; under Gase, quarterback Jay Cutler threw a career-low eleven interceptions and recorded a 92.3 passer rating, the highest in his career. With Fangio, the defense allowed 397 points; the last two defenses had previously allowed franchise highs in points, including 442 in 2014. However, the team was marred by injuries during the year, with only four players starting all sixteen games. The Bears also went 1–7 at home in 2015, the worst home record in franchise history. This was also the first time since 1973 that the Bears failed to win a home game against a division opponent.

Bears–Lions rivalry

The Bears–Lions rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. The franchises first met in 1930 when the Lions were known as the Portsmouth Spartans and based in Portsmouth, Ohio. They moved to Detroit for the 1934 season. The Bears and Lions have been division rivals since 1933 and have usually met twice a season since the Lions franchise began. The two teams play in the two largest metropolitan areas in the Midwest. Chicago and Detroit’s home stadiums, Soldier Field and Ford Field, are 280 miles apart and both are easily accessible from I-94.

This rivalry is the longest-running annual series in the NFL as both teams have met at least once a season since 1930. (Due to the 1982 strike, the Bears–Packers rivalry, which began in 1921, was not played that season.)

The Bears lead the overall series 99–74–5. The Bears won the only playoff meeting between the two teams, the 1932 NFL Championship Game, 9–0.

Bears–Packers rivalry

The Bears–Packers rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. The two clubs have won a combined 22 NFL championships (13 for Green Bay and 9 for Chicago), including five Super Bowl championships (four for Green Bay and one for Chicago) and have 65 members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Chicago with 34 and Green Bay with 31).

The rivalry began in 1921 and is the league's most played, with 198 regular-season and post-season games. The rivalry is not the league's longest continuous rivalry, as the 1982 strike-shortened NFL season did not include a Bears–Packers game. That title goes to the rivalry between the Packers and the Detroit Lions, who have played each other at least twice a year since 1932. The Packers and Bears have played in the same conference or division since the NFL went to a conference format in 1933; they played in the NFL's Western Conference from 1933 to 1970, and have been in the NFC North since 1970 (known as the NFC Central from 1970–2001). As such, they usually play each other twice every regular season.

The Packers surpassed the Bears in the overall series in 2017 for the first time since 1932 and now lead, 97–95–6. The Bears had previously led the series by as many as 24 games both in 1960 and in 1992. The two teams have met twice in the NFL playoffs, with each team winning one game.

Lions–Vikings rivalry

The Lions–Vikings rivalry is an American football rivalry between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings.The Lions and Vikings have played twice annually since the Vikings entered the league in 1961. The Vikings joined the Lions in the NFL's Western Conference in 1961. The two teams moved to the NFC Central in after the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 and the NFC North after the NFL's 2002 realignment. The Vikings lead the overall series 74–39–2. The two teams have not met in the postseason.

NFC North

The National Football Conference – Northern Division or NFC North is one of the four divisions of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). Nicknamed the "Black & Blue Division" for the rough and tough rivalry games between the teams, it currently has four members: the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and Minnesota Vikings. The NFC North was previously known as the NFC Central from 1970 to 2001. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were previously members, from 1977, one year after they joined the league as an expansion team, until 2001 when they moved to the NFC South.

The division was created in 1967 as the Central Division of the NFL's Western Conference and existed for three seasons before the AFL–NFL merger. After the merger, it was renamed the NFC Central and retained that name until the NFL split into eight divisions in 2002. The four current division teams have been together in the same division or conference since the Vikings joined the league in 1961. The Bears, Lions and Packers have been in the same division or conference since the NFL began a conference format in 1933. Largely because the four teams have played each other at least twice a year, with the exception of the strike-shortened 1982 season, for more than half a century (more than 80 years in the case of the Bears, Lions and Packers), the entire division is considered one very large rivalry.

Based on the combined ages of its current teams, the NFC North is the oldest division in the NFL, at a combined 344 years old. The Bears are 99 years old (founded in 1919 in Decatur, Illinois; moved to Chicago in 1921), the Packers are also 99 years old (founded in 1919, but turned professional in 1921), the Lions are 89 years old (founded 1929 in Portsmouth, Ohio; moved to Detroit in 1934), and the Vikings are 57 years old (founded 1961). The division has a total of 11 Super Bowl appearances. The Packers have the most appearances in the Super Bowl with 5, the most recent happening at the conclusion of the 2010 season. The Bears and the Packers have the only Super Bowl wins of this division, a total of 5 (4 for the Packers and 1 for the Bears). Of the top 10 NFL teams with the highest winning percentage throughout its franchise history, three of them are in the NFC North (the Bears, the Packers, and the Vikings). The Lions however, have one of the lowest winning percentages in the NFL, including the first winless 16-game season in NFL history, in 2008.Entering 2018 the Bears led the division with an overall record of 752–581–42, victory in Super Bowl XX and eight pre-Super Bowl league titles; Chicago's overall playoff record is 17–18. The Packers hold an overall record of 740–564–38 with an overall playoff record of 34–22, four Super Bowl titles in five Super Bowl appearances, and nine pre-Super Bowl league titles - bringing the Packers to a total of 13 World Championships, currently the most in the NFL. The Lions hold a record of 555–651–32, four league championships, and a 7–13 playoff record. As the youngest (in terms of franchise age) team in the division, the Vikings hold a record of 473–392–11, a playoff record of 20-29, and had won a league title the season before the merger (although they subsequently lost Super Bowl IV).

This division earned the moniker "Black and Blue Division" due to its intense rivalries and physical style of play, and this nickname is still used regularly today. It is also known as the "Frostbite Division" as all teams played home games in late season winter cold until the mid-1970s. The division is also humorously called the "Frozen North", although Detroit has played its home games indoors since 1975, and Minnesota also did so from 1982 to 2013 and returned to indoor home games at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2016. ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman often refers to this division as the "NFC Norris" because of its geographical similarity to the National Hockey League's former Norris Division.

Packers–Vikings rivalry

The Packers–Vikings rivalry is an NFL rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings.The rivalry began in 1961, when the Vikings entered the league as an expansion team. The rivalry is known for its many close games and the parity of the all-time series. It is considered to be one of Minnesota's most intense rivalries, due to both teams being located in the same division since the Vikings' inception, and the fact that the two states (Minnesota and Wisconsin) are geographically adjacent to one another, thereby allowing them to compete in multiple sports in other leagues such as the Big Ten Conference, although Green Bay's primary rival is the Chicago Bears.

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