This Sunday off the shores of Lake Michigan, the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers will play the most important game in the history of their near century old rivalry. The Bears and Packers will meet in the NFC Championship for the very first time this weekend at Soldier Field. The 202-mile war zone separating Green Bay and Chicago is boiling over in anticipation, despite the wind chill plummeting well below zero. From Sheboygan to Wrigleyville, sports fans are counting the hours down to the “Battle for Halas and Dallas”. With a shot at a Super Bowl on the line, Bears and Packers fans alike have been racing to find NFC Championship tickets all week.
The 2011 NFC title game will serve as the crescendo of the Bears-Packers ninety years of athletic animosity. Chicago and Green Bay first met on the gridiron in 1921 with Monsters of the Midway founder George Halas lining up at defensive end for the Bears (then nicknamed the Staleys) and Packers founder Curly Lambeau taking hand offs at tailback for the Gold & Green. A constant in the lives of fans in Illinois and Wisconsin, the rivalry has seen names like Butkus, Starr, Payton, and Nitscheke come and go through the years. However, never has there been a Bears-Packers game of such importance. For NFL fans in both The Windy City and Title Town, it simply doesn’t get any bigger than Sunday.