Winner of Packers-Bears Week 13 showdown to earn title of NFL’s all-time winningest franchise


While it may not make much of a difference to the playoffs, Sunday’s game between the Packers and Bears is significant in terms of NFL history. The winner will single-handedly own the most regular season wins in the NFL’s 103-year history, according to statistics provided by the CBS Sports research team. The franchises currently lead history with 786 wins each.

Chicago enters the Sunday game of Week 13 with an all-time high of 786-619-42. Founded by George Halas, Chicago won championships in 1921 (second year of existence), 1932 (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 most of their careers in Chicago) joining Halas and former Bears CEO Jim Phinks in Canton, Ohio.

Green Bay currently owns record 786-589-38. The Packers, founded by Kerley Lambo, started playing 101 years ago. Lambo led Green Bay to three straight NFL titles from 1929–31 and three more titles in 1933, 1939, and 1944. led the Packers to dominance in the 1960s. Green Bay won five titles in seven years under Lombardi, including the first two Super Bowls.

Green Bay made the playoffs only twice between Super Bowl II and the time Mike Holmgren took over as coach in 1992. With Brett Favre and Reggie White at the helm of a talented Packers roster, Holmgren won two consecutive Super Bowl wins in the 1990s, including Super Bowl XXXI. The Packers won the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl in 2010 thanks to the performance of Aaron Rodgers. who plans to play Sunday game despite injuries to the thumb and ribs. Bears quarterback Justin Fields is also set to play after missing Chicago’s last game with a shoulder injury.

The Packers-Bears rivalry dates back to 1921 when the Halas team crushed the Packers Lambo in late November. The momentum of the rivalry has returned to fourth in decades. In the 1960s, Green Bay had its way to Chicago, despite the fact that the Bears boasted a line-up that included future Hall of Famers Mike Ditka, Dick Butkus, and Gale Sayers.

Chicago, led by Walter Peyton and the famous 46 defense, turned the tide in the 1980s by winning 10 of 11 games in one game. Green Bay has largely dominated the rivalry since the 1990s. The Packers have been 46–16 against the Bears since Favre became the Green Bay starting quarterback. Including this series of games was the Packers’ 21–14 victory in Chicago in the 2010 NFC Championship Game, the only postgame game ever played between franchises.

The Packers enter Sunday’s game having won seven consecutive games in the rivalry, prompting Rodgers in 2021 to qualify for that he “owns” bears after a swift landing in Chicago. He doesn’t technically own the Bears, but Rodgers could help the Packers set a record for most wins against longtime rival Green Bay with a win on Sunday in the Windy City.