While there's no disputing Rodgers is a Hall-of-Fame player – even Bears supporters would concede that – he hasn't been able to win the big postseason games as frequently as he should. Rodgers has won as many NFC Championships as former Bears quarterback Rex Grossman in five appearances. He also has a chance to become the first quarterback in NFL history to reach 10 playoff wins before 30 years old if he can lead the Packers to a victory over the Bears this weekend.
Rodgers is 4-1 in the playoffs with 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions. He will be looking to continue his perfect record this weekend when the Packers travel to Chicago for an NFC Championship Game showdown with the Bears. The game will be played on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3:00 p.m. EST on Fox.
It's been well documented how much the Bears love playing in front of their home crowd during the postseason. In fact, they've had one of the most successful postseasons in NFL history at Wrigley Field, going 18-5 in the playoffs over the last two decades. With a victory over the Packers on Sunday, Chicago will attempt to make it 19-5 all time in the postseason.
The last time these two teams met was back in January of 2016. With the game tied at 28 late in the fourth quarter, Rodgers led three straight touchdown drives to give him 10 victories in the final frame.
Allow it to sink in. With the loss against the Buccaneers on Sunday, Rodgers became the first quarterback in NFL history to lose four consecutive NFC Championship Games. The last time a quarterback lost four straight NFC Championship Games was when Brett Favre was beaten by San Francisco in 2004.
Favre went on to win the next two Super Bowls. In between, he also lost three NFC Championship Games in a row. The first two losses came away from home against Dallas, but he still managed to lead his teams to victory in all six games he appeared in.
After those two playoff exits at the hands of Dallas, Favre decided to retire at the end of the 2008 season after making one final trip to New York as a visitor. He spent the night at the Plaza Hotel before returning home to Green Bay for one more game. During his final ride in an open-top Cadillac down Broadway before 70,000 fans at Lambeau Field, Favre announced that he was retiring due to health issues related to the neck problem that ended his career.
In conclusion, losing four straight NFC Championship Games is no easy task. You have to be one of the best to ever play the game to even have a chance at winning one.
The Bears have suffered the most at the hands of Rodgers. The Packers' NFC North foe has only won five games versus Rodgers and has been defeated 22 times, including once in the playoffs. Rodgers has also had some of his best games against the Chicago Bears. He's 5-1 with three touchdowns and no interceptions against them.
Since the inception of their rivalry in 1922, the Bears have won nine games compared to Rodgers' seven. However, due to the fact that there have only been seven seasons (including the current one) where both Rodgers and the Bears were in contention for a championship, it can be argued that the Bears have had the upper hand. In fact, if we go back to 1969, when the Packers joined what was then called the NFL, they would hold a 4-1 edge over the Bears.
Both teams are 1-0 this season because neither game mattered toward the outcome of the division race. In Week 1, Rodgers led the Pack to a 23-7 victory over the Vikings while the Bears fell 27-10 to the Giants.
Here is how these two playoff bound teams compare statistically: Rodgers has more passing yards (4,944 vs. 4,438), more touchdown passes (38 to 34), and fewer interceptions (21 to 20).
Rodgers is 18-5 versus the Bears (19-5, including the 2010 NFC Championship Game), with one of those losses coming in 2013, when he injured his collarbone in the first series. Rodgers has averaged 252 passing yards while tossing 47 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 22 regular-season games. He also has a touchdown pass in every game this season.
The last time these two teams played was December 2016, in Green Bay where the Bears beat the Packers 31-25. Mitch Trubisky started at quarterback for Chicago and completed 9 of 16 passes for 117 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. For Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers finished the game 19 of 30 for 262 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also had a rushing attempt for five yards.
These two teams will meet again on Sunday, November 25th at 1:00 PM ET on NBC. The winner will advance to the playoffs as one of the top seeds.
This page has been updated to include Aaron Rodgers' record versus each NFL team as of January 26, 2021. Aaron Rodgers led the league in touchdown passes (48), completion percentage (70.7 percent), and quarterback rating at the end of the 2020 NFL regular season (121.5).
This contains all regular season and postseason games played between 1920 and 2020. "Note: Three victories are deducted from the reported overall victory total," says the bottom of page 416 of the 2020 Chicago Bears Media Guide (page 418 in PDF).
"Note: Three victories are deducted from the reported overall victory total," says the bottom of page 416 of the 2020 Chicago Bears Media Guide (page 418 in PDF). The Eagles and Steelers (Steagles) amalgamated (1-0) in 1943, while the Cardinals and Steelers (Card-Pitt) merged (1-0) in 1944. (2-0).
The Bears have suffered the most at the hands of Rodgers. The Packers' NFC North foe has only won five games versus Rodgers and has been defeated 22 times, including once in the playoffs. Rodgers has also had some of his best games against the Chicago Bears.
Since then, Rodgers has failed to win a game versus the Colts. Rodgers has lost each of his previous three games by less than a touchdown. The Raiders are one of just three teams to have never defeated Rodgers. The Cleveland Browns (0-2) and New York Jets (0-3) have both lost to him.
Rodgers has always had trouble winning in Oakland. He is 1-4 against the Raiders in his career. That losing streak was stopped last year when the Packers beat Oakland 23-20 in the NFC Championship Game. It was their first playoff victory over the Raiders since 1993.
Currently, there are no clear favorites for the title. The Rams are undefeated but they play in Los Angeles while the Packers are 2-0 but they play on Oakland turf. This could be an exciting season to watch unfold.
But he'd previously won two Super Bowls and was playing in his seventh season for the third time. He passed for 17 touchdowns in 12 games while only being intercepted five times and leading the league in yards per completion. The Situation: Rodgers' early offensive drive gave the Packers a 7-0 lead. But on their next possession, New York scored a touchdown and a field goal to go up 10-7 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Giants went up 13-10 after another Rodgers' touchdown pass. However, they would go on to lose 20-13.
Rodgers finished the game with four touchdowns passes and no interceptions while completing 21 of 29 attempts for 271 yards. His rating of 125.0 was the highest ever by a quarterback in a Super Bowl game.
He became the first player in NFL history to have multiple touchdown passes in a single postseason game as well as winning his first championship. The other two quarterbacks to do so are Tom Brady (2010) and Peyton Manning (2013).
After the game, Rodgers said in his postgame speech, "I'm just really proud of this team for fighting back after we lost our starting center and still being able to find a way to win."
They would go on to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-22 in overtime for their first title in nine years.