Excerpted from Packers-Bears about as perfect as it gets by Marty Touchette:
"It's not just the oldest rivalry in the NFL.
It's the greatest rivalry in the NFL.
When the Packers won their game Saturday night against the Atlanta Falcons and the Bears won Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, it was reason for local Packers and Bears fans to begin a week of friendly banter. It also marked another bullet point to add to the rivalry's long history.
But it's actually more than that.
It's an historic event – especially since these two old legendary sports franchises have only met in the playoffs one other time (the Bears won in 1941).
Look up the information about the history of the teams on Wikipedia, Google, YahooWikiGoogle or whatever site you might like and you'll see why this game on Sunday is bigger than your usual league championship game.
The NFC championship trophy is named after Bears legendary coach George Halas. The Super Bowl trophy is named after Packers legendary coach Vince Lombardi.
The Bears have the most players in Canton's Pro Football Hall of Fame (26), the Packers have the most NFL championships (Three Super Bowls, 11 NFL championships).
The Bears play their home games at legendary Soldier Field. It might be known as the most legendary stadium in the NFL. But no, that distinct title belongs to the Packers' venerable Lambeau Field.
The rivalry screams football. The roots of the rivalry conjures up images of the days when players were wearing those little leather helmets without face masks.
And this weekend, football fans – not just Packers and Bears fans – will be treated to something that has taken too long to happen.
The Packers and Bears in the NFC championship game.
I'm excited about it even more as a Packers fan myself. Which brings me to the fan bases of the two teams.
There's no doubt Packers fans and Bears fans make up two of the most die hard, loyal fan bases in sports.
One thing that amazes me about Packers fans is that they're everywhere. I don't care if the game is in New York, Minnesota or Mars, there will be fans with cheeseheads in every crowd the Packers play in front of.
Only a handful of other teams can say that about their fans. One of them being the Bears.
It will probably be pretty nerve-wrecking but that's what should make it even more exciting. I'm sure Bears fans could agree with me there.
At any rate, it's good for football that these two teams are meeting in the conference championship. It's nice to see a Midwest rivalry having the national spotlight as well.
Two legendary franchises, two teams with a lot of confidence at the right time, two rivals with a long history of dislike for each other on the field.
Everything is set up for a classic.
Q: Why is the Bears quarterback unable to answer a telephone?
A: He can't find the receiver.
Q: What do the Bears and possums have in common?
A: Both play dead at home and get killed on the road.
The Seven Dwarfs were marching through the forest one day and fell in a deep, dark ravine. Snow White, who was following along, peered over the edge of the steep chasm and called out to the fallen dwarfs. From the depths of the dark hole a voice returned, "The Bears are going to win the NFC championship"
Snow White thought to herself, "Thank God... at least Dopey survived!"
Q: If there's a tornado in Illinois, where is the safest place to go?
A: Soldier Field. They don't get any touchdowns there
Q: What's the difference between the Bears and a dollar bill?
A: You can still get four quarters out of a dollar bill!
A Viking fan, a Packer fan, and a Bear fan are climbing a mountain and arguing about who loves his team more. The Viking fan insists he is the most loyal. "This is for the Vikings" he yells, and jumps off the side of the mountain.
Not to be outdone, the Packer fan is next to profess his love for his team. He yells, "This is for the Packers" and pushes the Bear fan off the mountain!
Q. Why doesn't Iowa have a professional football team?
A. Because then Illinois would want one.
Q: Why do trees in Wisconsin lean to the south?
A: It's because the Minnesota Vikings blow and the Chicago Bears suck.
A Packers fan in a bar leans over to the guy next to him and says, "Wanna hear a joke about the Bears?"
The guy next to him replies, "Well, before you tell that joke, you should know something. I'm 6' tall and 220 pounds, and I'm a Bears fan. The guy sitting next to me is 6'2" tall, 240 pounds and he's a Bears fan and the guy sitting next to him is 6'5", 280 pounds and he's a Bears fan, too. Now, do you still wanna tell that joke?"
The Packers fan says, "Nah, not if I'm gonna have to explain it three times."
BREAKING NEWS: The Department of Homeland Security has issued a Bears Fans Riot Warning for Soldier Field starting after the team's loss late Sunday afternoon, and continuing through until next season. Packer Fans should evacuate into the safety of the endzone, since Bear fans don't know where this location is.