GREEN BAY, Wis. -- So many aspects of the NFL are changing. Defensive players are being penalized and fined for what only a couple years ago would have been considered clean and legal hits, rookie quarterbacks are transitioning seamlessly from college without needing any years of learning on the bench and its possible that kickoffs could soon be eliminated from the league entirely.
But regardless of how much changes, one constant has been the classic 91-year rivalry between the Green Bay and Chicago: When the Packers (9-4) and Bears (8-5) meet for the 186th time Sunday afternoon in Chicago, as has so often been the case, the game will have a significant impact on both teams playoff situation.
For Green Bay, its simple: Beat the Bears and the NFC North title belongs to the Packers. It would be Green Bays second head-to-head win of the season over its longest-standing rival, which, combined with other tiebreakers, would officially send Chicago out of contention in the division.