Sunday’s NFC Championship marks just the second time in the storied Bears-Packers rivalry that the teams face off in the postseason. The last time they met up was just a week after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Bears were victorious, securing a 33-19 win and a trip to the NFL Championship against the New York Giants.
Ironically enough, the Bears have been talking about re-instilling the Monsters of the Midway mantra, made famous in the ’40’s. Isn’t it funny that it now comes down to a repeat of a matchup from that era. The Bears’ official website raided Virginia McCaskey’s home movies to dig up this highlight package from the 1941 playoff matchup between the Bears and the Packers. It’s a really cool view. Hit it after the jump (and sorry about the autoplay).
Here’s the box score from the Bears’ win:
|1st||Packers||Clarke Hinkle 1 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)||7||0|
|Bears||Hugh Gallarneau 81 yard punt return (kick failed)||7||6|
|2nd||Bears||Bob Snyder 24 yard field goal||7||9|
|Bears||Norm Standlee 3 yard rush (Joe Stydahar kick)||7||16|
|Bears||Norm Standlee 2 yard rush (Joe Stydahar kick)||7||23|
|Bears||Bob Swisher 9 yard rush (Joe Stydahar kick)||7||30|
|3rd||Packers||Hal Van Every 10 yard pass from Cecil Isbell (Don Hutson kick)||14||30|
|4th||Bears||Bob Snyder 26 yard field goal||14||33|
I could live with a 33-14 Bears repeat of history, right?