Bears vs Packers in 1941 (Photo from NFL Photos via Chicago Tribune)

Bears vs Packers - The 1941 Playoff Matchup

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?


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