September 19th, 2004: Mike Brown’s 95-yard scoop and score, and Lovie Smith makes good on a declaration as the Bears win 21-10…
The Packers drove to the Bears’ five yard line late in the first half as they looked to take a possible 10-7 lead into halftime.
Instead, Brian Urlacher forced Ahman Green to fumble. Brown picked up the loose ball and raced 95 yards for the game momentum-changing score. The Bears would go on to win 21-10.
The victory fulfilled one of Lovie Smith’s highest priorities–beating the Packers.
Smith was hired before the season’s start and made it a point he was 2-0 as the Rams’ defensive coordinator and his defense baffled Favre. Movie made it clear that he wanted to beat Green Bay.
Packers linebacker Nick Barnett commented after the game on how Lovie’s declaration came true in Smith’s first game in the rivalry…
"“I’ve never been in a fight where some guy told me he was going to beat me up and he beat me up.”"
December 25th, 2005: Chicago Bears clinch the NFC North on Christmas Day with a 24-17 victory
2005 was a bad season for the Green Bay Packers. They suffered through a lot of injuries, Brett Favre interceptions, and finished 4-12.
After winning the NFC North three years in a row, Green Bay was going to give up the division crown. The Packers wanted to avoid having the Chicago Bears take it at Lambeau Field on Christmas Day.
Rex Grossman made his first start of the season after missing much of the year with an injury. He threw for just 166 yards and a touchdown. Thomas Jones did most of the offensive damage with 105 yards rushing and a touchdown.
The Bears’ defense picked off Favre four times as Chicago clinched the NFC North and swept the Packers for the first time since 1991.
"“I don’t think you can change the magnitude of winning in Green Bay or clinching the division in Green Bay,” said linebacker Lance Briggs, who returned an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter. “It’s the Packers. They’re our biggest rival.”"
September 10th, 2006: The Bears kick off their run to the Super Bowl as they dominated Green Bay 26-0…
The 2006 season was a special campaign for the Chicago Bears. The Bears would go to the Super Bowl that season.
They kicked off the season in dominate fashion at Lambeau Field.
Devin Hester’s legend began with his first career touchdown on an 84-yard punt return.
The Bears finally shut out Favre.
"“It’s hard to get a shut out in the National Football League anytime,” Smith said. “To get it on the road with No. 4 as the quarterback is definitely special.”"