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Night for the ages: Packers, Bears, Favre, Starr


A significant portion of Favre’s legacy was built against the archrival to the south.

For Lacy, he told ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky it was all about getting back to basics. “I am thankful to and humbled by the fact that NBC Sports has chosen to share the Nauset Warrior experience, its ups and downs, peaks and valleys, with viewers across the country”. They are ready to celebrate Brett Favre.

“I don’t think there was a lot of doubt as far as his teammates”. I think this is a little harsh on the Bears and is really not giving them the credit that they are due.

Green Bay will pay tribute to legendary quarterback Brett Favre on Thursday with his name and jersey number, #4, unveiled alongside the team’s five other icons to have their numbers retired: Reggie White (92), Bart Starr (15), Ray Nitschke (66), Don Hutson (14) and Tony Canadeo (3).

However, the Bears were able to stop Green Bay from scoring another touchdown in the next quarter and scores from Matt Forte and a 50-yard field goal by Robbie Gould gave the Bears a 13-10 lead at the half. QB Aaron Rodgers is 13-3 in career against Bears, including postseason.

What isn’t as much fun for the Packers is the quick turnaround after playing on Sunday.

One additional piece of motivation: With a win, the Packers tie the all-time series with the Bears at 93-93-6.

Rodgers has legacy moments of his own against Chicago, of course. But we play 16 games; every opponent is important to us. In the Bears’ last 42 games dating to the 2013 season, they’re allowed the opponent to score first a startling 29 times. Several GB defenders have also had success against their main rivals, including OLB’s Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, a former Bear. He got up and talked about the game of football and how important that was to him.

Meeting time and mental preparation is of utmost importance with the short turnaround.

In this case, he played quarterback with a splint on his throwing thumb, and he managed to perform at a high level and lead the Packers back to the postseason.

Over his last five games against Green Bay, Forte has four 100-yard rushing outputs and four total touchdowns.

Thoughts on the Thanksgiving night matchup between the Bears and Packers?

“I’m good enough to go”.

The “once-in-a-lifetime” atmosphere, as Mike McCarthy referred to it this week, will be worth soaking up to the very last drop.

“Yeah, it’s great, it’s great for the Packers“, Rodgers said Tuesday.

“It’s been a really tough, tough phase in our lives – to see someone you love so much and admire so much, to see him not be the man he once was and you don’t know if he’ll ever be that man again and he’s suffered a lot”. The Bears D/ST won’t be a viable fantasy option on the road in Week 12. Not that Rodgers has pondered any of that.

Pernell McPhee