A Century of Competition: Lions vs. Bears Upcoming Game Info & History

When Do the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions Play Next?

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Are the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions Rivals?

Yes, the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions are rivals on multiple fronts. Not only do the two teams play in the same NFL division, the NFC North, but the Bears and Lions also have a geographic rival. The road between Detroit and Chicago is a mere 281 miles, and the two franchises compete for the same share of fans.

Who are the Chicago Bears’ Biggest Rivals?

In 2020, the Chicago Bears celebrated their 100th season in the NFL, and in that time they’ve formed several intense rivalries. Their number one rival, and one of the most heated rivalries in all of football, is with division foe Green Bay Packers. The Bears also have divisional rivalries with the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings. Finally, the Bears have historic rivalries with the Arizona Cardinals (who used to be located in Chicago) and the New York Giants.

Who are the Detroit Lions’ Biggest Rivals?

The Detroit Lions came into the fold of the NFL 10 years after the Bears, but still have their share of rivalries in the league. The Lions most intense rivals are all within the confines of the NFC North: the Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions also have a rivalry with the Cleveland Browns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Game Results Between the Lions & Bears

Between 1930 and 2022, the Lions and Bears have played 186 times, with Chicago holding an edge in record, 104-77-5. The Bears also notched the victory in the lone postseason matchup, a 9-0 win in 1932 for the NFL title. However, since 2010, the series has been dead-even, with each team winning 13 times.

DateHome TeamAway TeamLocationWinnerScore
01/01/2023LionsBearsFord FieldDetroit41-10
11/13/2022BearsLionsSoldier FieldDetroit31-30
11/25/2021LionsBearsFord FieldChicago16-14
10/03/2021BearsLionsSoldier FieldChicago24-14
12/06/2020BearsLionsSoldier FieldDetroit34-30
09/13/2020LionsBearsFord FieldChicago27-23
11/28/2019LionsBearsFord FieldChicago24-20
11/10/2019BearsLionsSoldier FieldChicago20-13
11/22/2018LionsBearsFord FieldChicago23-16
11/11/2018BearsLionsSoldier FieldChicago34-22
12/16/2017LionsBearsFord FieldDetroit20-10
11/19/2017BearsLionsSoldier FieldDetroit27-24
12/11/2016LionsBearsFord FieldDetroit20-17
10/02/2016BearsLionsSoldier FieldChicago17-14
01/03/2016BearsLionsSoldier FieldDetroit24-20
10/18/2015LionsBearsFord FieldDetroit37-34
12/21/2014BearsLionsSoldier FieldDetroit20-14
11/27/2014LionsBearsFord FieldDetroit34-17
11/10/2013BearsLionsSoldier FieldDetroit21-19
09/29/2013LionsBearsFord FieldDetroit40-32
12/30/2012LionsBearsFord FieldChicago26-24
10/22/2012BearsLionsSoldier FieldChicago13-7
11/13/2011BearsLionsSoldier FieldChicago37-13
10/10/2011LionsBearsFord FieldDetroit24-13
12/05/2010LionsBearsFord FieldChicago24-20
09/12/2010BearsLionsSoldier FieldChicago19-14
01/03/2010LionsBearsFord FieldChicago37-23
10/04/2009BearsLionsSoldier FieldChicago48-24
11/02/2008BearsLionsSoldier FieldChicago27-23
10/05/2008LionsBearsFord FieldChicago34-7
10/28/2007BearsLionsSoldier FieldDetroit16-7
09/30/2007LionsBearsFord FieldDetroit37-27
12/24/2006LionsBearsFord FieldChicago26-21
09/17/2006BearsLionsSoldier FieldChicago34-7
10/30/2005LionsBearsFord FieldChicago19-13
09/18/2005BearsLionsSoldier FieldChicago38-6
12/26/2004LionsBearsFord FieldDetroit19-13
09/12/2004BearsLionsSoldier FieldDetroit20-16
11/09/2003LionsBearsFord FieldDetroit12-10
10/26/2003BearsLionsSoldier FieldChicago24-16
11/24/2002BearsLionsSoldier FieldChicago20-17
10/20/2002LionsBearsFord FieldDetroit23-20
12/30/2001LionsBearsFord FieldChicago24-0
12/02/2001BearsLionsSoldier FieldChicago13-10
12/24/2000LionsBearsFord FieldChicago23-20
09/24/2000BearsLionsSoldier FieldDetroit21-14
12/19/1999BearsLionsSoldier FieldChicago28-10
11/25/1999LionsBearsFord FieldDetroit21-17
11/15/1998LionsBearsFord FieldDetroit26-3
10/04/1998BearsLionsSoldier FieldChicago31-27

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions History

The rivalry between the Bears and the Lions is the longest-running annual series in NFL history. Detroit and Chicago have played every season since 1930, with Detroit winning the first game over Chicago 7-6 on October 22, 1930. One of the first signature games of the series occurred in 1934, when the Lions hosted an annual Thanksgiving game to draw fans. That season, the Bears entered the game with an 11-0 record, while the Lions were 10-1. Eventually, Chicago came from behind to win 19-16 in front of a sold-out crowd. The two teams have met 18 times on Thanksgiving Day, with Chicago winning 10 to Detroit’s eight wins.

Many of Chicago’s notable wins were come-from-behind victories, but perhaps none as memorable as the week one game in 2020. Detroit led Chicago 23-6 late in the fourth quarter. But Chicago scored 21 straight to take a 27-23 with just under two minutes left in the game. Detroit had a chance to answer, with Matthew Stafford hitting then-rookie running-back D’Andre Swift in the endzone for a touchdown, but Swift dropped the pass. Chicago would hold onto victory.

Where Do the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears Play?

The Detroit Lions play at Ford Field, located in downtown Detroit. Aptly named after Ford motor company, a staple in Detroit, Ford Field has been the Lions’ home since 2000. The stadium has a maximum capacity of 65,000 for football.

The Chicago Bears have called Soldier Field their home since 1971. Although it was built nearly 100 years ago, marking it the oldest stadium in the NFL, Soldier Field was reconstructed in 2003. With a 61,500 seat capacity, it is also the smallest stadium in the NFL. Soldier Field and Ford Field have very similar design philosophies, with the architect of Ford Field even calling the former an inspiration in design.

Other NFL Rivalries

Bengals vs. RavensBears vs. Cardinals
Browns vs. RavensCardinals vs. Rams
Ravens vs. Steelers49ers vs. Cardinals
Bills vs. ChiefsCardinals vs. Seahawks
Bills vs. DolphinsFalcons vs. Panthers
Bills vs. PatriotsFalcons vs. Saints
Bills vs. JetsFalcons vs. Buccaneers
Bengals vs. BrownsPanthers vs. Saints
Bengals vs. ChiefsBuccaneers vs. Panthers
Bengals vs. SteelersBears vs. Lions
Browns vs. SteelersBears vs. Packers
Broncos vs. ChiefsBears vs. Vikings
Broncos vs. RaidersCowboys vs. Packers
Broncos vs. ChargersCowboys vs. Rams
Colts vs. TexansCowboys vs. Giants
Jaguars vs. TexansCowboys vs. Eagles
Colts vs. JaguarsCowboys vs. 49ers
Chiefs vs. RaidersLions vs. Packers
Chargers vs. RaidersLions vs. Vikings
Chargers vs. ChiefsVikings vs. Packers
Dolphins vs. Patriots49ers vs. Rams
Dolphins vs. JetsSaints vs. Vikings
Jets vs. PatriotsBuccaneers vs. Saints
Titans vs. RavensGiants vs. Eagles
Texans vs. TitansRams vs. Seahawks
Colts vs. TitansSeahawks vs. 49ers
Jaguars vs. TitansCommanders vs. Cowboys
Titans vs. SteelersCommanders vs. Giants
Commanders vs. Eagles

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