NFC North Showdown: Vikings vs. Bears Game Info & Rivalry History
When Do the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings Play Next?
Are the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings Rivals?
Yes, the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings are rivals. The rivalry between these two teams started in 1961 when the Vikings made their NFL debut by defeating the Bears 37-13. The Bears vs. Vikings rivalry continues to be fueled by both teams being in the NFC North Division, which leads to at least two games played against each other every season.
Who are the Chicago Bears’ Biggest Rivals?
Along with the Vikings, the Chicago Bears are also bitter rivals with the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. The Bears vs. Packers rivalry is one of the most well-known and heated rivalries in all of sports. Since 1921, the Bears and Packers have played more than 200 games against each other.
Who are the Minnesota Vikings’ Biggest Rivals?
Besides the Chicago Bears, the Minnesota Vikings are rivals with their other NFC North competitors, the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. The Vikings’ rivalry with the Green Bay Packers is especially fierce, since the Vikings have played them more than 125 times, including two NFL Playoffs games in 2005 and 2013.
Game Results Between the Vikings & Bears
Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings games are always exciting and competitive; their constant matchups and fight to win the division often lead to a hard-hitting and nail-biting experience. The Bears dominated the Vikings in the 1960s, with a record of 11-5-2, but the Vikings then flipped the script in the 1970s, going 15-5 over the Bears. Relatively even over the next three decades, the Bears won six straight games between 1983–1986 and the Vikings won six straight between 1992–1994. The back and forth battles continued when the Bears won another six games in a row between 2009–2012. Going into the 2023 season, the Vikings are on top with four straight wins and an overall record of 65-57-2.
|Date||Home Team||Away Team||Location||Winner||Score|
|10/09/2022||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||29-22|
|01/09/2022||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||31-17|
|12/20/2020||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Chicago||33-27|
|12/29/2019||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Chicago||21-19|
|12/30/2018||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Chicago||24-10|
|12/31/2017||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||23-10|
|01/01/2017||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||38-10|
|12/20/2015||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||38-17|
|12/28/2014||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||13-9|
|12/01/2013||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||23-20|
|12/09/2012||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||21-14|
|01/01/2012||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Chicago||17-13|
|12/20/2010||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Chicago||40-14|
|11/29/2009||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||36-10|
|11/30/2008||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||34-14|
|12/17/2007||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||20-13|
|09/24/2006||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Chicago||19-16|
|01/01/2006||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||34-10|
|09/26/2004||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||27-22|
|09/14/2003||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||24-13|
|10/27/2002||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||25-7|
|11/25/2001||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Chicago||13-6|
|09/03/2000||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||30-27|
|10/10/1999||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Chicago||24-22|
|12/06/1998||Vikings||Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||48-22|
Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings History
The Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings rivalry started when the Vikings entered the NFL in 1961. The rivalry started after the Vikings defeated the Bears in their debut game 37-13. As of the 2022 season, the Vikings are currently ahead 65-57-2 overall for all games played against the Bears. Surprisingly, the Bears and Vikings have only met once in the NFL Playoffs — in the 1994 NFC Wildcard game, which the Bears won 35-18. The rivalry between these two teams comes from both the Bears and the Vikings being a part of the NFC North Division. Being in the same division means these two teams play each other at least twice a year in hotly contested games to try to win a spot in the NFL Playoffs.
The Bears vs. Vikings rivalry has had many key moments throughout its more than 50-year history. Between 1972–1976 the Vikings crushed the Bears with eight straight victories. This happened again in the 1980s when the Bears defeated the Vikings in six straight games between 1983 and 1986. The 1985 season saw “McMahon’s Miracle,” when Bears quarterback Jim McMahon convinced head Coach Mike Ditka to let him back in the game after an injury. McMahon then led the Bears first to a dramatic comeback in the second half of the game to give the Bears the victory over the Vikings, then to their legendary Super Bowl XX win that season.
The teams remained competitive during the 1990s and 2000s. The 2018 season saw the contention rise again amongst the Bears and Vikings as the Bears knocked the Vikings out of the NFL Playoffs during a week 17 victory. The Vikings have the upper hand on the Bears going into the 2023 season, as they have defeated the Bears in their previous four contests.
The rivalry remains strong between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears as the teams’ seemingly never-ending battle for Midwest supremacy rages on.
Where Do the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears Play?
The Minnesota Vikings play their home games at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This $975 million multi-purpose stadium has been the Vikings’ home field since it opened in 2016.
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