After the Bears blew a 20-0 lead to the Packers in Week 1, it didn't seem like the two teams would be where they are now.

Even after Sunday's overtime loss to the Giants, the Bears are 8-4 and are alone in first place in the NFC North. Meanwhile, the Packers are 4-7-1 and just fired coach Mike McCarthy.

Sunday's 20-17 loss to what was a two-win Arizona team was apparently the final straw for McCarthy's tenure in Green Bay. The Packers announced the coach's firing mere hours after the game.

McCarthy has been the Packers head coach since 2006. He led the team to a Super Bowl title in his fifth year in charge and made the playoffs every year from 2009 to 2016.

However, a 7-9 record last season coupled with this season's struggles was a step back for the Packers. McCarthy finishes his tenure with a 125-77-2 regular season record and a 10-8 mark in the postseason.

For Bears fans, McCarthy will be remembered as a coach who had a heck of a record in that rivalry. He was 19-7 against the Bears, including winning the 2010 NFC Championship Game in Soldier Field.

His absence means the Bears will face interim coach Joe Philbin, who had been the offensive coordinator, in two weeks. Will the Packers look different from the team that beat the Bears in Week 1? The Bears will at least have a chance to see if there are any major changes under Philbin when the Packers host the Falcons next Sunday.

 

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