The Green Bay Packers requested that the Bears be the opponent for the Thanksgiving night game in Lambeau Field, during which Bears tormentor Brett Favre’s No. 4 jersey would be retired and placed in the Packers’ Ring of Honor.
After the Packers got by the Bears in Game 1 this season, quarterback Aaron Rodgers said from a podium, “It’s always fun beating the Bears,” something at which Rodgers had done consistently since taking over Bears-whacking from Favre.
And suddenly, a rivalry that had lain dormant for quite a few years because one participant — the Bears — rarely showed up in much more than a Washington Generals role to the Packers’ Harlem Globetrotters, was very much alive.
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The Bears were listening. And after not so much as even a hit on Rodgers in Game 1, the Bears hit Rodgers on six of his pass plays, twice sacking him. So now the Bears have a few questions for Rodgers:
“The quarterback said he loved beating up on us,” linebacker Pernell McPhee said on Monday. “Who does he think we are? We ain't the team of last year or two years ago, three years ago. It's 2015 Chicago.
“A lot of guys took it personal, especially when somebody said, ‘I love beating up on your brother.’ I ain't gonna let nobody come beat my little brother up. We went in there (at Lambeau Field) and we slapped them on (Rodgers’) ass. They need to go ask them how that feels.”