Bears–Lions rivalry

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Chicago Bears–Detroit Lions
Chicago Bears logo.svg New Lions Logo.svg
Teams involved Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions
First contested October 22, 1930
Portsmouth 7, Chicago 6
Number of meetings 168 meetings
Most recent meeting November 10, 2013
Detroit 21, Chicago 19
Next meeting Fall 2014
All-time series CHI: leads 96–67–5
Postseason results

Chicago leads 1–0

  • December 18, 1932, CHI 9, POR 0 (for NFL title)
Largest victory CHI: 49–0 (1941)
Longest win streak CHI: 11 (1946–1951)
DET: 6 (1968–1970)
Current streak DET: 2 win (2013-)

The Bears–Lions rivalry is an NFL rivalry between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. The franchises first met in 1930 when the Lions were known as the Portsmouth Spartans and based in Portsmouth, Ohio. They moved to Detroit for the 1934 season. The Bears and Lions have been division rivals since 1933 and have usually met twice a season since the Lions franchise began.

This rivalry is also the longest-running annual series in the NFL as both teams have met at least once a season since 1930.[1] (Due to the 1982 strike, the Bears–Packers rivalry was not played that season.) However, one of the two meetings between both teams was cancelled during Week 3 of the 1987 season, which does not make this rivalry the longest-running continuous series in the NFL (that feat belongs to the Lions–Packers rivalry, who have met at least twice a season since 1932 without any cancelled meetings).

Game results[edit]

Bears victory Lions victory Tied Game Post Season Meeting

1930s (Bears 11–7–3)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1930 Oct 22 Portsmouth Spartans 7–6 Chicago Bears Portsmouth, Ohio
1930 Nov 30 Chicago Bears 14-6 Portsmouth Spartans Chicago, Illinois
1931 Nov 8 Chicago Bears 9-6 Portsmouth Spartans Chicago, Illinois
1931 Nov 29 Portsmouth Spartans 3–0 Chicago Bears Portsmouth, Ohio
1932 Nov 13 13-13 Chicago, Illinois
1932 Nov 27 7–7 Portsmouth, Ohio
1932 Dec 18 Chicago Bears 9-0 Portsmouth Spartans Chicago, Illinois
1933 Nov 26 Chicago Bears 17–14 Portsmouth Spartans Chicago, Illinois
1933 Dec 3 Chicago Bears 17–7 Portsmouth Spartans Portsmouth, Ohio
1934 Nov 29 Chicago Bears 19-16 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1934 Dec 2 Chicago Bears 19-16 Detroit Lions Chicago, Illinois
1935 Nov 24 20-20 Chicago, Illinois
1935 Nov 28 Detroit Lions 14-2 Chicago Bears Detroit, Michigan
1936 Oct 25 Chicago Bears 12-10 Detroit Lions Chicago, Illinois
1936 Nov 26 Detroit Lions 13-7 Chicago Bears Detroit, Michigan
1937 Oct 24 Chicago Bears 28-20 Detroit Lions Chicago, Illinois
1937 Nov 25 Chicago Bears 13-0 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1938 Oct 30 Detroit Lions 13-7 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1938 Nov 24 Detroit Lions 14–7 Chicago Bears Detroit, Michigan
1939 Oct 29 Detroit Lions 10-0 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1939 Nov 12 Chicago Bears 23-13 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan

1940s (Bears 15–4–1)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1940 Oct 13 Chicago Bears 7-0 Detroit Lions Chicago, Illinois
1940 Nov 10 Detroit Lions 17-14 Chicago Bears Detroit, Michigan
1941 Oct 19 Chicago Bears 49-0 Detroit Lions Chicago, Illinois
1941 Nov 23 Chicago Bears 24-7 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1942 Nov 1 Chicago Bears 16-0 Detroit Lions Chicago, Illinois
1942 Nov 22 Chicago Bears 42-0 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1943 Oct 3 Chicago Bears 27–21 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1943 Oct 31 Chicago Bears 35-14 Detroit Lions Chicago, Illinois
1944 Oct 22 21-21 Chicago, Illinois
1944 Nov 19 Detroit Lions 41-21 Chicago Bears Detroit, Michigan
1945 Oct 28 Detroit Lions 16-10 Chicago Bears Detroit, Michigan
1945 Nov 11 Detroit Lions 35-28 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
1946 Nov 24 Chicago Bears 42-6 Detroit Lions Chicago, Illinois
1946 Dec 8 Chicago Bears 45-24 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1947 Oct 19 Chicago Bears 33-24 Detroit Lions Chicago, Illinois
1947 Nov 27 Chicago Bears 34-14 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1948 Oct 17 Chicago Bears 28-0 Detroit Lions Chicago, Illinois
1948 Dec 5 Chicago Bears 42-14 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1949 Nov 13 Chicago Bears 27-24 Detroit Lions Chicago, Illinois
1949 Nov 24 Chicago Bears 28-7 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan

1950s (Bears 13–7)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1950 Nov 5 Chicago Bears 35–21 Detroit Lions 32,000 Detroit, Michigan
1950 Dec 10 Chicago Bears 6-3 Detroit Lions 34,604 Chicago, Illinois
1951 Oct 28 Chicago Bears 28-23 Detroit Lions 34,778 Detroit, Michigan
1951 Nov 11 Detroit Lions 41-28 Chicago Bears 32,247 Chicago, Illinois
1952 Nov 23 Chicago Bears 24–23 Detroit Lions 37,508 Chicago, Illinois
1952 Dec 7 Detroit Lions 45-21 Chicago Bears 50,410 Detroit, Michigan
1953 Nov 22 Detroit Lions 20-16 Chicago Bears 36,165 Chicago, Illinois
1953 Dec 6 Detroit Lions 13-7 Chicago Bears 58,056 Detroit, Michigan
1954 Sept 26 Detroit Lions 48-23 Chicago Bears 52,343 Detroit, Michigan
1954 Dec 12 Chicago Bears 28–24 Detroit Lions 37,240 Chicago, Illinois
1955 Nov 20 Chicago Bears 24–14 Detroit Lions 53,610 Detroit, Michigan
1955 Dec 4 Chicago Bears 21-20 Detroit Lions 39,388 Chicago, Illinois
1956 Dec 2 Detroit Lions 42-10 Chicago Bears 57,024 Detroit, Michigan
1956 Dec 16 Chicago Bears 38–21 Detroit Lions 49,086 Chicago, Illinois
1957 Nov 24 Chicago Bears 27-7 Detroit Lions 55,769 Detroit, Michigan
1957 Dec 15 Detroit Lions 21–13 Chicago Bears 41,088 Chicago, Illinois
1958 Nov 23 Chicago Bears 20-7 Detroit Lions 55,280 Detroit, Michigan
1958 Dec 14 Chicago Bears 21-16 Detroit Lions 38,346 Chicago, Illinois
1959 Nov 22 Chicago Bears 24-14 Detroit Lions 54,059 Detroit, Michigan
1959 Dec 13 Chicago Bears 25-14 Detroit Lions 40,890 Chicago, Illinois

1960s (Bears 10-9-1)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1960 Nov 20 Chicago Bears 28-7 Detroit Lions 46,267 Chicago, Illinois
1960 Dec 18 Detroit Lions 36-0 Chicago Bears 51,017 Detroit, Michigan
1961 Oct 8 Chicago Bears 31-17 Detroit Lions 53,854 Detroit, Michigan
1961 Dec 3 Detroit Lions 16-15 Chicago Bears 51,017 Chicago, Illinois
1962 Oct 28 Detroit Lions 11-3 Chicago Bears 53,342 Detroit, Michigan
1962 Dec 16 Chicago Bears 3-0 Detroit Lions 44,948 Chicago, Illinois
1963 Sept 29 Chicago Bears 37-21 Detroit Lions 55,400 Detroit, Michigan
1963 Dec 15 Chicago Bears 24-14 Detroit Lions 45,317 Chicago, Illinois
1964 Oct 18 Detroit Lions 10-0 Chicago Bears 47,567 Chicago, Illinois
1964 Nov 26 Chicago Bears 27-24 Detroit Lions 52,231 Detroit, Michigan
1965 Oct 24 Chicago Bears 38-10 Detroit Lions 45,658 Chicago, Illinois
1965 Nov 21 Chicago Bears 17-10 Detroit Lions 51,499 Detroit, Michigan
1966 Sept 11 Detroit Lions 14-3 Chicago Bears 52,225 Detroit, Michigan
1966 Nov 6 10-10 47,041 Chicago, Illinois
1967 Oct 15 Chicago Bears 14-3 Detroit Lions 46,024 Chicago, Illinois
1967 Nov 5 Chicago Bears 27–13 Detroit Lions 55,606 Detroit, Michigan
1968 Sept 22 Detroit Lions 42-0 Chicago Bears 50,688 Detroit, Michigan
1968 Oct 13 Detroit Lions 28–10 Chicago Bears 46,996 Chicago, Illinois
1969 Oct 19 Detroit Lions 13-7 Chicago Bears 54,732 Detroit, Michigan
1969 Dec 21 Detroit Lions 20–3 Chicago Bears 41,879 Chicago, Illinois

1970s (Lions 12–8)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1970 Oct 5 Detroit Lions 28-14 Chicago Bears 58,210 Detroit, Michigan
1970 Oct 25 Detroit Lions 16-10 Chicago Bears 45,632 Chicago, Illinois
1971 Oct 24 Chicago Bears 28-23 Detroit Lions 54,418 Detroit, Michigan
1971 Nov 21 Detroit Lions 28-3 Chicago Bears 55,049 Chicago, Illinois
1972 Oct 1 Detroit Lions 38-24 Chicago Bears 55,701 Chicago, Illinois
1972 Nov 5 Detroit Lions 14-0 Chicago Bears 54,418 Detroit, Michigan
1973 Nov 18 Detroit Lions 30-7 Chicago Bears 48,625 Chicago, Illinois
1973 Dec 9 Detroit Lions 40-7 Chicago Bears 41,729 Detroit, Michigan
1974 Sept 15 Chicago Bears 17–9 Detroit Lions 48,134 Chicago, Illinois
1974 Nov 24 Detroit Lions 34-17 Chicago Bears 40,930 Detroit, Michigan
1975 Oct 12 Detroit Lions 27–7 Chicago Bears 74,032 Pontiac, Michigan
1975 Dec 7 Chicago Bears 25-21 Detroit Lions 37,772 Chicago, Illinois
1976 Sept 12 Chicago Bears 10-3 Detroit Lions 54,125 Chicago, Illinois
1976 Nov 21 Detroit Lions 14–10 Chicago Bears 78,042 Pontiac, Michigan
1977 Sept 18 Chicago Bears 30-20 Detroit Lions 51,530 Chicago, Illinois
1977 Nov 24 Chicago Bears 31-14 Detroit Lions 71,373 Pontiac, Michigan
1978 Sept 17 Chicago Bears 19-0 Detroit Lions 65,982 Pontiac, Michigan
1978 Oct 29 Detroit Lions 21-17 Chicago Bears 53,378 Chicago, Illinois
1979 Nov 4 Chicago Bears 35-7 Detroit Lions 50,108 Chicago, Illinois
1979 Nov 22 Detroit Lions 20-0 Chicago Bears 66,219 Pontiac, Michigan

1980s (Bears 13–6)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1980 Oct 19 Chicago Bears 24-7 Detroit Lions Chicago, Illinois
1980 Nov 27 Chicago Bears 23-17 (OT) Detroit Lions 58,508 Pontiac, Michigan
1981 Oct 19 Detroit Lions 48-17 Chicago Bears 75,397 Pontiac, Michigan
1981 Nov 22 Detroit Lions 23-7 Chicago Bears 71,273 Chicago, Illinois
1982 Sept 12 Detroit Lions 17-10 Chicago Bears 50,082 Pontiac, Michigan
1982 Nov 21 Chicago Bears 20-17 Detroit Lions 46,783 Chicago, Illinois
1983 Oct 16 Detroit Lions 31–17 Chicago Bears 66,709 Pontiac, Michigan
1983 Oct 30 Detroit Lions 38-17 Chicago Bears 58,764 Chicago, Illinois
1984 Nov 18 Chicago Bears 16-14 Detroit Lions 54,911 Chicago, Illinois
1984 Dec 16 Chicago Bears 30-13 Detroit Lions 53,252 Pontiac, Michigan
1985 Nov 10 Chicago Bears 24-3 Detroit Lions 53,467 Chicago, Illinois
1985 Dec 22 Chicago Bears 37-17 Detroit Lions 74,042 Pontiac, Michigan
1986 Oct 26 Chicago Bears 13-7 Detroit Lions 62,064 Chicago, Illinois
1986 Dec 15 Chicago Bears 16-13 Detroit Lions 75,602 Pontiac, Michigan
1987 Nov 22 Chicago Bears 30-10 Detroit Lions 63,357 Chicago, Illinois
1988 Oct 9 Chicago Bears 24–7 Detroit Lions 64,526 Pontiac, Michigan
1988 Dec 11 Chicago Bears 13-12 Detroit Lions 55,010 Chicago, Illinois
1989 Sept 24 Chicago Bears 47-27 Detroit Lions 71,418 Pontiac, Michigan
1989 Dec 10 Detroit Lions 27-17 Chicago Bears 52,650 Chicago, Illinois

1990s (Lions 12–8)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1990 Dec 2 Chicago Bears 23-17 (OT) Detroit Lions 62,313 Chicago, Illinois
1990 Dec 16 Detroit Lions 38-21 Chicago Bears 67,759 Pontiac, Michigan
1991 Nov 3 Chicago Bears 20-10 Detroit Lions 57,281 Chicago, Illinois
1991 Nov 28 Detroit Lions 16-6 Chicago Bears 78,879 Pontiac, Michigan
1992 Sept 6 Chicago Bears 27-24 Detroit Lions 63,672 Chicago, Illinois
1992 Dec 20 Detroit Lions 16–3 Chicago Bears 72,777 Pontiac, Michigan
1993 Nov 25 Chicago Bears 10-6 Detroit Lions 76,699 Pontiac, Michigan
1993 Dec 26 Detroit Lions 20-14 Chicago Bears 43,443 Chicago, Illinois
1994 Oct 23 Detroit Lions 21-16 Chicago Bears 73,574 Pontiac, Michigan
1994 Nov 20 Chicago Bears 20-10 Detroit Lions 55,035 Chicago, Illinois
1995 Nov 19 Detroit Lions 24-17 Chicago Bears 61,779 Chicago, Illinois
1995 Dec 4 Detroit Lions 27-7 Chicago Bears 77,230 Pontiac, Michigan
1996 Sept 22 Detroit Lions 35-16 Chicago Bears 70,022 Pontiac, Michigan
1996 Nov 24 Chicago Bears 31-14 Detroit Lions 55,864 Chicago, Illinois
1997 Sept 14 Detroit Lions 32-7 Chicago Bears 59,147 Chicago, Illinois
1997 Nov 27 Detroit Lions 55-20 Chicago Bears 77,904 Pontiac, Michigan
1998 Oct 4 Chicago Bears 31-27 Detroit Lions 66,944 Chicago, Illinois
1998 Nov 15 Detroit Lions 26-3 Chicago Bears 63,152 Pontiac, Michigan
1999 Nov 25 Detroit Lions 21-17 Chicago Bears 77,905 Pontiac, Michigan
1999 Dec 19 Chicago Bears 28-10 Detroit Lions 50,256 Chicago, Illinois

2000s (Bears 13–7)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
2000 Sept 24 Detroit Lions 21-14 Chicago Bears 66,944 Chicago, Illinois
2000 Dec 24 Chicago Bears 23-20 Detroit Lions 71,957 Pontiac, Michigan
2001 Dec 2 Chicago Bears 13-10 Detroit Lions 66,944 Chicago, Illinois
2001 Dec 30 Chicago Bears 24-0 Detroit Lions 76,067 Pontiac, Michigan
2002 Oct 20 Detroit Lions 23-20 (OT) Chicago Bears 60,421 Detroit, Michigan
2002 Nov 24 Chicago Bears 20-17 (OT) Detroit Lions 62,375 Champaign, Illinois
2003 Oct 26 Chicago Bears 24-16 Detroit Lions 61,428 Chicago, Illinois
2003 Nov 9 Detroit Lions 12-10 Chicago Bears 61,492 Detroit, Michigan
2004 Sept 12 Detroit Lions 20-16 Chicago Bears 61,535 Chicago, Illinois
2004 Dec 26 Detroit Lions 19-13 Chicago Bears 61,924 Detroit, Michigan
2005 Sept 18 Chicago Bears 38-6 Detroit Lions 62,019 Chicago, Illinois
2005 Oct 30 Chicago Bears 19-13 (OT) Detroit Lions 61,814 Detroit, Michigan
2006 Sept 17 Chicago Bears 34-7 Detroit Lions 62,181 Chicago, Illinois
2006 Dec 24 Chicago Bears 26–21 Detroit Lions 60,665 Detroit, Michigan
2007 Sept 30 Detroit Lions 37-27 Chicago Bears 60,811 Detroit, Michigan
2007 Oct 28 Detroit Lions 16-7 Chicago Bears 62,171 Chicago, Illinois
2008 Oct 5 Chicago Bears 34-7 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
2008 Nov 2 Chicago Bears 27-23 Detroit Lions Chicago, Illinois
2009 Oct 4 Chicago Bears 48-24 Detroit Lions Chicago, Illinois
2010 Jan 3 Chicago Bears 37-23 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan

2010s (Bears 5-3)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
2010 Sept 12 Chicago Bears 19-14 Detroit Lions Chicago, Illinois
2010 Dec 5 Chicago Bears 24-20 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
2011 Oct 10 Detroit Lions 24-13 Chicago Bears Detroit, Michigan
2011 Nov 13 Chicago Bears 37-13 Detroit Lions Chicago, Illinois
2012 Oct 22 Chicago Bears 13-7 Detroit Lions Chicago, Illinois
2012 Dec 30 Chicago Bears 26-24 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
2013 Sep 29 Detroit Lions 40-32 Chicago Bears Detroit, Michigan
2013 Nov 10 Detroit Lions 21-19 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois

* - Denotes a Playoff Game

See also[edit]

Other sports rivalries involving the same cities:

Other rivalries involving the two teams:

References[edit]