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Capsules of all 13 Bears' opponents

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Take a capsule look at all 13 of the Bears' 2014 opponents, including series record, the last meeting between the teams and an interesting factoid.

HOME AND AWAY
Detroit Lions
Series: Bears lead 96-67-5 and have won 9 of last 12.
Last meeting: Bears lost 21-19 on Nov. 10, 2013 at Soldier Field. Josh McCown's 11-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall drew the Bears to within two with :40 remaining. But Matt Forte was stuffed on the subsequent two-point conversion by defensive tackle Nick Fairley on a run up the middle, enabling the Lions to escape with the victory.
Did you know: The NFC North rivals have split their season series only once since 2003; the Bears swept the two games in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012, while the Lions won both meetings in 2004, 2007 and 2013.

Green Bay Packers
Series: Bears lead 93-89-6 but have lost 7 of last 8.
Last meeting: Bears lost 33-28 on Dec. 29, 2013 at Soldier Field. Aaron Rodgers' 48-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb on fourth-and-eight with :38 remaining gave the Packers the NFC North championship in the winner-take-all season finale. Jay Cutler's 5-yard TD pass to Brandon Marshall had given the Bears a 28-20 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Did you know: The 188 meetings are the most between any two NFL teams; however the series is not the league's oldest rivalry. The Bears first played the Cardinals in 1920, one year before their initial game against the Packers.

Minnesota Vikings
Series: Bears trail 54-50-2 but have won 7 of last 9.
Last meeting: Bears lost 23-20 in overtime on Dec. 1, 2013 in Minnesota. Blair Walsh's 34-yard field goal with 1:43 left in overtime gave the Vikings the victory. Walsh's kick came after Robbie Gould had missed a 47-yard field goal attempt earlier in overtime for the Bears, who blew a 20-10 fourth-quarter lead. Alshon Jeffery set a franchise receiving record with 249 yards.
Did you know: While their new stadium is being built, the Vikings will play their home games outdoors at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium the next two seasons. In 2010, the Bears clinched the NFC North title at TCF Bank Stadium with a 40-14 win. The game was moved there after the Metrodome's roof had collapsed under the weight of heavy snow.

HOME
Buffalo Bills
Series: Bears lead 7-4 and have won last 2.
Last meeting: Bears won 22-19 on Nov. 7, 2010 in Toronto. In their first regular-season game outside the United States, the Bears rallied from a 19-14 deficit on Jay Cutler's 2-yard TD pass to Earl Bennett with 6:41 to play. The winning score was set up by a Tim Jennings interception.
Did you know: The Bears are 5-0 at home all-time against the Bills, winning by scores of 31-13 at Wrigley Field and 24-3, 20-13, 20-3 and 40-7 at Soldier Field.

Dallas Cowboys
Series: Bears trail 13-11 but have won last 3.
Last meeting: Bears won 45-28 on Dec. 9, 2013 at Soldier Field on Monday Night Football. The Bears offense scored on all eight of its possessions before taking a knee on the final play. Josh McCown accounted for five touchdowns, passing for four and running for one.  
Did you know: The Bears are seeking to win four straight games against the Cowboys for the first time ever.

Miami Dolphins
Series: Bears trail 7-4 and have lost 2 of last 3.
Last meeting: Bears won 16-0 on Nov. 18, 2010 in Miami on Thursday Night Football. In winning their third game in 12 days, the Bears took over sole possession of first place in the NFC North. The Bears defense limited the Dolphins to 187 total yards and 1-of-11 on third down.
Did you know: The 16-0 victory over Miami in 2010 is the Bears' only shutout since they recorded two in 2006, a span of 112 games.

New Orleans Saints
Series: Bears lead 15-13 and have won 4 of last 6.
Last meeting: Bears lost 26-18 on Oct. 6, 2013 at Soldier Field. Drew Brees passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns, and Jimmy Graham had 10 receptions for 135 yards. Jay Cutler threw for 358 yards with two TDs and a 128.1 rating, his highest in a loss in his eight-year NFL career.
Did you know: The Bears have defeated the Saints in three of their last four meetings at Soldier Field, beginning with a 39-14 victory in the 2006 NFC Championship Game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Series: Bears lead 26-18 and have won 3 of last 4.
Last meeting: Bears won 24-18 on Oct. 23, 2011 in London. In the Bears' first regular-season game outside North America, Matt Forte rushed for 78 of his game-high 145 yards in the first quarter, including a 32-yard TD. D.J. Moore's interception with :27 to play preserved the win.
Did you know: When the two teams were NFC Central rivals, the Bears defeated the Buccaneers in 12 straight games from 1983-88 and 17 of 19 from 1983-92.

AWAY
Atlanta Falcons
Series: Bears lead 13-12 and have won 4 of last 6.
Last meeting: Bears won 30-12 on Sept. 11, 2011 at Soldier Field. Jay Cutler passed for 312 yards and two touchdowns while posting a 107.8 passer rating. The Bears defense generated three takeaways and five sacks and scored a TD on Brian Urlacher's 12-yard fumble return.
Did you know: The Bears have suffered heart-breaking losses in their last two games in Atlanta, falling 22-20 in 2008 and 21-14 in 2009.

Carolina Panthers
Series: Bears lead 5-3 and have won last 3.
Last meeting: Bears won 23-22 on Oct. 28, 2012 at Soldier Field. Robbie Gould kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired. The Bears had lost the lead late after erasing a 19-7 deficit by scoring two TDs in :08 midway through the fourth quarter on Jay Cutler's 12-yard pass to Kellen Davis and Tim Jennings' 25-yard interception return.
Did you know: The Bears won the last meeting in Carolina 23-6 in 2010 even though quarterback Todd Collins, who was subbing for the injured Cutler, completed just 6 of 16 passes with four interceptions before getting pulled late in the third quarter.

New England Patriots
Series: Bears trail 8-4 and have lost last 3.
Last meeting: Bears lost 36-7 on Dec. 12, 2010 at Soldier Field. The Patriots cruised to a 33-0 lead after two quarters in the snow, the largest halftime deficit in Bears history. Tom Brady passed for 369 yards and two touchdowns to help New England outgain the Bears 273-33.
Did you know: Since pummeling the Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX, the Bears are just 1-6 versus New England and have surrendered at least 30 points in four of the six losses.

New York Jets
Series: Bears lead 7-3 and have won the last 3.
Last meeting: Bears won 38-34 on Dec. 26, 2010 at Soldier Field. The Bears rallied from a 21-10 first-half deficit behind Jay Cutler, who threw three touchdown passes in a 7:14 span of the third quarter and ran for a fourth TD. Matt Forte rushed for 113 yards and one TD on 19 carries.
Did you know: In their last road game against the Jets, the Bears recorded a 10-0 shutout on Nov. 19, 2006.  

San Francisco 49ers
Series: Bears trail 32-29-1 and have lost last 2.
Last meeting: Bears lost 32-7 on Nov. 19, 2012 in San Francisco. Making his first NFL start, Colin Kaepernick threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns while posting a 133.1 passer rating as the 49ers outgained the Bears 355-143. Aldon Smith recorded 5.5 of San Francisco's six sacks, the most ever by a Bears opponent.
Did you know: The Bears are 0-8 against the 49ers in San Francisco since 1987, losing by an average margin of 34-6.

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