Perhaps the division with the greatest rivalries in football, the NFC North is affectionately referred to by many fans as the “Black & Blue Division.” The four teams that comprise this class are some of the oldest in the game, as well as some of the greatest. With a fan base that is as rabid as any, the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings bring a physical brand of play unlike any other in professional sports.
An Impressive Record
The NFC North boasts 5 Super Bowl victories, 11 NFC Championships and 27 NFL Championships. By and away the most successful team is the Packers. As the oldest team in the NFL, it has had numerous dynasties – including the distinction of winning the first two Super Bowls. However, the Vikings have the most division championships with 18. In regards to playoff appearances, as of the 2010 season, the Packers, Bears and Vikings have all appeared in the playoffs 26 times each. The Lions have only 14 appearances. Detroit is also known as the worst team in the NFC North’s history. The team took the division crown a mere three times and is the only NFL team to ever lose every game in a single season.
Where Do They Play?
One of the most interesting things this division offers is its cold weather threat to opponents. All four teams traditionally played outdoors. Today, only Green Bay and Chicago play outdoors at Lambeau Field and Soldier Field respectively. Detroit plays at Ford Field and Minnesota plays at Mall of America Field, an air pressurized dome.
- Green Bay and Chicago are the two oldest teams in the NFL, both founded in 1919.
- Detroit has played a Thanksgiving Day game every year since 1934.
- Green Bay and Chicago have played the most games against each other in NFL history.
- Green Bay is the only team in the NFL publicly owned, with people buying shares into the franchise.
- Between the years of 1977 and 2001, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were also part of the division when it was the NFC Central. Tampa moved to the NFC South during the realignment.
- Perhaps one of the greatest sports facilities disasters in history, the Metrodome stadium in Minnesota collapsed from the weight of snow in 2010.
Legends Like No Other
Whether playing on the frozen tundra or underneath the bright lights of a dome, these teams have battled some of the greatest games in the history of the sport. With the likes of Bart Starr, Fran Tarkenton, Walter Payton, Brett Favre, Barry Sanders, Randy Moss and Adrian Peterson, the NFC North boasts some of the greatest Hall of Fame and future Hall of Fame players. For nearly a century the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings have given and will continue to provide fans with a one-of-a-kind experience, unrivaled by any other in the NFL.
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