When you get here, it's the George Halas Trophy a team wins.
If a sqaud should survive, they play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Halas decided on the colors of, played for and then coached the Chicago Bears to six NFL Championships as his precense dominated the franchise for it's first 60 years. Even the practice facility in Lake Forest still bears (No pun intended) his name.
Lombardi got five NFL Championships in addition to the first two Super Bowls for the club in Green Bay, in which his tough, no frills style made him such an icon in the game that he recently was the subject of a Broadway play.
As the coaches rose to prominence-and eventually onto two championship trophies-their teams developed a rivalry that has been a composite of intensity, insanity, and a flair for the dramatic.
Free kicks, kickers catching their own blocked kicks for touchdowns, a 300-plus pound line playing running back and touchdowns that have been called good after getting called back. All of them have been in the 181 previous meetings between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers.
But none have been like meeting number 182. This one's different. This time, both trophies are at stake.
The second-seeded Bears will host the sixth-seeded Packers Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field, with an NFC Championship and the Halas Trophy waiting for the victor. Never has this happened before, and the team that should survive this matchup will get a chance to play for the Lombardi Trophy in Dallas on February 6th.
"I'm sure George Halas and Vince Lombardi are just as pumped up about seeing their team meet the way they will this weekend," said Bears coach Lovie Smith, who proclaimed at his opening news conference that beating the Packers was apart of his top priorities with the Bears.
While he's been successful in that category-beating the Packers eight of the 14 times they've met since 2004-none would be bigger that Sunday.
It's only the second time the two have met in the playoffs, with the Bears winning a Western divisional tie-breaker over the Packers 33-14 at Wrigley Field on December 14, 1941. Chicago would go onto win the NFL Championship the next week over the New York Giants 37-9.
That victory could be considered the biggest for the Bears in the rivalry that started in 1921, one in which "The Monsters of the Midway" hold a 92-83-6 overall lead.
“I think our fans might have a little more hatred personally, but I think that’s what makes it fun," said Bears tight end Greg Olson of the rivalry. "It means a lot to our fans to beat them and we realize that and we appreciate that and that ups our level.
"We want to win always, but it puts a little something extra special and there’s no doubt about it."
Indeed, however, it was the 83rd Packers victory over the Bears-a defense-laden 10-3 win on January 2nd-that got Green Bay into the playoffs at all and give them a chance to play for an NFC Championship.
It's that fact, according to Packers linebacker and rivalry newcomer Clay Matthews, that makes this game unique from the typical regular season grudge match.
"it’s an NFC Championship game. You have to understand that no matter who you’re playing, you better bring you’re A-game because you’re one game away from making the Super Bowl," said Matthews of Sunday's game. "You need to show up, and you wouldn’t be in the position you are if you hadn’t been."
But still, its the Bears and the Packers, so normal hostilities are likely to rekindle.
"They're about four-and-a-half hours away from them, we're used to playing them, they're used to playing us," said linebacker Lance Briggs. "So this is a game we're very familiar with."