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FOX Sports, now in its 28th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game. 

  • Play-by-play man Joe Davis joins analyst Greg Olsen and sideline reporter Pam Oliver.
  • DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game with NFL Sunday Ticket on Channel 710.
  • Sports USA Radio will be broadcasting to a national audience with Larry Kahn (play-by-play) and Mark Carrier (analyst) on the call.
  • Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 49 stations in four states. For a full listing of radio affiliates, go to www.packers.com. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 26th season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 23rd season of broadcasts together. They surpassed Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers with 313 at the 2018 season opener against Chicago. Both McCarren and Larrivee are members of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
  • The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).


  • Matt LaFleur: 30-7-0, .811; (2-2 postseason); 3rd NFL season
  • Matt Nagy: 31-22-0, .586 (0-2 postseason); 4th NFL season
  • Head to Head: LaFleur 4-0 vs. Nagy
  • vs. Opponent: LaFleur 4-0 vs. Bears; Nagy 1-5 vs. Packers

MATT LaFLEUR…In his third season as the Packers’ 15th head coach.

  • In his 13th season in the NFL, having previously served as an offensive coordinator for two seasons (Los Angeles Rams, 2017; Tennessee Titans, 2018), a quarterbacks coach for six seasons (Washington Football Team, 2010-13; Atlanta Falcons, 2015-16), and an offensive assistant for two seasons (Houston Texans, 2008-09).
  • In his first two seasons leading the Packers, has authored one of the greatest starts to a head-coaching career in NFL history. For the second consecutive season in 2020, led Green Bay to a 13-3 record and captured the NFC North crown while also earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the first time since 2011. It was just the second time in team history that the Packers had won 13-plus games in back-to- back seasons (13-3 in 1996 and 1997). 
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, was the sixth head coach since 1970 to lead his team to the conference championship game in both of his first two seasons as a head coach, joining Jim Harbaugh (2011-12), Rex Ryan (2009-10), Barry Switzer (1994-95), George Seifert (1989-90) and Don McCafferty (1970-71). 
  • Became just the second NFL head coach since the league went to a divisional format in 1967 to win 13-plus games and a division title in both of his first two seasons, joining Seifert (1989-90).
  • In his first season leading the Packers in 2019, became the first coach in club history to lead the team to the playoffs in his debut season. Also led the largest one-year win improvement in team history (plus-seven wins).

MATT NAGY…In his fourth season as the Bears’ 16th head coach.

  • The 2018 Associated Press and PFWA Coach of the Year, has compiled a record of 31-22 in his first three-plus seasons as the head coach in Chicago, with one division championship and two playoff appearances. 
  • Has enjoyed success within the division, going 12-7 against the NFC North, including a 11-2 mark against the Vikings and Lions. 
  • His .585 career win percentage is the second highest among Bears coaches since the 1970 merger, trailing Mike Ditka’s .631 percentage.
  • Owns 13 years of NFL coaching experience, serving on the Philadelphia Eagles’ staff from 2008-12 and working with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013-17, including one year (2017) as offensive coordinator.


Packers S Adrian Amos was drafted by Chicago in 2015 and played with the Bears for four seasons (2015-18)…Bears TE Jimmy Graham played for the Packers for two seasons (2018-19)…Green Bay players with connections to Illinois include: DL Jack Heflin (Prophetstown, Northern Illinois), T Dennis Kelly (Chicago Heights), DL Dean Lowry (Rockford, Northwestern), DL Tyler Lancaster (Plainfield, Northwestern), T/G Royce Newman (Nashville) and TE Robert Tonyan (McHenry)…Packers assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus is from Bloom Township, Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois…Butkus was signed as a rookie free agent by the Bears in 2002 and is the nephew of Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus…Butkus was also the offensive line coach at his alma mater (2012, 2016-18) and served as the Bears’ assistant offensive line coach from 2007-09…Bears wide receivers coach Mike Furrey played for the Washington Football Team when Packers head coach Matt LaFleur and inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti were on the staff in 2010…Bears senior defensive assistant Mike Pettine served the last three seasons (2018-20) as the Packers defensive coordinator…Bears assistant wide receivers coach Chris Jackson appeared in two games for the Packers at wide receiver during the 2002-03 seasons…Bears offensive quality control coach Henry Burris was a backup quarterback for the Packers during the 2001 season…Bears general manager Ryan Pace and Packers executive vice president/director of football operations Russ Ball served together in the Saints’ front office from 2002-07…Bears offensive line coach Juan Castillo was an offensive analyst at Michigan in 2019 while Packers G Jon Runyan played for the school…Packers assistant special teams coach Rayna Stewart served as a graduate assistant at Northwestern from 2007-08…Chicago assistant offensive line coach Donovan Raiola played for the Wisconsin Badgers from 2002-05..Packers assistant defensive backs coach Ryan Downard (2014-15), Bears DB Tashaun Gipson Sr. (2012-15), Bears special teams coordinator Chris Tabor (2011-17), quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo (2015) and Pettine all spent time with the Cleveland Browns organization together…Packers defensive backs/pass game coordinator coach Jerry Gray, Packers inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti and Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor coached together for the Washington Football Team during the 2006-07 seasons…Lazor also served as the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator when Packers G/T Billy Turner was on the roster in 2014-15…Bears tight ends coach Clancy Barone served as the Broncos’ offensive line coach when Turner played for the team in 2016…Green Bay TE Marcedes Lewis (2006-17), offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett (2015-18) and Butkus (2013-15) spent time with Chicago WR Allen Robinson II (2014-17) with the Jacksonville Jaguars…Lewis and Hackett were also with the Jaguars when Gipson (2016-18) was on the team’s roster.


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