The Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens will kick off the NFL’s 99th season when they meet in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game at 7 p.m. CT Thursday, Aug. 2 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
The game will be played in conjunction with the Hall of Fame ceremony, which will take place Saturday, Aug. 4. Both organizations are featuring their own star-studded linebackers who will be enshrined and presented with their gold jackets in Brian Urlacher (Bears) and Ray Lewis (Ravens). Urlacher is the first Bear to be enshrined since 2011 and the 28th overall in franchise history – the most of any team.
The Bears are 4-0 all-time in the Hall of Fame game, having last played in 2005, a 27-24 win over the Miami Dolphins. The Bears were scheduled to play the St. Louis Rams in 2011, but the game was canceled due to the NFL lockout. The Ravens will be making their first appearance in the Hall of Fame game.
Bears Hall of Fame Game History:
Aug. 3, 1968 Chicago Bears 30, Dallas Cowboys 24
July 30, 1977 Chicago Bears 20, New York Jets 6
Aug. 4, 1990 Chicago Bears 13, Cleveland Browns 0
Aug. 8, 2005 Chicago Bears 27, Miami Dolphins 24
Aug. 7, 2011 Chicago Bears vs. St. Louis Rams (canceled)
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys are tied for the most appearances (6) all-time in the HOF game while the Washington Redskins have the most wins (5-0).