The 49ers and Packers went into the NFC Championship having performed one another as soon as already this season, and with a really lengthy playoff history between the two groups. They battled an NFL-most seven instances in the playoffs since they first met in 1995, and added an eighth chapter whereas preventing for a visit to the Super Bowl.
Although they’ve additionally performed some shut, intense video games, they aren’t actually rivals, per se. Brett Favre owned a 4-1 document in opposition to the 49ers in the postseason, and that made him an enemy of many 49ers followers, however it didn’t get a lot deeper than that.
That may very well be on account of the teaching relationships which have related the franchises over the years. Mike Holmgren and Mike McCarthy had been each Green Bay head coaches for a very long time, and each had been beforehand 49ers assistants. Former 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci was a Packers assistant in the previous, too.
Nowadays, Green Bay is led by Matt LaFleur, who spent eight seasons working beneath present 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan. LaFleur’s brother, Mike, is the present passing recreation coordinator for the 49ers. Both Shanahan and LaFleur completed the 2019 season at 13-3.
It’s fairly odd that two franchises with a lot success — 9 Super Bowls between them — solely started assembly in the postseason 24 years in the past. But it’s nonetheless a enjoyable history, one which was added to on Sunday as they fought over one other journey to the Super Bowl.
Let’s take a look back at their latest, but in depth, playoff history in opposition to one another.
Jan. 6, 1996, Divisional Round: Packers 27, 49ers 17
The 49ers had been nonetheless the “dominant” workforce in the NFL, coming off a Super Bowl win and three straight championship recreation appearances. So when the Packers pressured a fumble for a landing on the 49ers’ first play of the recreation, curiosity was piqued. The 49ers fell behind 21-Zero shortly and had been by no means capable of recuperate.
San Francisco’s working backs had their efficiency of all time, with simply 5 yards from the place. Steve Young set an NFL playoff document with 65 move makes an attempt, however he additionally had three turnovers and the offense simply couldn’t end out drives. The 49ers had been searching for their fourth consecutive look in the NFC Championship and as an alternative obtained handed a giant L. That would change into a theme in opposition to Brett Favre, who completed this recreation with a pair of touchdowns and slightly below 300 yards passing.
The Packers would go on to lose to the Cowboys in the NFC title recreation.
Jan. 4, 1997, Divisional Round: Packers 35, 49ers 14
This one was a beatdown, the greatest margin in a 49ers-Packers recreation in the post-merger NFL. It was began by a 71-yard punt return for a landing by Desmond Howard:
This was additionally the recreation in which Young was injected with painkillers in order to play, however he solely lasted two sequence earlier than Elvis Grbac took over. A lot of nice images got here from this exceedingly muddy recreation at Lambeau Field, the place the 49ers couldn’t transfer the ball with out Young.
The Packers went on to win the Super Bowl that 12 months — the just one they gained with Favre at the helm, although it was Howard who pulled down MVP honors.
This would even be the final recreation that George Seifert coached with the 49ers.
Jan. 11, 1998, NFC Championship: Packers 23, 49ers 10
After a pair of Divisional Round video games, the 49ers and Packers lastly met in the NFC Championship. It was the third consecutive 12 months the Packers performed in the title recreation. Both groups ended the common season at 13-Three and the 49ers had been the hosts, identical to in current day.
This recreation modified early in the second quarter when Eugene Robinson grabbed a Young interception and returned it 58 yards. Favre then obtained the Packers on the board with a 27-yard landing move, and so they by no means appeared back. Young was sacked 4 instances in the second half, whereas Dorsey Levens had 114 yards and a landing on the floor for Green Bay. The 49ers’ solely landing in the recreation was a 95-yard kick return by Chuck Levy.
The Packers punched their ticket to the Super Bowl, the place they fell to John Elway and the Broncos, 31-24.
Jan. 3, 1999, Wild Card Round: 49ers 30, Packers 27
Four consecutive playoff video games and the 49ers lastly managed to beat Favre. And they did it in unimaginable trend, serving to create the legacy of Terrell Owens in the course of. Owens cemented his place in 49ers history when he grabbed a game-winning 25-yard landing move from Young in tight protection as the clock wound down.
Owens caught the move — certainly one of the greatest catches of his Hall of Fame profession — with eight seconds to go. It was large that he caught it, as a result of he had a fumble and dropped a landing move earlier in the recreation. Owens later stated he didn’t know the place his profession would find yourself if not for “The Catch II,” because it was known as.
The 49ers misplaced in the subsequent spherical, however Young lastly obtained a playoff win in his ultimate showdown with Favre.
Jan. 13, 2002, Wild Card Round: Packers 25, 49ers 15
The momentum shifted in the fourth quarter for Jeff Garcia and the 49ers. Trailing by eight factors, Garcia hit Tai Streets for a landing and two-point conversion to tie issues up. The Packers responded with a subject aim minutes later, giving the 49ers the ball back on a attainable game-winning drive.
It by no means occurred. Garcia, who obtained stitches on the opening drive, was intercepted by Tyrone Williams in the pink zone with 5 minutes to go. The Packers scored not lengthy after, making the margin look quite a bit much less shut than it was. This was the ultimate time Favre’s Packers haunted the 49ers in the postseason.
Jan. 12. 2013, Divisional Round: 49ers 45, Packers 31
More than 10 years later, Colin Kaepernick entered the fray. Kaepernick is legendary for lots of causes, however his legend on the subject was crafted on the back of dominating the Packers. Kaepernick went 5-2 as a starter that season changing the injured Alex Smith, and he completely balled out in opposition to the Packers.
That included an NFL playoff document for quarterbacks with 181 yards speeding and two touchdowns. He additionally threw for 263 yards and two extra scores in the 45-31 rout. It was an enormous recreation for Kaepernick, who was intercepted by Sam Shields on the opening drive of the recreation.
San Francisco went on to play in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1994.
Jan. 5, 2014, Wild Card Round: 49ers 23, Packers 20
He didn’t do it as completely as the first day out, however Kaepernick nonetheless proved he had the Packers’ quantity. He threw for 227 yards and a landing and added 98 yards on the floor. It was a chilly night at Lambeau, the place the temperature simply 5 levels and the wind chill was minus-10 at kickoff. Kaepernick didn’t put on sleeves throughout the recreation, whereas coach Jim Harbaugh placed on hotter garments at halftime.
The 49ers finally gained because of a 33-yard subject aim from kicker Phil Dawson with three seconds left. That was San Francisco’s fourth consecutive win over Green Bay, common season included.
Aaron Rodgers, who grew up a 49ers fan in California, dropped to 0-2 in opposition to the 49ers.
Jan. 19, 2020, NFC Championship: 49ers 34, Packers 20
The Raheem Mostert recreation. Mostert, an undrafted back who spent workforce with six different NFL franchises earlier than touchdown with the 49ers, completely went off, speeding for 220 yards and 4 touchdowns on 29 carries. Mostert’s yards had been the second-most in a postseason recreation in NFL history, trailing solely Eric Dickerson’s 248 yards in the 1985 Divisional Round.
Undrafted out of Purdue
On his seventh NFL workforce
Had to struggle to get taking part in time in a crowded 49ers
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 20, 2020
And that was the story of the recreation, by and enormous.
The Packers wound up scoring a pair instances late to make the scoreboard nearer, however the 49ers had been completely dominant on each side of the ball for this one. It was a speeding — and blocking — masterclass by Kyle Shanahan’s offense and it despatched the 49ers to the Super Bowl, the place they stand an opportunity of snaring their sixth Lombardi Trophy.