The 49ers and Packers will meet for the seventh time in the postseason on Sunday. Here's a look at how the first six meetings went:
Packers 27, 49ers 17
1995 NFC Divisional Playoff
Jan. 6, 1996/Candlestick Park
Key moment: On the 49ers' first offensive play, Packers linebacker Wayne Simmons hammered fullback Adam Walker on a screen pass that resulted in a fumble that Craig Newsome returned 31 yards for a touchdown. The Packers rode that momentum to a 21-0 lead and never looked back against the 49ers.
The hero: NFL MVP Brett Favre completed 21 of 28 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns, without throwing any interceptions and getting sacked only once.
Quotable: "When you are up, 21-0, to somebody else, it is great," Packers tight end Keith Jackson said. "But when you are up 21-0 against the 49ers, you get nervous. You start saying, 'Let that clock roll, let that clock roll. . .'"
Packers 35, 49ers 14
1996 NFC Divisional Playoff
Jan. 4, 1997/Lambeau Field
Key moment: Desmond Howard returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown to start the Packers scoring on a day in which offense was at a premium because of rain, sleet and snow.
The hero: Howard added a 46-yard punt return to the 49ers' 7-yard line in setting up the Packers' second touchdown.
Quotable: "He took them right out of the game when he took their initial punt for a touchdown," Packers general manager Ron Wolf said. "The next time he touches the ball, we go in again. It's 14-0, and we've got 9 yards in total offense."
Packers 23, 49ers 10
1997 NFC Championship Game
Jan. 11, 1998/Candlestick Park
Key moment: Packers safety Eugene Robinson intercepted Steve Young and returned the ball 58 yards to the 49ers' 28-yard line. The Packers scored a touchdown two plays later for a 10-0 lead.
The hero: Packers running back Dorsey Levens rushed for a franchise-record 114 yards in becoming the first player to hit the 100-yard mark against the 49ers all season.
Quotable: "We felt the pressure to repeat,'' said Robinson of the Packers advancing to the Super Bowl after winning it the previous season. "The entire season was pressure- packed. We had a lot to prove, but we kept our cohesion. Last year was a storied season, but this team is going to be judged strictly by what we do in the Super Bowl."
49ers 30, Packers 27
1998 NFC Wild-Card Playoff
Jan. 3, 1999/Candlestick Park
Key moment: Young connected with wide receiver Terrell Owens on a 25-yard pass for a touchdown with 3 seconds left in one of the more memorable games in 49ers history. Young slipped and almost fell as he dropped back, righted himself, then delivered a strike to Owens a split second before several Packers defenders hammered Owens in the end zone.
The hero: Young overcame an up-and-down game — 17 of 31 for 157 yards and two interceptions before the final pass — to play a key role on the biggest play of the game.
Quotable: "I just looked at the clock, and it was ticking, ticking, ticking," Owens said. "I wanted to beat Green Bay so bad. Anytime there's a chance for me to get the ball over the middle, I'm tough enough to take it. I was just happy that I caught the ball. I had a rough day. I let the team down in the beginning, but they all encouraged me to keep my head up."
Packers 25, 49ers 15
2001 NFC Wild-Card Playoff
Jan. 13, 2002/Lambeau Field
Key moment: At halftime, Favre pleaded with the coaches to open up the offense. Favre responded by passing for 226 of his 269 yards in the second half and directing four scoring drives on the 49ers.
The hero: Defensive back Tyrone Williams intercepted a Young pass at the Packers' 7-yard line in the fourth quarter. The Packers marched 93 yards for a game-clinching touchdown on their ensuing possession.
Quotable: "It's do or die in the playoffs," Favre said. "I don't ever want to look back and say we left something on the field. That was my stance at halftime. ... I said, 'Let's go get them. Lay it on the field.' When you come off the field, don't ever look back and say, 'We should have taken some chances,' or 'We should have done this or done that.'"
49ers 45, Packers 31
2012 NFC Divisional Playoff
Jan. 12, 2013/Candlestick Park
Key moment: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick burst into the secondary on a read-option play midway through the third quarter and turned it into a tiebreaking 56-yard touchdown. That keyed a 21-point explosion and propelled the 49ers past a Packers team that allowed Kaepernick to rush for 181 yards — an NFL record for a quarterback — and pass for 263 yards and two touchdowns.
The hero: Kaepernick executed the read-option to perfection despite not calling his number as often at any time in the regular season. This caught the Packers off guard and gave future opponents far more to game plan for when playing the 49ers.
Quotable: "It feels good. We're one step closer to where we want to be," Kaepernick said. "I feel like I had a lot to prove. A lot of people doubted my ability to lead this team."