GREEN BAY – Saturday night's NFC Divisional playoff matchup between the Packers and 49ers at Lambeau Field will mark the ninth postseason meeting between these two franchises.
Green Bay dominated the postseason series early on. San Francisco has had the better of it since. All told, they've split the eight games, 4-4.
For a refresher on what's transpired in the past, here's a thumbnail sketch on each of the previous meetings.
1995 NFC Divisional at 3Com Park: Packers 27, 49ers 17
This was the game that announced the mid-1990s Packers as legitimate contenders, as they knocked off the defending Super Bowl champs at their place. It turned out to be the only victory posted by an NFC road team in the divisional round in the decade of the '90s.
The game started with Packers LB Wayne Simmons drilling 49ers FB Adam Walker to force a fumble on San Francisco's first offensive snap. Packers CB Craig Newsome scooped it up, ran it back 31 yards for a touchdown, and Green Bay never looked back.
WR Robert Brooks and TE Keith Jackson both surpassed 100 yards receiving for the Packers, and 49ers QB Steve Young attempted a playoff-record 65 passes in trying to rally from a 21-0 deficit.
Take a look back in time at memorable photos from prior Packers-49ers matchups in California.
1996 NFC Divisional at Lambeau Field: Packers 35, 49ers 14
Heavy rain turned Lambeau into the sloppy tundra, and eventual Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard's two big punt returns early staked the Packers to a big advantage.
Howard returned the 49ers' first punt 71 yards for a touchdown and then ran back another later in the first quarter 46 yards to the San Francisco 7-yard line to set up another score. Young lasted only two series with his broken ribs (from the previous week), giving way to Elvis Grbac at QB, and Packers RB Edgar Bennett rushed for 80 yards and two TDs.
1997 NFC Championship at 3Com Park: Packers 23, 49ers 10
The Packers earned a second straight trip to the Super Bowl by dominating the 49ers from start to finish. A Eugene Robinson interception preceded an Antonio Freeman TD catch, and Freeman hauled in a 40-yard bomb from Brett Favre (on his way to a 100-yard day) late in the first half to set up a field goal for a 13-3 Green Bay lead at intermission.
Green Bay's defense sacked Young four times in the fourth quarter, Packers RB Dorsey Levens tacked on a TD as part of his 114 rushing yards, and the 49ers didn't find the end zone until the game's final minutes on a long kickoff return.
The Green Bay Packers faced the San Francisco 49ers in the 1997 NFC Championship Game on Jan. 11, 1998. The Packers won 23-10 and advanced to Super Bowl XXXII.
1998 NFC Wild Card at 3Com Park: 49ers 30, Packers 27
San Francisco finally got past its playoff nemesis on a dramatic 25-yard TD pass from Young to Terrell Owens between four defenders with three seconds left, ending the Mike Holmgren era in Green Bay.
Favre drove the Packers 89 yards late in the fourth quarter, connecting with rookie WR Corey Bradford for 47 yards and then hitting Freeman for the go-ahead 15-yard score, Freeman's second TD in the game. The Packers led, 27-23, with 1:56 left.
Back came the Niners, who caught a break when Packers LB Bernardo Harris recovered WR Jerry Rice's fumble, but the officials had ruled Rice down and there was no replay review system to remedy the missed call. Four plays later, Owens atoned for several dropped passes on the day to become a hero.
2001 NFC Wild Card at Lambeau Field: Packers 25, 49ers 15
Green Bay needed to block a field goal to be down just 7-6 at halftime and then rallied behind the arm of Favre, who threw for 226 of his 269 yards in the second half.
Packers CB Tyrone Williams intercepted a pass deflected by teammate Mike McKenzie at the Green Bay 7-yard line midway through the fourth quarter with the Packers protecting a three-point lead. RB Ahman Green then capped a 93-yard drive with a 3-yard TD run to seal the win.
2012 NFC Divisional at Candlestick Park: 49ers 45, Packers 31
An early pick-six by Packers CB Sam Shields helped Green Bay stay in this one for a while, but that would turn out to be the only mistake 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick would make.
With the score tied at 24 in the third quarter, Kaepernick ran around the right side untouched 56 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, beginning a run of 21 straight San Francisco points as the 49ers rolled up 579 yards of offense.
Kaepernick would finish with a playoff-record 181 rushing yards for a QB, and he also threw two TD passes to WR Michael Crabtree, who had nine catches for 119 yards.
2013 NFC Wild Card at Lambeau Field: 49ers 23, Packers 20
A back-and-forth game in frigid conditions (5 degrees at kickoff, minus-10 wind chill) came down to the last two possessions.
Trailing 20-17, Aaron Rodgers – who had gotten the Packers into the playoffs with a dramatic fourth-down, 48-yard TD pass the previous week in Chicago – drove Green Bay deep into San Francisco territory, but the drive stalled at the 6-yard line and the Packers settled for the tying field goal with 5:06 left.
The 49ers proceeded to kill the rest of the clock on their final drive, surviving a near-interception by Packers CB Micah Hyde and converting a crucial third down on a Kaepernick scramble to get into field-goal range. K Phil Dawson's walk-off 33-yarder ended it.
2019 NFC Championship at Levi's Stadium: 49ers 37, Packers 20
Green Bay could not stop San Francisco's ground game, as the 49ers rolled up 285 rushing yards, with 220 of them and four touchdowns coming from RB Raheem Mostert, ending Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur's brilliant first season on a sour note.
After an early punt, the 49ers scored on five straight possessions (three TDs, two FGs) to take a 27-0 halftime lead. The Packers got within 34-20 midway through the fourth quarter, but a 19-yard pass to TE George Kittle – one of just eight pass attempts for QB Jimmy Garoppolo on the day – started San Francisco's final scoring drive, sending the 49ers to the Super Bowl.
Levi's Stadium hosted the NFC Championship Game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020.