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49ers-vs.-Packers playoff history

Published: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 - 11:10 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 - 9:43 am

JAN. 6, 1996

NFC DIVISIONAL ROUND

CANDLESTICK PARK

PACKERS 27, 49ERS 17

•  Key player: Packers quarterback Brett Favre completed 15 of 17 passes in the first half to help Green Bay take a 21-3 lead. He spread his eventual 21 completions among seven receivers.

•  Key play: On the 49ers’ first play from scrimmage, fullback Adam Walker fumbled and Packers cornerback Craig Newsome picked up the ball and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown.

•  Quote: “After halftime … we saw some desperation in their eyes. You don’t want any small-town guys from Green Bay to kick your tail like that. I’d be frustrated, too.” – Green Bay safety LeRoy Butler, on the 49ers

JAN. 4, 1997

NFC DIVISIONAL ROUND

LAMBEAU FIELD

PACKERS 35, 49ERS 14

•  Key player: Packers wide receiver Desmond Howard, also a speedy return man, took his first punt back 71 yards for a touchdown and returned his second 46 yards to set up another as the Packers jumped out to a 21-0 lead.

•  Key play: Already down two scores, the 49ers turned the ball over deep in their own territory when Elvis Grbac’s pass to Terrell Owens popped out of Owens’ hands and right to Newsome. The Packers turned it into a touchdown and a 21-point lead.

•  Quote: “The bottom line is, the teams that are left standing are the teams that are considered the top teams. And we’re not standing.” – 49ers tight end Brent Jones

JAN. 11, 1998

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

3COM PARK

PACKERS 23, 49ERS 10

•  Key player: Favre, known for his gunslinger mentality, played a virtually mistake-free game in soggy conditions, completing 16 of 27 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.

•  Key play: It was 3-0 in the second quarter when Steve Young’s pass intended for Jones was intercepted by Packers safety Eugene Robinson, who returned it 58 yards to set up Green Bay’s first touchdown.

•  Quote: “I love him to death, but I wanted to beat him bad.” – Favre, on 49ers rookie coach Steve Mariucci, a former Packers assistant

JAN. 3, 1999

NFC WILD-CARD ROUND

3COM PARK

49ERS 30, PACKERS 27

•  Key player: Wide receiver Owens caught Young’s 25-yard touchdown pass with three seconds left and then broke down into tears, ending a roller-coaster day that included an unforced fumble and several drops on a high note.

•  Key play: On the game winner, Young nearly lost his footing before winging a pass over the middle to Owens, who had lined up in the right slot on a go route, faked to the outside and knifed back to the middle before securing the catch in the face of two big-hitting safeties.

•  Quote: “You can come home and kick the dog every day, but sooner or later that son of a gun is gonna get up and bite you right in the a--.” – 49ers and former Packers defensive lineman Gabe Wilkins, on the 49ers ending a five-game losing streak to Green Bay

JAN. 13, 2002

NFC WILD-CARD ROUND

LAMBEAU FIELD

PACKERS 25, 49ERS 15

•  Key player: Favre, who completed 22 of 29 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns, led a 93-yard drive late in the fourth quarter that ended with Ahman Green’s 9-yard touchdown run to give Green Bay its decisive 10-point lead.

•  Key play: With the 49ers trailing by three with 5:03 remaining, quarterback Jeff Garcia saw Owens breaking free downfield but threw short, allowing cornerback Mike McKenzie to tip the ball to teammate Tyrone Williams for Garcia’s only interception – on his final pass attempt.

•  Quote: “I used to see him make those plays on TV and think, ‘How does he do that?’ Today, he did it to us.” – 49ers safety Lance Schulters, on Favre

JAN. 12, 2013

NFC DIVISIONAL ROUND

CANDLESTICK PARK

49ERS 45, PACKERS 31

• Key player: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, after throwing an opening-drive interception that was returned for a touchdown, regrouped to throw for two touchdowns and run for two, beating the team he rooted for as a young boy in Wisconsin.

•  Key play: With the score 24-24 in the third quarter, Kaepernick faked an inside handoff on a read-option play and darted to the outside, sprinting 56 yards to the end zone. The 49ers did not trail again.

• Quote: “I love when he’s galloping down the field, behind the defense.” – 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, on Kaepernick



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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