Postseason History of Packers vs. 49ers

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Postseason History of Packers vs. 49ers
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It's hard to believe that two franchises that first started playing each other in 1950 didn't have their first playoff game against each other until the 1995 postseason.

Yes, the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers have played each other 57 times in the regular season since the middle of the 20th century, with the Packers holding a narrow 30-26-1 edge.

But it wasn't until January of 1996 when a young head coach named Mike Holmgren (who was born and raised in San Francisco) led the Packers against the Niners in his boyhood town in the playoffs.

In fact, ironically enough, Holmgren led the Packers against the 49ers for four straight years in the postseason. Those four games turned out to be very memorable, especially the last one, which is now considered a NFL classic.

Green Bay leads the overall postseason series 4-1, as the 12-5 (No. 3 seeded) Packers prepare to take on the 11-4-1 (No. 2 seeded) 49ers at Candlestick Park on Saturday night in a 2012 NFC Divisional Playoff Game. 

There will be more irony in this game.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Packers grew up a 49ers fan in Chico, California. Add to that, after playing his college ball at nearby Cal, he thought he was going to be selected number one overall in the 2005 NFL draft by the Niners.

At least, that was the impression Rodgers got from the San Francisco offensive coordinator at the time...Mike McCarthy, who is now his head coach in Green Bay.

His opponent at quarterback for the 49ers is Colin Kaepernick, who was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Kaepernick always dreamed of playing with either the Packers or 49ers when he was a kid.

Bottom line, expect another memorable game on Saturday night.

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