49ers vs. Packers: Golden playoff rivalry packed with drama

The Niners and Packers meet for the 10th time in postseason play this upcoming weekend.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens (81)
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The 49ers and Packers have shared some tremendous moments in the NFL playoffs. Let's take a look at the all-time series.

A record 10th playoff contest between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers, with the winner advancing to the 2023 NFC Championship game, takes place on Saturday, Jan. 20.

San Francisco leads the all-time postseason rivalry 5-4.

This weekend, quarterback Brock Purdy and Co. look to claim another win over Green Bay, which would be the Niners' fifth postseason victory in a row against the Pack. After losing the first four out of five matchups, the 49ers have been the victor the past decade.

But, how has this postseason rivalry played out beyond just the wins and losses? What other storylines made this rivalry what it is today?

Let's take a look at those games, many of which provided some awesome (and not so awesome) memories.

49ers vs. Packers history in NFL playoffs (1990s)

The 1990s saw this rivalry bud into something worth noting, although the early years proved to be very much a one-sided affair.

At least until a rendition of "The Catch" played itself out at Candlestick Park, thanks to wide receiver Terrell Owens.

1995 Divisional Round: Packers 27, 49ers 14

The 49ers entered this season the defending Super Bowl champions. They were unable to defend their crown, though, as Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre claimed victory.

San Francisco's own Hall of Fame quarterback, Steve Young, was sacked three times and was picked off twice, while Favre threw 21 of 28 and had over 220 yards in the air by halftime.

This game started a stretch of Green Bay delivering heartbreaking elimination defeats to the Niners in the playoffs.

1996 Divisional Round: Packers 23, 49ers 10

The following year, the stage was set for the second installment of this rivalry. The 49ers were bested again, though, as Green Bay would go on to win the Super Bowl, Favre's first and only.

San Francisco turned the ball over five times that day. As a result of the dipping temperatures and rainy conditions, this game was deemed "The Mud Bowl."

1997 NFC Championship: Packers 35, 49ers 14

For the third season in a row, the Niners would be sent packing, thanks to a Green Bay win. The Packers would go on to lose in that year's Super Bowl, though, which gave San Francisco's fans a little bit of solace.

The 49ers were lucky to put up 14 points as they fumbled four times and were sacked five times, while Green Bay's defense held San Francisco to just 33 yards rushing in the game.

1998 Wild Card Game: 49ers 30, Packers 27

The Niners finally got their vengeance after the 1998 regular season when they hosted Favre and the Packers for Wild Card weekend.

In what was a back-and-forth game, the 49ers scored in every quarter but was trailing late with only seconds remaining.

This set up the most memorable moment from the game (and perhaps the decade) with "The Catch II."

Young would throw a dart to an up-and-coming playmaker, Owens, who had struggled with drops all afternoon before making one of the most iconic catches in franchise history to seal the Niners' first postseason victory over the Packers.