49ers tie cherished NFL playoff record after beating Packers

No team has won more playoff games than the Niners (although they're not alone in that claim... but could be soon).

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan / Lachlan Cunningham/GettyImages

The 49ers have won a lot of playoff games in their history. After beating the Packers in the divisional round, no team has won more.

There were plenty of moments from Saturday night's divisional-round showdown where it seemed the San Francisco 49ers would be heading home on a premature exit by falling to the seventh-seeded Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium.

However, the Niners turned things around late in the rainy playoff game and pulled off a thrilling 24-21 victory over quarterback Jordan Love and Co., coming from behind with a late touchdown run by running back Christian McCaffrey and a game-sealing interception by linebacker Dre Greenlaw.

For this season, the win allows San Francisco to advance to the NFC Championship game where it'll face the winner of Sunday's bout between the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In the grander scale, though, the 49ers managed to accomplish a feat that only a handful of teams have ever reached and none have done better.

49ers tie NFL record for most playoff victories

Entering Saturday's contest, the Niners had won 36 postseason games in their storied history, many of which came during their glory years of the 1980s and 1990s.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan has been tacking on plenty of additional playoff wins, though, which include all those necessary in reaching the NFC Championship game three years in a row and for the fourth time in five years.

After beating the Packers, as a franchise, San Francisco now has 37 playoff wins, which is tied for the most in NFL history.

Here are the rankings:

  • San Francisco 49ers (37)
  • New England Patriots (37)
  • Green Bay Packers (37)
  • Dallas Cowboys (36)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (36)

The Patriots and now the Packers are eliminated from this year's postseason tournament, while the Steelers and Cowboys are also watching the rest of the playoffs from home.

Should the Niners pull off a win in the NFC Championship game over either the Lions or Bucs, they'll own sole possession of most playoff wins in league history.

Not bad. But a Super Bowl crown would be much, much more satisfying.

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