For the second straight season, the San Francisco 49ers will play the Green Bay Packers in their opening playoff game.
This year, however, it will be a round earlier and on the road.
The teams will play at 1:40 p.m. Pacific at Lambeau Field on Sunday, the last of the four wild card games this year.
On Saturday, the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Indianapolis Colts at 1:35 p.m. Pacific in the AFC before the NFC action kicks off at 5:10 p.m. Pacific with the New Orleans Saints at the Philadelphia Eagles.
Sunday’s other wild card game in the AFC features the San Diego Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals at 10:05 a.m. Pacific.
It will be the fourth meeting between the 49ers and Packers, including the regular season, in the last two years, with the 49ers winning the previous three games.
The 49ers opened the 2012 season with a 30-22 win at Lambeau Field in Green Bay before eliminating the Packers in the divisional playoffs at Candlestick Park on Jan. 12 by a 45-31 score. That game was marked by Colin Kaepernick setting an NFL playoff record with his 181 rushing yards.
Green Bay and San Francisco played again in Week 1 of this season, with the 49ers taking a 34-28 win at Candlestick Park.
This will be the seventh playoff meeting between the teams, with the 49ers holding a 2-4 record.
The Packers beat the 49ers at Candlestick Park in the 1995 divisional playoffs 27-17 in the first of four consecutive playoff meetings between the teams. Green Bay won a divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field in 1996, 35-14, and won the NFC Championship at San Francisco 23-10 in 1997.
After the 1998 season, the 49ers beat the Packers in the postseason for the first time, picking up a 30-27 win at Candlestick Park when Steve Young hit Terrell Owens with a 25-yard scoring pass on the final play of the game.
After the 2001 season, the Packers eliminated the 49ers in the wild card round at Lambeau Field 25-15.
The Packers lead the all-time regular season series over the 49ers 30-27-1, in large part because of nine straight wins between 1996-2010.
San Francisco has won the last two regular-season meetings in a series that dates back to the 49ers’ first season in the NFL in 1950.
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