The Green Bay Packers battled through injury to find a back door into the playoffs, now they find themselves hosting the San Francisco 49ers. Playoff history is rich for both teams, now we look into each team's past.
San Francisco 49ers
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Playoff record: 28-18
Wild card record: 3-2
Last playoff win: Jan. 20, 2013 vs. Atlanta Falcons
Best playoff result: Super Bowl Champions - XVI (1981), XIX (1984), XXIII (1988), XXIV (1989), XXIX (1994)
It's a testament to just how good the 49ers have been over their history that they have played in a grand total of 49 postseason games, but only needed to appear in the wild card round on five occasions. The 2013 iteration has a solid offense and aggressive defense that will keep the Packers on their toes.
The elephant in the room is the 49ers playing on the road. As good as San Francisco has been in the playoffs this team has struggled away from Candlestick Park -- currently holding a 3-10 record on the road.
Jim Harbaugh has his team playing very well, and under the coach San Francisco has not lost their first playoff game.
Green Bay Packers
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Playoff record: 18-15
Wild card record: 8-4
Last playoff appearance: Jan. 12, 2013 vs. San Francisco 49ers (loss)
Last playoff win: Jan. 5, 2013 vs. Minnesota Vikings
Best playoff result: Super Bowl Champions - I (1966), II (1967), XXXI (1996), XLV (2010)
Lambeau Field has been kind to the Packers in the playoffs where the Green Bay crowd has helped propel a playoff record of 10-4. That said, all four of the team's losses have happened in the last 10 years, showing that home is a touch more fallible than it once was.
Aaron Rodgers has led the Packers to a 5-3 record since he became the team's full time starter in 2008. Defense has let the team down in recent years, allowing an average of 31 point in their last three playoff games. This will need to be better if the team hopes to stop a 49ers team firing on all cylinders since getting back Michael Crabtree.
Can the past teach us anything?
If you look purely at the talent of each team it's easy to believe the 49ers have a significant edge -- however, San Francisco struggles away from home while the Packers play exceptionally well at Lambeau.
Green Bay's defense has been mediocre in the playoffs putting too much pressure on Rodgers, and that means it could be anyone's game.