When you think of the Green Bay Packers’ biggest rivals, the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings first come to mind.
But the Packers have had some epic games with the San Francisco 49ers in their storied 71-year rivalry, experiencing the thrill of victory 33 times in the regular season, losing 28, and tying once.
The closeness of the rivalry is reflected in the scoring in those 62 games: Packers 1,285, 49ers 1,287. The teams are 4-4 in postseason play and San Francisco leads 3-2 in exhibition games.
The teams are 1-1 in NFC Championship Games, with the 49ers winning handily, 37-20, in January 2020 and the Green Bay prevailing in January 1998 by a 23-10 score. The Packers lead 2-1 in NFC Divisional play, while San Francisco hold a 2-1 edge in Wild Card playoff contests.
The Packers will travel to Levi’s Stadium for the fourth time in the past 22 months, with Green Bay ending a string of three straight 49ers victories with a 34-17 triumph November 5th of last season against an injury- and COVID 19-ravaged team.
San Francisco is unbeaten this season (2-0) and hosts the 1-1 Packers in prime time Sunday night in game that will give a litmus test of where both teams stand early in the 2021 season.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who rebounded from a dismal Week 1 performance against New Orleans, has extra motivation when facing the 49ers, the team he rooted for as a youngster that later spurned him in the 2005 NFL Draft.
“I have so many great memories watching those great teams from the late 80s and early 90s—before many of my teammates were born—and still have a lot of love and affection for the area,” Rodgers said. “Went to college there, still keep in touch with many folks from Cal that I got to meet or play with, and that area will always be special to me for sure.”
Rodgers and his teammates know they will face a 49ers team this time around with quarterback Jimmy Garappolo, tight end George Kittle, and defensive end Nick Bosa.
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Last season, it was a 34-17 cakewalk against a COVID- and injury-ravaged team. Garoppolo, Kittle, and Bosa are back, and Green Bay needs a solid performance in all three phases to repeat in their house of horrors.