Since 1995, these two NFC rivals have met five times in the playoffs, with the Packers winning four of the five games, including two wins over the Niners at Candlestick Park, the site of Saturday night's NFC Divisional clash. While Green Bay won the most recent playoff meeting at Lambeau in 2001, San Francisco won the most recent meeting at Candlestick back in 1998.
Will the Packers advance to 5-1 against the 49ers in the postseason, or drop to 4-2 all-time against San Francisco in the playoffs?
Here we get you set with everything you need to know for Saturday's can't-miss playoff showdown.
Where: Candlestick Park, San Francisco
When: Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. ET
Listen: WIXX 101.1 FM (Green Bay), KNBR 680 AM (San Francisco)
Live Streaming: NFL Audio Pass (audio only live stream)
Betting Line: 49ers (-3), according to Covers.com.
What's At Stake?
There's a whole lot at stake for Saturday night's winner. Whichever team survives will advance to play in the NFC Championship Game (one win away from Super Bowl XLVII), while the loser will go home and begin its offseason plans.
San Francisco is trying to get back to the conference title game for the second straight year. A win for Green Bay, on the other hand, would have the Packers in the NFC Championship Game for the second time in three years.
Packers Injury Report (according to USA Today)
TE Jermichael Finley (Hamstring), probable for Saturday
WR Jordy Nelson (Knee), questionable for Saturday
WR Jarrett Boykin (Ankle), questionable for Saturday
DB Davon House (Shoulder), questionable for Saturday
RB Alex Green (Concussion), questionable for Saturday
RB James Starks (Knee), questionable for Saturday
DE Jerel Worthy (Knee), out for season
S Sean Richardson (Back), placed on IR
T Bryan Bulaga (Hip), placed on IR
T Derek Sherrod (Leg), placed on IR
LB Nick Perry (Wrist), placed on IR
LB D.J. Smith (Knee), placed on IR
RB Brandon Saine (Knee), placed on IR
RB Cedric Benson (Foot), placed on IR
TE Andrew Quarless (Knee), placed on IR
LB Desmond Bishop (Hamstring), placed on IR
49ers Injury Report (according to USA Today)
DE Justin Smith (Tricep), probable for Saturday
DT Will Tukuafu (Neck), questionable for Saturday
S Trenton Robinson (Finger), questionable for Saturday
WR Kyle Williams (Knee), out for season
TE Demarcus Dobbs (Knee), placed on IR
WR Mario Manningham (Knee), placed on IR
RB Kendall Hunter (Achilles), placed on IR
LB Parys Haralson (Undisclosed), placed on IR
What They're Saying
ESPN Stats & Info presents two very intriguing statistics regarding San Francisco's struggles versus Green Bay historically:
The 49ers have lost 8 of their last 9 vs Packers, but won the last meeting (30-22 in Week 1)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 8, 2013
49ers: 1-4 in playoffs vs Packers (only win, 1998 Wild Card)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 7, 2013
It will be fun to go back to Northern California. Hopefully, we’ll get a lot of Cheeseheads from Chico to go down to the game. It will be a good test.
Green Bay hasn't played at San Francisco since Week 14 of the 2006 season, when Brett Favre was the starting quarterback and Rodgers was in his second year as the backup.
Packers Player to Watch
Green Bay running back DuJuan Harris is relatively new to the team's backfield, but that hasn't stopped him from providing the Pack with a dependable, do-it-all option this postseason.
The 5'9" Harris only rushed for 47 yards on 17 carries against the Minnesota Vikings in Green Bay's Wild Card win last weekend. But he changed the game as a receiver, reeling in five balls for 53 yards in the Packers' 24-10 win over their NFC North rivals. Harris averaged 4.6 yards per carry on 34 rushes and averaged 8.5 yards per reception in four regular season games for Green Bay.
Fans will want to keep an eye on Harris as he promises to be the Packers' No. 1 running option this weekend as they get set to go up against one of the NFL's top five run defenses in San Francisco.
49ers Player to Watch
All eyes will be on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Saturday night.
The second-year signal-caller started just seven regular season games this year, and will make his first career playoff start this weekend.
The former Nevada quarterback has played solid football for the Niners since taking over for Alex Smith, completing 62.4 percent of his passes for 1,814 and 10 touchdowns this season. He's also rushed for five scores, but only two since taking over as the full-time starter.
One important statistic to watch pertaining to Kaepernick on Saturday will be his passer rating. In his seven starts since Week 11: When he finishes with a passer rating of 90 or above San Francisco is 5-0. When he finishes with a passer rating below 90, the 49ers are 0-2.
Saturday's key matchup will come down to Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers vs. San Francisco's pass rush. If Rodgers can find time in the pocket or get outside of it with ease, the 49ers will be in for a long night. On the other hand, if San Francisco's defensive line can get consistent pressure on the reigning league MVP, the Packers will be in trouble.
The Packers' attack is built around Rodgers and the aerial assault, while the 49ers boast a dynamic defense that excels at shutting down the run and getting after the opposing passer.
Therefore, I like the matchup between Green Bay's offensive line (especially in pass protection) and San Francisco's rushers to decide Saturday's outcome.
Colin Kaepernick is no Joe Webb, but despite that fact I still like the Packers in this weekend's matchup. Green Bay's defense looks recharged with the return of Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson, and that's huge. The Packers were flying to the ball last week against Minnesota, forcing three turnovers and holding the league's leading rusher, Adrian Peterson, to under 100 yards.
As long as Green Bay's offensive line can hold up in pass protection, it's hard to imagine a team coming off a bye like the 49ers being able to adjust to playoff football quickly enough to overcome a championship caliber team like the Packers.
Packers 20, 49ers 17
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