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49ers would be next Packers opponent

Have you caught your breath yet from that wild early game Saturday? Me neither.

Books will be written about the San Francisco 49ers' epic 36-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints. But here's what applies to the NFC North: The Green Bay Packers now know they would host the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game if they defeat the New York Giants on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

That would be a blast from the (recent) past, wouldn't it? The Packers and 49ers matched up four times in the postseason between the 1995-98 seasons. The Packers won three of them. But the one that everyone is referencing Saturday, of course, is the 49ers' 30-27 victory in the 1998 wild-card round. (Steve Young to Terrell Owens. Tears. You remember. Yes, I know. Jerry Rice fumbled.)

The 49ers haven't won a game against the Packers since then, going 0-8 over that span. Let's not get carried away, though. The Packers have some work ahead of them first.