Today's game

January 11, 1998

Green Bay (14-3) at San Francisco (14-3)

Time: 4 p.m.

TV: Chs. 45, 5.

Line: Packers by 2.

Vs. spread: Packers 5-10; 49ers 11-6.

Vs. common opponents: Packers 7-1 (lost to Eagles; beat Vikings and Bucs twice each; beat Rams; beat Cowboys; beat Panthers); 49ers 7-1 (lost to Bucs; beat Rams and Panthers twice each; beat Cowboys; beat Eagles; beat Vikings).

Last week: Packers beat Buccaneers, 21-7, in NFC divisional playoff in Green Bay. 49ers defeated Vikings, 38-22, in NFC divisional playoff in San Francisco.

Last meeting: Packers defeated 49ers, 35-14, in NFC divisional playoff last season in Green Bay.

Series record: 49ers lead 25-24-1.

Streak: The 49ers have won 11 straight games at home, including two playoff games.

By the numbers: The Packers' offense was ranked fourth overall in the NFL -- 12th in rushing and third in passing. The 49ers' offense was ranked 12th overall -- eighth in rushing and 18th in passing. The Packers' defense was ranked seventh overall -- 20th against the rush and eighth against the pass. The 49ers' defense was ranked first overall -- second against the rush and second against the pass.

Notable: Packers RB Dorsey Levens, who had 25 carries for 112 yards last week, scored on a 2-yard TD run. 49ers RB Terry Kirby, filling in for injured Garrison Hearst, scored on two 1-yard TD runs. He had 120 yards rushing on 25 carries. Packers P Craig Hentrich set club record with 45.0 average, surpassing the 44.7 by Jerry Norton in 1963. 49ers K Gary Anderson was second in NFC with 125 points. This is the third straight season the teams have met in the playoffs. Green Bay has won the past two. The game features the top two teams in postseason history: Packers 21-8, 49ers 23-13. The Packers are 9-3 in franchise history in NFC-NFL championship games. DE Reggie White needs two playoff sacks to pass Bruce Smith for most in career with 13. The 49ers are making their seventh NFC championship game appearance in the past 10 years. San Francisco is 5-6 in championship games. The 49ers are playing their 37th playoff game, breaking a tie with the Raiders for second most all time. Anderson (385 points) passed Nick Lowery (383) with three field goals in the season finale for most all time.


PACKERS: Questionable: WR Don Beebe (hamstring); DE Gabe Wilkins (knee). Probable: G Aaron Taylor (shoulder).

49ERS: Doubtful: G Rod Milstead (hamstring). Questionable: CB Rod Woodson (calf); TE Brent Jones (calf). Probable: S Merton Hanks (knee); RB Garrison Hearst (clavicle); WR Iheanyi Uwaezuoke (knee).

Pub Date: 1/11/98

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