The Packers upset the defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers, 27-17, in the NFC Divisional playoff in a game that announces them as legitimate championship contenders.
The game began in uplifting fashion for Green Bay, as linebacker Wayne Simmons forced a fumble on San Francisco’s first snap from scrimmage that cornerback Craig Newsome scooped up and ran back 31 yards for a touchdown.
From there, the Packers were in control, as Brett Favre threw TD passes to tight ends Keith Jackson and Mark Chmura on Green Bay’s next two possession for a 21-0 lead. The huge deficit forced 49ers QB Steve Young to attempt a mind-boggling 65 passes in the game, but San Francisco never really made it a game.
Robert Brooks and Jackson both topped 100 yards receiving for the Packers as Favre put together the most efficient postseason performance of his career (21-of-28, 299 yards, two TDs, 132.9 passer rating).Unfortunately, the Packers would lose the NFC title game in Dallas the following week, 38-27, despite taking a three-point lead into the fourth quarter. It was the team’s third consecutive playoff exit at the hands of the Cowboys.