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Giants vs. 49ers in NFC Championship: Déja vu all over again?

What does NFL playoff history tell us about the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers? The Giants and 49ers have met in the NFL playoffs seven times in the last 30 years.

A 1991 file photo shows New York Giants quarterback Jeff Hostetler holding the ball as Matt Bahr kicks the game-winning field goal in the final seconds of the NFC championship game with San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The two teams will meet again Sunday Jan. 22, to vie for the NFC championship.

Paul Sakuma/AP/File

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There are some New York baseball fans still upset with the Stoneham family for moving their Giants team west to San Francisco after the 1957 season. But that only has only added to the passion of the New York football Giants fans over the years when they've met with their brethren in San Francisco during the NFC playoffs several times in the past three decades.

The New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers first met in the post-season at the end of the 1981 NFL season. San Francisco, behind quarterback Joe Montana, prevailed and went on to win the franchise's first Super Bowl over the Cincinnati Bengals.

The two teams met three more times in playoff games during the 1980s, playing in consecutive seasons from 1984 to 1986. In that last year, the Giants won  their first Super Bowl over the Denver Broncos.

Then, at the end of the 1990 season, the Giants and 49ers faced off for the first time in the NFC championship game in San Francisco. In a tough defensive struggle, the Giants prevailed behind five Matt Bahr field goals, 15-13.


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