With the San Francisco 49ers on the docket for the Green Bay Packers this week, we are reminded of many great and gut-wrenching contests between the two.
Least favorite: Steve Young threads the needle to Terrell Owens to win the 1998 NFC Wild Card game. Not only did that play suck because it came at the end of the game. It also sucked because Jerry Rice fumbled earlier in that drive. It was called a non-fumble and there was no replay at the time. So the call stood.
Favorite: October 14, 1996. Chris Jacke hits the field goal in overtime from 53 yards to give the Packers the win on Monday Night Football. “Riots” erupted on college campuses across Wisconsin. It is fondly recalled here.
Other games that were not fondly recalled is when Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers dominated the Packers in 2013 and 2014. There was the time Kaepernick ran for 181 yards, a record for a quarterback, and threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns in a 2013 playoff game. The 49ers won 45-31. They opened the next season with a 34-28 win over the Packers. Kaepernick threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns. In a Wild Card game following that season, Kaepernick ran for 98 yards and threw for 227 and a touchdown in a 23-20 49ers’ win.
Of those performances, at least the first one should be included in any remembering of the Packers-49ers rivalry. If you’re the 49ers. We’d surely like to forget all about it.
Apparently, so would the 49ers. Kaepernick has been blacklisted from the league since becoming the controversial poster child for kneeling for the national anthem/protesting social injustice. That sadly seems to apply to his former team.
If we don’t reference him, he was never here. Nothing ever happened.
Well, people took notice. Many of them were livid Kaepernick was omitted from this photo gallery. So many people took note that the team issued an apology.
“Unfortunately there were a handful of obvious misses in this gallery posted by our website team and we appreciate them being brought to our attention. The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and gratitude for the contributions Colin made to our team over the years. We have fond memories of those games and that should have been displayed on our website. This oversight does not properly reflect the appreciation our ownership and this team have for Colin.”
To be fair to the 49ers, the gallery is pretty nondescript. It’s not as if it’s a “great moments” gallery. Some of the photos are totally random. There’s one of Steve Young and Jim McMahon standing around talking to each other, for example.
Not exactly a great moment of any sort there. The captions don’t reflect any sort of great moments either. They are essentially, “Here’s this guy during this game on this date.”
Alas, Kaepernick has been added to the gallery. So most things are right in the world of NFL slideshows.