49ers must hit the road for playoffs this season

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — That familiar "Quest for Six" slogan has re-emerged.

The San Francisco 49ers have long acknowledged the road back to the Super Bowl would be a daunting one. Now, they have to hit the road, literally — a different path than they had the past two seasons as NFC West champions with a first-round bye.

The No. 5 seed Niners (12-4) are riding some important momentum with a six-game winning streak. They head for the bitter cold of Green Bay to play Sunday against the Packers (8-7-1), who have lost the past three meetings in what has become quite a rivalry.

That includes a 45-31 NFC divisional playoff victory for San Francisco last January at Candlestick Park in which Colin Kaepernick rushed for a quarterback playoff-record 181 yards in a sensational postseason debut.

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