The other two times the Packers and Rams met in the postseason: A whistling chicken and a roadrunner

JR Radcliffe
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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St. Louis Rams defensive back Aeneas Williams scores a touchdown after picking off pass thrown by Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre during the fourth quarter of their game Sunday, January 20, 2002 at the Dome at America's Center in St. Louis, Mo

The Packers and Rams will meet in the divisional round of the 2020 NFC playoffs at Lambeau Field next weekend. The previous two meetings have been a mixed bag, from a memorable playoff meltdown to an early win in the Super Bowl era.

Jan. 20, 2002: A nightmare in St. Louis

St. Louis Rams' receiver Torry Holt (88) reacts in front of Green Bay Packers' Tyrone Williams after catching a 50-yard pass in the in the third quarter of their NFC divisional playoff game Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002, in St. Louis.

Mike Sherman's Packers were the underdog heading into their divisional round game with the Rams in St. Louis, but the Packers didn't even give themselves a chance.

Green Bay committed a staggering eight turnovers, including six interceptions thrown by Brett Favre, in a 45-17 shellacking at the hands of Kurt Warner's Rams. 

Aeneas Williams returned two interceptions for touchdowns, and Tommy Polley returned another. Even though Antonio Freeman caught two scores for the Packers, the defense kept an explosive offense in relative check (with the Packers winning the yardage battle, 383-292), the game wasn't close.

It was the lowest yardage total for the top-seeded Rams since December of 2000, more than a year earlier. The Rams went on to the Super Bowl and lost to the Patriots.

"I don't know if this is my worst game," a somber Favre said afterward. "I'm sure it's in the top three. I just haven't had time to reflect on the other two.

"On the plane (home), people will be saying, `If we would have done this,' or, `If we would have done that ...'" Favre said. "But like I always say, if a chicken had lips, he could whistle."

Dec. 23, 1967: A rookie rushing record

Travis Williams gets a big sendoff from fans after the Packers defeated the Rams in the 1967 playoffs, one week before the Ice Bowl.

Before the Ice Bowl, there was the Roadrunner.

Travis "Roadrunner" Williams had a day to remember in a 28-7 win over the Los Angeles Rams. The rookie rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns, marking a rookie franchise record for playoff single-game rushing yards that wouldn't be broken until James Starks in early 2011.

Helping the offense gain 163 yards rushing overall against the "Fearsome Foursome" defensive front of Los Angeles, Williams carried the ball 18 times on a cold day at County Stadium in Milwaukee, with a wind chill of minus-three degrees. Of course, it would be much colder the following week when the Packers beat Dallas 21-17 in the famous "Ice Bowl" NFL Championship Game, en route to a win in Super Bowl II.

Henry Jordan was unofficially credited with 3 1/2 sacks to keep Roman Gabriel and the Rams' offense stuck in park.

Mostly unheralded until returning a kickoff for a touchdown in a game on Halloween, Williams overcame a hip injury to deliver a strong showing. His 46-yard touchdown tied the game against the Rams.

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