SAN FRANCISCO, JAN. 13 -- Next on Joe Montana's postseason hit list stands the New York Giants, the team the San Francisco 49ers figured all along they would have to beat for a shot at their third consecutive Super Bowl title.

"I think we realized there would be a good chance that we would {play New York again}, yes," 49ers Coach George Seifert said. "They're going to come out here with a vendetta and at the same time I think we're going to be a determined club too."

The 49ers moved as close as any team has ever come to winning three straight Super Bowls by defeating the Washington Redskins, 28-10, Saturday in the NFC divisional playoff game.

After winning consecutive Super Bowls, the Pittsburgh Steelers advanced into the 1976 AFC title game but lost, 24-7, to the Oakland Raiders.

The Super Bowl is something the 49ers are trying not to worry about. The Giants are a big enough task at this point.

"It's in the back of our minds, but you can't worry about it," said Montana. "If we just play football the way we're capable, it'll take of itself."

The 49ers defeated the Giants, 7-3, on Dec. 3 in the NFL's lowest-scoring game this season. That was the Monday night game that both teams entered at 10-1 after starting the season on 10-0 runs.

The Giants will have a different look this time around -- quarterback Jeff Hostetler, who showed he can be very elusive in New York's 31-3 victory over Chicago today.

"After their performance today, they haven't seemed to miss a beat with Hostetler in there," Seifert said. "In fact, they have an added dimension in his ability to run the ball so well."

The switch from Phil Simms to Hostetler will not alter the 49ers' preparations.

"It's just like getting ready to play {Denver quarterback} John Elway in the Super Bowl or {Philadelphia quarterback} Randall Cunningham," said 49ers linebacker Charles Haley. "We're used to playing a quarterback like that now."

In their victory over the Redskins Saturday, the 49ers paraded out the usual -- Montana and a stingy defense -- and extended their postseason winning streak to seven games over three seasons.

Montana added to a playoff streak of his own, completing 22 of 31 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns.

Going back to the 49ers' Super Bowl victory over Cincinnati two years ago, Montana is 110 of 140 (78.6 percent) for 1,431 yards and 15 touchdowns in five playoff games. He has thrown one interception in those five games.

Montana was at his best in the first half against Washington, guiding the 49ers on scoring drives of 74, 80 and 89 yards by completing 11 of 13 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns during those three possessions.

"The balls that Montana was throwing were right on the money, and his guys made all the catches," said Washington defensive tackle Darryl Grant. "It's hard to beat any team that has a quarterback like that."

After Tom Rathman scored San Francisco's first touchdown on a one-yard run, Montana threaded a needle to hit Jerry Rice for a 10-yard touchdown that gave the 49ers a 14-10 lead 3:52 into the second quarter.

Montana put the 49ers ahead 21-10 with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Mike Sherrard with 6:31 left in the first half, capping a five-play, 89-yard drive in which Montana completed three of three passes for 87 yards.