Packers, 49ers will play in sub-zero temperatures

January 3, 2014 – 3:01 am by Ryan Phillips

Lambeau Field

For a few days now we’ve been hearing that the game-time temperature for the Green Bay Packers’ home wild card playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday would be well below zero. As of late Thursday night the news had only gotten more extreme in that regard.

As it stands now, the projected high for Sunday afternoon in Green Bay is minus-5 degrees. Kickoff at Lambeau Field will be at 3:40 p.m. CT, and temperatures are expected to hover at minus-7 degrees by 5 p.m. Meanwhile, the wind chill is expected to plunge down to minus-30 by that point.

Those are Ice Bowl-esque temperatures and will make the game extremely difficult to play in for each team. There is really no advantage to be gained for either squad in that kind of weather. It will essentially be a test to see who can survive those horrid conditions.

The Packers will enter the game with an 8-7-1 record after barely scraping into the postseason by winning the NFC North last Sunday. They might be better positioned to deal with the cold than the 49ers, who enter with a 12-4 record and have been practicing in 60-degree weather all week. But, as I said, there won’t be much advantage for either side.

No matter how cold it actually gets, expect both teams to rely heavily on their running games, since catching passes in that kind of weather is incredibly difficult.

The coldest NFL game on record was the aforementioned “Ice Bowl” that pitted the Packers against the Dallas Cowboys in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The contest took place on New Year’s Eve at Lambeau and the temperature dipped to minus-13, while the wind chill dropped to minus-48.

While it’s unlikely Sunday’s playoff contest will reach those lows, it looks like it will be certainly be one of the coldest games in NFL history.

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  1. 6 Responses to “Packers, 49ers will play in sub-zero temperatures”

  2. Hey Genius

    Freezing is 32° F. By that measure, 3 of the 4 games played this weekend will be “played in below freezing temperatures”.

    By Tim K on Jan 3, 2014

  3. @ Tim…. What’s your point? The article didn’t say anything about any other game NOT being played in below freezing temps. It simply stated the facts of this game. & to be faithful to the story this game will, undoubtedly, be to coldest game played this weekend. So… “genius”. Stick to numbers… or whatever it is that you are actually good at & leave the writing to a professional. You don’t see a journalist dropping into your place of employment telling you how to flip a burger, do you? Just because the internet allows for freedom of speech on a much larger scale does not require you to speak at every occation.

    By JT on Jan 3, 2014

  4. Here is a bit of insight that Mr. Phillips missed. Lambeau has sports turf which isn’t real grass but its close. The field also has heating coils beneath it. The playing surface will be tarp covered and the heating coils on to keep the ground soft. That will work for the first Quarter….maybe. After that any moisture trapped will freeze and become slippery. Footing on the field in 2nd quarter and after will be key as well as ball security. The team that can find those answers will win.

    By Jimbo on Jan 3, 2014

  5. Somehow, someway, the ghost of ol Vince Lambardi will be looking down at the team and those great fans and urging them on to victory. Mean while the hapless Browns can only dream of ever getting that close. That is a team with a boring franchise. They have never and will ever make it to the big dance. I wish Mike and Rogers the best. God bless those fans. Hope they are loaded down with lots of “spirits”.

    By ROGER TEMETHY on Jan 5, 2014

  6. Well, you claimed the Green Bay game would be at least 5 degrees below zero and the Bengals game would be in a driving snowstorm, neither of which happened. In fact, the temperature in Green bay never got below 3 degrees and not a flake of snow fell in Cincinnati. Please never become a weatherman.

    By Ragin' Cajun on Jan 6, 2014

  7. Hey we were just reporting what other weathermen were saying! There were links to the reports and everything!

    By Ryan Phillips on Jan 6, 2014

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