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Where will Sunday rank on Packers’ coldest games list?

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 3, 2014 – 10:46 am

With a high temperature projected in the low single digits, and the low well below zero, Sunday’s NFC wild-card playoff game against San Francisco will be one of the coldest games in franchise history.

Where will it rank? Well, since the Packers began recording official game temperatures in 1959, only two games have featured a kickoff temperature below zero — the Ice Bowl, of course, at minus-13, and the 2007 NFC Championship, at minus-1.

Two other games in team history — one home, one away — were at zero.

Back in the spring of 2011, packers.com compiled this list of the 10 coldest games in franchise history, based on the recorded kickoff temperature. No games played since this list was compiled — until Sunday — have cracked the list.

Here it is: The 10 coldest games in Packers history

Posted in Packers.com Blog | 22 Comments »

22 Responses to “Where will Sunday rank on Packers’ coldest games list?”

  1. By Tom on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Weather channel forecasting -20 regular temp by 4:30 p.m. sometime around the 2nd quarter. Going to be interesting to see if Kapernick can throw the ball with his averaged sized hands trying to grip a frozen slippery rock! Wait till 49er’s come back out for the 2nd half after sitting in the warm locker room!. If Pack has the lead at half time , I like there chances!

  2. By tim on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Good points, Tom. Definite edge to the Pack, due to the weather. Not being able to grip the ball may result in more Niner running plays, which, once the defense keys on that, could stall S.F. I wonder if the officials keep adding a warm, heated football for all, or most, of the plays. Has that been done in the past, in cold weather games. It would seem a logical thing to do, to maintain a positive level of play.

  3. By tim on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Responses ? Not sure if NFL has cold weather rules. Pucks are kept in the freezer, baseballs are kept in a humidor in Denver. Perhaps footballs can be warmed in a microwave oven.

  4. By Tgun on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Sideline microwave, but not for the football. Only for Chunky Soup! Apparently some chunky chicken noodle is all our Rodgers needs!

  5. By ACMEPACKMAN on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Balls will be cold, hard, and slick. I’m looking forward to seeing a team from California come in and run it – as long as we can make contact, should be a few fumbles.

  6. By Nope on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Tom, maybe wind chill readings. Ambient temperatures will not be -20F by 4:30pm.

  7. By Doug on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    When it’s that cold it will effect both teams. I hope the defense shows up for the first time all season and dominates the Niner offense. I have to believe a lower scoring game because of the cold. Hope Crosby has on warm socks

  8. By Bertie on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Tim, I hate to tell ya but Green Bay’s QB is also from California. Cold will affect all equally unless Lambeau Field has some surprises — like no heat on the visitors’ bench or locker room! Who’s got the better running game?

  9. By tim on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Yeah, I know he’s from Calif, S.Fran. Bay area too, but he’s been with the Packers so long now, he’s probably more acclimated to the cold weather than Colin K. is.

  10. By Marcus on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    One potential concern is that the 49ers will come out throwing right away (while they are still warm) in uptempo fashion…to try to get a fast start and (literally) kick the fans out of the game (due to the cold). I hope Capers doesn’t think that they will try to Gore it out from the start.

  11. By Racerfored on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    my friend’s step-sister makes $66/hour on the laptop. She has been fired for five months but last month her pay check was $14146 just working on the laptop for a few hours. go,,,,,

  12. By skred79 on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    One great hit on Kaepernick at -15 and he will shatter instantly. Hope he runs the ball Sunday. Looking forward to seeing if he can endure….

  13. By Fourononeoff on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    The latest I’ve heard an arctic front will sweep into the upper Midwest just in time for kick-off.

  14. By kelley vanroy on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    I am concerned that Rogers collarbone could affect him in the freezing cold. Mulumba will make thee play that sends the packers to seattle..

  15. By Brett on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Bertie, While Aaron is from CA, he has been with the Packers Organization since 2005 which will allow him to acclimate to the weather better than Kap is going to be able to do. Rodgers knows what to expect from the cold weather in terms of how it affect the ball and a players ability as they play quite a few of their games in the cold and practice in it as well.

  16. By double-0-7 on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    Before the cold Atlanta game this year the t.v. crew showed the boiler room responsible for heating the field.
    At kickoff, and during the game the field looked frosty, icy, and horrible.
    I hope the field conditions are not that of the Ice Bowl when the field heating system took a dump. The game conditions could determine the outcome. Go Great Lambeau, Go!

  17. By scott on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    look guys the packers are focused,,,this team has beaten them 3 straight times,,,the playoff game was ugly last yr,,,forget the weather,,,its payback playoff time in greenbay

  18. By Lisa O on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    I agree with the majority of these people! Green Bay definitely has the edge and Rodgers is used to the cold. We owe San Fran! We got this!

  19. By Ross on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    Chuck Mercein comments on Ice Bowl on Fox Sports. I was at the Ice Bowl game about ten rows from the top on the 20. While a parka and sleeping bag and a fifth kept me warm for the most part, my feet were freezing in the 4th. So, make sure you can keep your feet warm. Change your socks. While there had been so much focus on Starr’s sneak if anyone can go back and review the films, this guy Chuck Mercein’s running on that last drive particularly inside the ten in my view was the key to that game. While we haven’t been able to count much on the defense I am hopefully that Lacey will open up a running game never seen before. That cold ball is hard on the hands to receivers, so tucking it in Lacey’s gut I’m hoping will be the key to the game. GO PACK

  20. By zhukov43 on Jan 5, 2014 | Reply

    I just hope the Packers win, wish I could watch it, but I don’t have the channel here in England, go PACK go.

  21. By Debbie Downer on Jan 5, 2014 | Reply

    The weather is ruining everything. I just knew it would.

  22. By steph on Jan 5, 2014 | Reply

    Zhukov43 i think the game is being live streamed. Internationals rejoice! Ck it out.

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