Pregame warmup: Weather clearing, but still chilly and windy

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 22, 2013 – 2:25 pm

Kickoff is less than an hour away, so here’s the latest from Lambeau Field for today’s Packers-Steelers matchup:

Weather update

The snow has stopped in Green Bay, and the tarp has been removed to reveal a clean playing surface. Temps are in the 20s and winds could still be in the 15-20 mph range, with it getting colder as the game wears on. But the weather is nowhere near as bad as it was earlier Sunday, when several inches of snow fell in the area amidst high winds.

For a look at a weather video that was shot earlier Sunday, click here.

It’s Flynn again

QB Matt Flynn will make his fourth straight start in place of Aaron Rodgers, who is still out with a broken collarbone. Since Flynn took over in the second half of the game against Minnesota more than a month ago, the Packers are 2-1-1, rallying late for the tie and both victories.

What’s at stake

The Packers can win the NFC North with wins in their final two games. They cannot clinch the division today, but they can be eliminated, should they lose and the Bears win on Sunday night.

For a more complete look at the different NFC North playoff scenarios, check out this week’s installment of Path to the Playoffs.

First meeting since Super Bowl XLV

Three years later, this is far from a real rematch of Super Bowl XLV (click here for a more detailed explanation), but for those curious, the Packers have had mixed results in their history the first time they’ve faced a team after going head-to-head in a Super Bowl.

Against teams they defeated in Super Bowls, the Packers are 1-1-1 in “rematches,” beginning with a 10-10 tie at Milwaukee County Stadium in 1973 against Super Bowl I opponent Kansas City.

The Packers also lost to Super Bowl II foe Oakland in 1972, 20-14 at Lambeau Field, and defeated Super Bowl XXXI opponent New England in 1997, 28-10 in Foxborough, Mass.

As for Super Bowl XXXII, which the Packers lost to the Broncos, Green Bay lost again to Denver in 1999, 31-10 at Mile High Stadium.

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