Packers-49ers: Ice Bowl 2? Forecast gets chillier
Lambeau Field. Image by Wayne Larrivee
How chilly will Sunday's Packers-49ers NFC wildcard game get? The temperature at kickoff seems to be falling lower and lower.
"Every time we get a report, it seems to be going down," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
NBC26 meterologist Brian Niznansky says we might have the 6th-coldest game in NFL history.
That would tie the mark of -2 at kickoff for the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings in 1972.
So far, McCarthy says that the 2007 NFC Championship Game is the chilliest game he's ever experienced.
He told us that players are taking two days to practice in frigid conditions in Green Bay so they're more ready to play in it on Sunday - unlike the 49ers.
"Embrace is a little wishful thinking as far as your football team, but it's definitely something they're very aware of, as far as the need to practice and the things that you need to do during the course of practice to make sure you're prepared for Sunday."
Of course, the coldest game in NFL history comes from the 1967 NFL Championship Game, the "Ice Bowl," when the temperature at kickoff was -13 for the game where the Packers clinched their record third straight NFL title by beating the Dallas Cowboys in dramatic fashion.
If anyone needs an example of what that kind of weather can do, check out the Journal Sentinel's Tyler Dunne and his Friday tweet:
Left water bottle in car for a few hours. Froze solid. And supposed to be much, much colder on Sunday. God speed to all attending.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) January 3, 2014