Sunday’s playoff game at Green Bay might be colder than famous ‘Ice Bowl,’ the coldest NFL game ever
The "Ice Bowl," one of the most iconic games in NFL history, had a wind chill of minus-48 degrees. It's almost inhuman to play football in that weather.
And Sunday's game at Green Bay might be even colder than that.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the bad forecast for Green Bay's game against the 49ers got worse. According to AccuWeather, the high will be minus-five degrees, the low will be minus-20 and the wind chill will be ... MINUS-51 DEGREES.
No wonder Green Bay was having trouble selling out this game.
The "Ice Bowl" is the coldest game in NFL history, at minus-13 degrees. The coldest game in NFL history in terms of wind chill was the Chargers-Bengals AFC title game in January of 1982, at 59 degrees below zero. This game has a chance to threaten both of those records.
The second-coldest game in Lambeau Field history was the NFC championship game against the Giants at the end of the 2007 season, at minus-one degree. That mark is definitely in danger.
In games like this, some players think it makes them tough to dress in short sleeves, which doesn't make a lot of sense. Everyone knows they're cold. Tight end Ryan Taylor won't be one of those players.
"I don't really subscribe to 'the less clothes I have on the tougher I am,'" Taylor told the Journal-Sentinel. "The guys who think they're the toughest guys in the world go out wearing no sleeves. It doesn't make any sense. Being cold doesn't make you tough. It makes you stupid."
The funny thing is, the 49ers seem to be a better fit for those conditions than the Packers. The 49ers are a power-running team that was third in the NFL in rushing yards per game, and one of only four teams to have 500 rushing attempts this season. The Packers were more balanced this season with rookie running back Eddie Lacy, but they'd still prefer to spread the field and pass the ball with Aaron Rodgers. It won't be easy to pass with the ball frozen solid.
Rodgers was born in Chico, Calif. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee, Wis. In many ways, the 49ers look like the NFC North team in this game.
But it might not matter much. Neither team will function normally in weather that extreme. Both teams are going to be miserable for a game that might knock the "Ice Bowl" out of the record books.