OT - Green Bay playoff game could be coldest in NFL history

Submitted by Cold War on January 3rd, 2014 at 4:50 PM

They don’t call it the frozen tundra for nothing. Sunday’s NFC wild card game at Lambeau Field will likely go down as one of the three coldest days in NFL history, with temperatures expected to dip below freezing by kickoff and wind chills that could hit -25 or colder during the daylight hours. Once the sun sets, the temperatures will drop even more and by Monday morning, the mercury is expected to drop to 20 below...




January 3rd, 2014 at 4:52 PM ^

That's just dangerous. Some drunken idiot is going to play tough guy and rip his shirt off with paint on his chest and then lose both arms to frostbite.


January 3rd, 2014 at 5:15 PM ^

Man, I work for a utility and pretty much all field work except for emergency stuff and the most pressing jobs stop around those sorts of wind chills. That's dangerous stuff. I will watch, but between bouts of shoveling and then from the comfort of my family room. When I worked in the field, I would cancel all meetings if I knew it was going to be like that. 


January 3rd, 2014 at 5:20 PM ^

Go Pack!  I live in milwaukee and was scared I would have to drive to Illinois or Madison for the game (due to blackout).  I was offered half off tickets, but said no.  Just not worth it.


January 3rd, 2014 at 6:08 PM ^

Idk about the ticket situation, but I hope GB fans aren't blacked out. Shouldn't punish people for not attending a game in conditions equaled only by a blast chiller

Red is Blue

January 3rd, 2014 at 6:25 PM ^

I was in Cincy at the time of the Bengals game (didn't go). It was flippin' cold. But I thought the game was against the Chargers. The Browns - Raiders red right 88 game was very cold too. I went to that one. But, the coldest I've ever been was the 5-0 M - Purdue game. Not extremely cold, but very windy and rainy.

Mi Sooner

January 3rd, 2014 at 6:56 PM ^

was cold.  i thought it was the coldest game up to that point; even colder than the cha,pionship game in green bay back in the '60s. 

i agree, that umich -- pudue game just sucked.  i left the car and  it was snowing.  when i was crossing the golf course to the game, it started to sleet.; the rain started when i got to the gate.  the wind was from the WNW at a blustery 25mph with gust up to 50mph.  the field was still grass/mud at that time, and i remember mercury hayes boy surfing in the puddle along the sidelines near the northeast corner of the stadium.

-- and there is no way that there were even close to 100k there that day; maybe 60k.

French West Indian

January 4th, 2014 at 9:40 AM ^

 And agree that no way there was 100,000 people in the stadium.  It looked nearly half-empty, that is, if you could look up.  I remember the freezing rain blowing into my face almost horizontally forcing me to look at my feet most of the time.  Being cold sucks but being wet & cold is even worse.  But a friend & I did manage to brave it out until the end.


January 3rd, 2014 at 6:46 PM ^

I remember back in the early 90s when temps fell to -20F w/ windchills even colder.

I had to walk ~50 yards from my car in the outdoor parking lot to get into my workplace.  I was so ready for it to be effin cold, that it really wasn't that bad.

Later that day, I had to walk about ~200 yards from my car to get into my night school building.  The last ~150 yards were just brutal, no matter what my mindset.



January 3rd, 2014 at 9:28 PM ^

Just think - this is the game that would be nice and toasty inside Ford Field had the Lions given enough of a shit to win a division that was handed to them with a big bow on it.


January 3rd, 2014 at 10:02 PM ^

It is insane to me that they are going to have people sit in the open with negative-30 degree-like temperatures for 3+ hours.  I get that football is tough and all that, but is GB and the NFL going to pay for hospitalizations of these people?


January 4th, 2014 at 10:49 AM ^

with no problem.  The key is to avoid any exposed skin.  If one of the teams figured out how to do that effectively, they'd have a huge advantage.