The Ice Bowl II Cometh: Packers, 49ers to Play in Sub-Zero Temps Sunday

The playoff game will be one of the coldest in NFL history

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In this Dec. 31, 1967 file photo, fans watch the Green Bay Packers play the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Championship in Green Bay, Wisc.

Sunday’s playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers may be one of the coldest NFL games ever played. The Ice Bowl of 1967 currently holds that title with subzero temperatures that dipped to -13 degrees, the Journal-Sentinel reports.

Temperatures at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin are expected to reach negative two degrees at kickoff thanks to a record cold blast in the U.S. The original Ice Bowl was also played in Green Bay. The Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys for the NFL Championship in that game. They’re hoping that cold temperatures will bring them similar luck against San Francisco.

Weather conditions have discouraged fans from snatching up playoff tickets. As of Friday morning, the game in Green Bay was not yet sold out. To encourage fans to attend, the Packers have announced they will offer fans free hand warmers, coffee and hot chocolate.

[Journal-Sentinel]

5 comments
Openminded1
Openminded1

Stupid to have a game in that kind of weather , Green Bay needs a dome. Forget all this macho crap about playing in the elements. Comfort is more fun. There is a reason the super bowl will never be in green bay, and should not be in NY/NJ either.

eagle11772
eagle11772

@Openminded1 and btw, As a New Yorker, I think it's ridiculous and LYING to call them "The New York Giants" and The New York Jets" when they play in another state.  Can you think of any other professional sports teams that LIE about where they play ?  Either both teams should play in New York, or both teams should rename themselves "The New Jersey Giants" and "The New Jersey Jets" instead of always LYING about it.

eagle11772
eagle11772

@Openminded1 I agree with you completely !  Well said !  Temperatures this low can obviously cause frostbite and can be life-threatening.  If the temperature dropped to -40 F or -70 F, would they still insist on playing ?  Suppose someone loses a limb due to complications from frostbite, or God-forbid loses their life due to a heart attack or some other reason because of the extreme cold ?  What will the NFL say then ?

lispar
lispar

@eagle11772 @Openminded1 The (now named) Los Angeles Angels are in Anaheim, not L.A.... it is stupid, though. It is only done to garner more fans, but it doesn't really work, IMO.