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Packers vs. 49ers vs. bitter cold

The Green Bay Packers host the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC wild-card showdown that could be one of the coldest playoff games in NFL history.


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Sunday’s games

1:30 p.m.: San Francisco @ Green Bay, Ch. 13

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Josh Boyd isn’t into making a fashion statement, and he doesn’t think he needs to go sleeveless to show off his toughness.

All the Packers defensive lineman wants is to stay warm in the subzero weather when Green Bay hosts the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC wild-card showdown that could be one of the coldest playoff games in NFL history.

So many intriguing story lines between these two NFC powers, and yet the arctic cold may trump them all.

“Yeah, I’m definitely going sleeves,” said Boyd, a rookie from Mississippi. “I mean, I don’t see it as a tough-guy thing. I just see it as being comfortable.”

The National Weather Service forecast called for a high temperature in Green Bay on Sunday of 2 degrees, with north-northwest winds making it feel more like minus-15 to minus-20.

The coldest NFL game on record is the 1967 championship game, known as the “Ice Bowl” won by the Packers 21-17 over the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field on New Year’s Eve. The temperature dipped to minus-13, and the wind chill that day was minus-48.

This might be little consolation to Boyd, for whom cold games in college meant playing in 30- or 40-degree weather.

“I’m from Mississippi, so this is a whole other animal,” Boyd said. “I’ve never seen negatives until I got here.”

Linemen are renowned for toughing out inclement weather without sleeves under jerseys. Don’t want to give the opponent even the slightest idea that you’re soft, the line of thinking goes.

Well, 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith is as tough as they come, and even he might wear sleeves for what he estimates would be just the second or third time in his 13-year career.

“You’re not going to have an advantage having no sleeves. You’re not going to scare the opponent,” said Smith, who has 6½ sacks.

Across the line of scrimmage, center Jonathan Goodwin said he had no problem wearing sleeves.

“I gave up on the ‘don’t wear sleeves to look tough’ a long time ago,” he said.

In some ways, players might be warmer than the 80,000 fans expected to pack frigid Lambeau. Once they get to the sideline, players can take a break on heated benches and wear long, heavy coats.

“This is not the norm. Anytime you get outside the norm for whatever your occupation, it’s obviously challenging mentally and physically,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “That’s definitely going to be the case Sunday.”

Footing on the field will be a key issue. Lambeau does have a heating system buried beneath the turf.

Sunday’s game between Green Bay and San Francisco could be one of the coldest games ever played at Lambeau Field
Temp.MatchupDate
-13Green Bay vs. DallasDec. 31, 1967
-1Green Bay vs. N.Y. GiantsJan. 20, 2008
0Green Bay vs. L.A. RaidersDec. 26, 1993
2Green Bay vs. DetroitDec. 22, 1990
3Green Bay vs. HoustonDec. 7, 2008
Source: Fox11, Green Bay


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