Will The 49ers-Packers Game Be As Cold As The Original Ice Bowl?

by
Patrick Creaven
The Niners and Packers are expected to play in one the coldest football games ever Sunday. Maybe the coldest since the 1967 Ice Bowl.

There is cold, really cold and then there are January playoff games at Lambeau Field.

The Green Bay Packers host the San Francisco 49ers in the wildcard round of the National Football League playoffs Sunday. The game time temperature is expected to be -2 degrees, with a 15 mph wind that will make it feel like -15 degrees.

It's not the first time The Frozen Tundra hosted a big playoff matchup in almost unbearably cold conditions. Back in 1967, the Dallas Cowboys visited the Packers in the famous Ice Bowl, as the two teams played for the NFL Championship. (This was before there were Super Bowls.)

It was so cold, the officials couldn't use their metal whistles, because it would stick to their lips. The tuba players in the band had blood all over their faces because they had to rip their lips to dislodge themselves from the tuba.

"Instead of going over our game plan and stuff, we had to improvise and adlib on how we were going to get through the game," Cowboys wide receiver Lance Rentzle said. "Forget winning the game, how were we going to survive the game?"

The Packers ended up winning the game 21-17, thanks to a fourth quarter 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Bart Starr.

Watch the video above to get an idea of how cold it was for the first Ice Bowl, and what the Niners and Packers will face in the second.