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If you have trouble making chit chat, you can always talk about the weather.

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As it relates to Wild Card Weekend in the NFL at Lambeau Field on Sunday, the weather is just about all there is to talk about.

Echoes of the Ice Bowl, the most storied NFL Championship game in history, have taken center stage as the first round playoff game is set to kickoff at 3:40 p.m. between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers.

It is going to be cold.

Really cold.

Insanely cold.

The sport of baseball calls it a day when it rains.

Lightning is the only reason they won't play football.

The frigid temps will wreak havoc on the pigskin as well as the human skin.

Kickoffs will be shorter and swirl around in the arctic winds.

Ditto for passes regardless of who's throwing the ball.

It will be hard to feel your extremities on the field, much less the spheroid.

It's going to be anything but dull.

Even though the Niners are a warm weather team, extreme cold like this is an equalizer.

While most of the frozen folks in the stands at the home of the frozen tundra will keeping both eyes peeled on the plunging mercury, the Pack will be looking for the location of Niners QB Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, a Wisconsin native who loved former QB Brett Favre growing up, has been a thorn in the collective sides of the Green & Gold.

Last January, Kaepernick ran the option offense down Green Bay's throats for a huge win.

He ran left, he ran right and he ran up the middle as if he were invisible in that one.

This past September in the season opener, Kaepernick threw for more than 400 yards in another win over the Pack.

Anquan Boldin was on the receiving end of most of those yards and San Fran shredded Green Bay yet again.

Michael Crabtree is available for this game, giving Kaepernick another target.

GB QB Aaron Rodgers will likely provide the counterpoint.

The Niners will have their hands full as well.

Rodgers took this team on his back and willed them to this point.

It will be a test of wills and as in most games, mistakes and capitalizing on them will tell the tale.

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