So was the coldest NFL game ever played in the history of the league this Sunday's NFC Wild Card game at Lambeau Field. Players braved freezing temperatures on the field to compete for a trip to North Carolina this coming Sunday and an NFC Divisional matchup with the Carolina Panthers. So who survived the cold weather and won the battle at historic Lambeau Field?
An ESPN.com report on Jan. 6 notes that the temperature at kickoff for the NFC Playoffs game was just 5 degrees. However, a win chill of minus-10 made for even colder conditions. That didn’t seem to faze many of the players as they were seen running on the field with no sleeves or gloves on, baring their arms as if the game was in Miami or another warmer location.
For the game itself, the San Francisco 49ers, led by fleet-footed quarterback Colin Kaepernick, ultimately took the game. It came down to a deciding field goal to break a 20-all tie, and give the 49ers a 23-20 win in the final moments. The final kick was nearly blocked by a leaping Packers defender, but ultimately went through his arms. It was that cold, and that close in Lambeau, but San Francisco survived the NFC Wild Card game.
Next up for the 49ers will be Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. That game is on the NFL Playoffs schedule for Sunday, Jan. 12 at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. Early weather reports for the area indicate much warmer temperatures on the way with a high of 66 degrees and a low of 46 degrees. However there is a 70% chance for rain as well. The 49ers and Panthers are likely to take those conditions over the freezing conditions that Lambeau Field showed on Sunday, Jan. 5.
For those wondering, prior to yesterday’s game at Lambeau, the coldest NFL game ever played took place in Cincinnati back in 1982 when the Bengals hosted the San Diego Chargers in an AFC Championship game. Temperatures were down to -9 degrees at kickoff, but with a wind chill of -59 degrees it was dubbed the “Freezer Bowl.” According to The Daily Beast, the Bengals won the game 27-7, despite the frigid conditions.