NFL fans to endure freezing temperatures
Below zero weather for the Packers vs 49ers game
BROWNSVILLE, TX ( NEWS CENTER 23) — Who is ready for some football?!
How about a football game with freezing temperatures?
That is the case for the Packers vs 49ers game. And it looks like this is a game for the record books.
At kickoff the weather was at a chilly -10° with the wind chill factored in. The forecast has been indicating freezing temperatures for this game, and forecasters have been warning die hard fans to keep warm.
And as many of you have already seen, the stands are filled with fans from both teams cheering on and trying to keep as warm as they can.
According to the Weather Service, by half time, the temperature is expected to drop down to a chilly -6 with a wind chill of -28 and by the second half we will see a temperature of -10 with a wind chill of -35!
But could this game top off the Ice Bowl back in 1967? Not likely, we are still off a few degrees, but we are close.
This game will definitely go down as the top 5 coldest games in the NFL if not the top 3.
But to ease the minds of those die hard Packer fans, here's a little reassurance.
According to ESPN, history suggests the weather won’t bother Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Since he took over as a starter in 2008, he is 12-4 in freezing temperatures (32 degrees or below) and has the highest total QBR (73.7) out of any player who has made at least three starts in such conditions over the that time period.
And hopefully, he shows that out in the field today.
Here are the top 3 Ice Bowls in NFL history, and it looks like this playoff game will soon be added to this list.
In First Place: Dec. 31, 1967
"The Ice Bowl" played in Lambeau Field. This was the NFL Championship, Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys. The temperature was at a below freezing -13 degrees with a wind chill of - 48 degrees!
In Jan. 10, 1982, Cincinnati Bengals took on San Diego Chargers in the AFC Championship Game at Riverfront Stadium. The temperature here was -9 degrees with a factored in wind chill of -59 degrees.
And last but certainly not least was the AFC playoff: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts in Jan. 7, 1996. The temperature was at -6 degrees!
Today is a day in history, with such cold temperatures out in the field, meteorologists are even saying during the game, wind chill values will drop to 30 to 40 degrees below zero. This is how the air will feel on any exposed skin and at these low levels frost bite could occur between 10 to 15 minutes!