GREEN BAY, Wis. -- All the talk about historic cold temperatures for Sunday's NFC wild-card playoff game at Lambeau Field ended up being a bunch of hot air.
Well maybe not hot, but not as cold as many expected.
It checked in at No. 7 and didn't come close to the minus-13 of the Ice Bowl, the Dec. 13, 1967 NFL championship game against the Dallas Cowboys. The only other sub-zero game came against the New York Giants on Jan. 20, 2008, when it was minus-1 for the NFC championship game.
The Packers' entire offensive line plus at least 16 other Packers' players, by unofficial count, opted to forgo long sleeves.
“It was cold, but it was mind over matter,” said running back Eddie Lacy, who was among the sleeveless. “We did a great job of dealing with it from a mental aspect, so it wasn't too bad.”
With winds of 10 miles per hour, the wind-chill at kickoff was minus-10.
Most players in the Packers' locker room said the weather did not impact the game and had nothing to do with their 23-20 season-ending loss.
“We've played in cold games the last couple weeks, and I didn't think it was as cold out there as everyone was predicting,” receiver Jordy Nelson said. “I think it was just another December-January game in Green Bay that we'll deal with every year.”