The Green Bay Packers are used to playing in cold weather, but on Saturday the Wild Card matchup against the San Francisco 49ers could see record lows.
The temperature for the game on Saturday is expected to drop below zero, with some estimates putting the wind chill in the -20s.
Players on both the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers say they’re both getting ready for the frigid temperatures. When asked what he would do to get ready for the sub-zero temperatures, quarterback Aaron Rodgers said: “Eat a lot of chicken noodle soup.”
The National Weather Service says Lambeau Field will be in the single digits at kickoff on Sunday, with the temperature actually going down from there.
While the Green Bay Packers may be used to playing on the “frozen tundra” at Lambeau Field, the San Francisco 49ers have less experience with the cold. Under coach Jim Harbaugh, the team has only played one game in temperatures below freezing.
“Just get me a ‘W’ and that’ll give me all the warmth I need,” said 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis.
But players acknowledge that the cold will be hurting everyone equally.
“It helps, but I think everybody’s going to be cold,” Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk said on Wednesday. “It’s not going to be any different for either team regardless of where they’re coming from.”
The game will be a rematch of the much-warmer season opener, when the 49ers defeated the Packers 34-28. Though the 49ers come into the game with a six-game winning streak, they are not taking Green Bay lightly.
“Green Bay is a completely different team than the team we saw in Week 1, as we are,” San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin said on Wednesday. “For us, we would like to carry that momentum. We are in a six-game winning streak.”
Kickoff for the wild card round game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers is set for Sunday at 4:40 pm. The temperature is estimated to be 8 degrees at kickoff.