It Might Be Historically Cold for Packers Playoff Game in Green Bay

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 2, 2014

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 22:  Fan of the Green Bay Packers showing his support during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field on December 22, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The Steelers defeated the Packers 38-31.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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If you are heading out to Lambeau Field, make sure you layer heavily and wear that extra-warm cheesehead. 

For those fortunate enough to have a ticket to the big game during Wild Card Weekend, you might like to know that there is cold and whatever the hell it will be on Sunday. 

Because cold doesn't do it justice. 

The Weather Channel uses their dark website magic to look into the future, foretelling a high of zero degrees and a low of 18 below—as of this writing. 

There is only a 20 percent chance of snow, so the optimists in the crowd can stick that one in your hat for good luck. 

Now, if you were wondering, this means the game could match historic lows. An NFL.com report posted in 2011 lists the 10 coldest games in league history. 

Lambeau pops its head out four times in that power ranking, taking the No. 10 spot with a Dec. 1990 game that reached two degrees. 

The iconic stadium bookends things rather nicely by also taking the No. 1 spot for hosting "The Ice Bowl" in 1967—a game that saw its temperature drop to 13 below (minus 48 with wind chill). 

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All of this is to say we might be looking at history on Sunday, which is great news for all you Packers fans who decided long ago to watch the playoff game from under your team-themed Snuggie and the comfort of your couch. 

That might be why Packers officials have had issues actually selling out the game. 

Nov 24, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; A Green Bay Packers fan holds up a sign during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.  The Vikings and Packers tied 26-26.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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You would think tickets would be flying off the figurative shelf following the emotional 33-28 win over the Chicago Bears in Week 17. The win gave the Packers the division title and entry into what is promising to be a cold tournament all around—a tournament that will culminate with the first cold-weather Super Bowl ever. 

Yahoo! Sports' Frank Schwab reports that, as of Wednesday morning, the Packers still had 8,500 seats available, via a tweet from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein

Silverstein would later update that figure, posting this on Thursday: 

Now, before you chide Packers fans, remember: 

The Packers aren't the only franchise having issues selling playoff tickets, because Schwab reports the Bengals and Colts are roughly in the same boat. 

The obvious sentiment is that the NFL makes for some captivating television. There is something so wonderful about watching on your own big screen, rewinding highlights and fast-forwarding through lowlights. 

Suddenly, sitting in traffic to watch the game high atop the stadium doesn't have the same zeal it once did. 

We leave it to you to argue whether NFL games are still fun to watch in person. All we know is zero degrees makes that sofa seem like the best seat in the house. 

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