Nearly 50 years later, the "Ice Bowl" still looks cold.
The 1967 NFL Championship Game was a hot topic of conversation ahead of the NFL wild-card matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers during the first weekend of 2014 because the forecast called for subzero conditions at Lambeau Field. In order to freeze itself into the record books as the coldest game in NFL history, the temperature for the 49ers-Packers game would have needed to drop below -13 degrees with a wind chill colder than -48 degrees. According to NFL.com, those were the conditions when the Packers hosted the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 31, 1967 in a thrilling game that would go down in history for both its breathtaking conclusion and its breath-freezing atmosphere. With a game-time temperature at Lambeau Field of 5 degrees with a wind chill of -10 on Sunday afternoon, this 2014 playoff tilt quite measure up -- or down.
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Here are a dozen images from that unforgettable day in Wisconsin on the final day of 1967 when a late touchdown plunge by Packers quarterback Bart Starr gave the home team a 21-17 win in the final minute. Despite the unprecedented cold, the majority of the fans seemed to have remained in the stands until the incredible finish. Perhaps because of that unprecedented cold, many of those fans rushed the field to celebrate the victory.