Last night at Lambeau, it was not quite as cold as the Ice Bowl, but it was pretttttttty cold! The Ice Bowl at Lambeau on New Year's Eve 1967...it was negative 13 with a Wind-chill of negative 35, and of course...the Packers beat the Cowboys 21-17.
Last night, the official temperature at kickoff was 11 with a wind chill of 1, making it the coldest game in the league for this season, and one of the top 10 coldest games ever. And honestly, it seems like the cold was a bigger factor than the Vikings as the Pack sailed past them with a score of 37-10. With this win and the Cowboys lose earlier in the day, the Packers clinch the #1 seed in the NFC which gives them a first week bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The question now becomes....do you play the starters in the essentially meaningless game against the 2-13-1 Lions? If the starters don't play, it will be a full two weeks with the first round bye...not a good idea in my mind from a momentum standpoint.