The Green Bay Packers held off a Chicago Bears rally and frigid temperatures to secure a 30-27 win at Soldier Field on Sunday.
Frozen football has been a topic this weekend for several games scheduled in the frigid below zero temperatures. The Chicago Bears game against the Green Bay Packers was forecasted to break record as the coldest game ever played at Solider Field. Forecasters predicted a temperature of 1 degree below zero with a wind chill of -10 to -30 but Sunday’s game fell short of breaking that record.
According to the Chicago Bears official Twitter page the forecast for kickoff was 10 degrees. This game tied for the 5th coldest Bears game played at Solider Field:
With a temperature of 2 degrees without wind chill, the 2008 Bears and Packers meet up still stands as the coldest game played in the stadium’s history. The two teams also faced off in a 1983 game with a temperature of 3 degrees and the Bears won both games but Sunday’s match-up was different.
Although the Bears have a history with cold weather they couldn’t stand strong in a face off with their archrivals, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Players prepared for low temperatures with outside practices or by wearing long sleeves.
Rodgers commented on the weather and said it was uncomfortable at times but it was warmer than expected, according to Green Bay Packer’s Twitter page. Rodgers went 19-for-31 for 252 yards for Green Bay.
The team with history of playing the coldest game in NFL history took the win. The Packers won after Mason Crosby kicked a 32-yard field goal as the clock ran out in the fourth quarter.
Green Bay played in the “Ice Bowl” championship game of 1967 against the Dallas Cowboys where the temperature was -13 degrees at Lambeau Field.
Quarterback, Matthew Barkley finished 30-for-43 for 362 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions for the Bears. Meanwhile Josh Bellamy and Alshon Jeffery caught scoring passes and Jordan Howard ran for a touchdown.
The Bears fell short of a record and a rally against the Packers 30-27 on Sunday at Solider Field.