Green Bay Packers NFL Playoff Weather Forecast: Cold (but not super cold)

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GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers will host a divisional playoff game next weekend. It’s going to be cold but maybe not unbearably cold.

Long-term forecasts earlier this week called for single-digit highs for a possible playoff game on Sunday. It’s a bit subdued, though.

In the divisional round, games on Saturday, January 22 will start at 3:35 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. On Sunday, January 23, games will start at 2:05 p.m. and 5:40 p.m.

After bitterly cold midweek weather, Saturday’s forecast, according to weatherman Steve Beylon of Green Bay TV station WBAY, calls for a high of 18 and a low of 6. If the Packers get that slot in the hours of prime it could be about 10 degrees with a 10 mph breeze at kickoff. That’s a minus-3 wind chill.

The forecast for next Sunday calls for a high of 15. With a 10 mph wind, the wind chill would be 3 for the start of the game and obviously a bit colder for the evening game.

The Packers beat the Vikings 37-10 in Week 17 when they were 11 at kickoff and in the single digits in the fourth quarter.

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“We think it’s Packer’s time, honestly,” defensive lineman Dean Lowry said this week. “Let’s go back to our game against Minnesota. We played excellent team defense. It was probably our most complete game of the year, against Minnesota in freezing weather. We are used to it. Even today we were out of all practice. We just think it matches our strength to play solid defense and have a quarterback and offense that is experienced in this weather.

As anyone who lives in a cold climate knows, the first thing to consider is finger feel and dexterity. This makes handling the ball a challenge. It can also have a big impact on the kicking game.

“In a really cold game, and that’s what’s being projected right now, you’re going to lose 5 to 7 yards on your yardage,” special teams coordinator Maurice Drayton said this week. “Also, every time you handle the ball, whether it’s the carriers, whether it’s the punter himself, you have to make sure our hands are warm and use a few tricks of the trade to make sure we We’ve got a good grip on the ball. Same for returning returnees. We’re used to it though. It’s our element. We practice outside. We like being outside and we’ll use that to our advantage .

Green Bay will play the lowest remaining seed in this weekend’s wildcard round. The Packers would almost certainly play Sunday if the winner of Monday night’s game between the fifth-seeded Cardinals and the fourth-seeded Rams came to Green Bay. If there is a wildcard round upset by seventh-seeded Philadelphia (at No. 2 Tampa Bay) or sixth-seeded San Francisco (at No. 3 Dallas) on Sunday, that team could come to Green Bay on Saturday. . Given the popularity of the Packers and the potential for a frozen game, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this game in the Saturday night slot.

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