(AP) — Jeff Giardinelli embraced the cold outside Lambeau Field dressed in a No. 8 Steve Young jersey, red San Francisco 49ers knit cap and Candlestick Park themed scarf.
He'll remember his first visit to Green Bay for a while, and not just because his 49ers beat the Packers 23-20 in the NFC wild-card game yesterday.
An arctic front pushing through the Midwest made the game one of the coldest in NFL history. During its telecast, Fox reported the temperature dipped to 2 degrees and the wind chill was minus-11.
The meat-locker conditions put a chill on outdoor tailgating and had fans heading into Lambeau early to warm up with free coffee and hot chocolate.
"Refreshing," Giardinelli, of Fresno, Calif., exclaimed as he walked across a parking lot with friend Jeff Morgan. "We suited up, we brought all the snowboarding gear we use out there and added to it. Morgan wasn't quite as convinced. "He says 'refreshing.' I say it's cold as heck."
The coldest NFL game on record is the 1967 title game, known as the "Ice Bowl" won by the Packers 21-17 over the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field on New Year's Eve. The temperature dipped to minus-13, and the wind chill that day was minus-48.