As of Friday, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was expected to have a chance to do something his predecessor Brett Favre never did at Lambeau Field: Win a game when the temperature at kickoff was below zero.
Brett Favre was 0-1 in the category, blowing the 2007 NFC title game against the Giants with that hideous interception in overtime, when Favre selected as his target for the pass the one option out of four who was covered.
The temperature for the game that rendered Tom Coughlin’s face a permanent shade of red was one degree below zero. As of Friday, the projected high at Green Bay was five degrees below zero.
But now there’s hope for the 49ers, and for anyone who will voluntarily or involuntarily expose themselves to those elements. The revised forecast shows a high temperature of one degree. The hour-by-hour forecast shows that the temperature at kickoff of 3:40 p.m. CT is expected to be between one and zero degrees, with a wind chill near 20 below.
By the end of the game, the temperature could be four below, and a wind chill warning continues to take effect at 6:00 p.m. CT on Sunday.
So while the forecast is better, it’s not much better. And it’ll be important for everyone to take all necessary precautions to ward off frostbite — including but not limited to the all-important third sock.