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It seems impossible that the Packers and the Cowboys haven’t met in the playoffs at Lambeau Field since New Year’s Eve 1967.None of the players in this weekend’s rematch of sorts were alive then, and neither of the head coaches was old enough to have any memory of what he was doing at the time.But those who played in the Ice Bowl, the coldest title game in the history of the NFL, can almost feel the chill all these years later.
The Packers’ subzero 21-17 win over the Cowboys, secured on a last-second quarterback sneak by Bart Starr, is considered one of the greatest NFL games of all time.
The forecast for this week’s game calls for a high of roughly 20 degrees, downright balmy by comparison.
With history front and center in advance of the so-called Ice Bowl 2, we asked Reeves to share his memories of that unforgettable NFL Sunday.
VRENTAS: Is there any way to describe how cold it was that day? Probably the best way that people can relate is that the day before, on Saturday, it was 15 degrees, and the next morning it was minus-17.
That’s 32 degrees, or like going from 70 degrees to 102. I thought when it got to 32 degrees and ice froze, you couldn’t get any colder. Walt Garrison and I roomed together, and we were in Appleton, Wisc., at a Holiday Inn.
Fifteen degrees the day before, when we worked out, was beautiful.
We worked up a sweat, the field was in great condition, and that was the forecast for the next day.
Walt and I got up the next morning, put on a coat and tie to go to pre-game meal, walked outside and said, ‘Dang, it’s cold.
We better get our overcoat.’ Walked back in and got our overcoat, put it on.