GREEN BAY, Wis. The frostbite that appeared to be developing on the face of Giants coach Tom Coughlin during Sunday's NFC Championship game was a good indication of how brutally cold it was at Lambeau Field.
At kickoff, the temperature was minus-1 degrees, and the wind chill was 23 degrees below zero. It was the second coldest home game in Green Bay Packers history, trailing just the Ice Bowl in 1967. The temperature in that game, when the Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in one of the most famous games in NFL history, was minus-13 degrees and the wind chill was 46 below zero.
Sunday's NFC Championship game was the third-coldest game in NFL history.
While the weather made the Lambeau Field crowd of 72,740 extremely uncomfortable, the players say it didn't have much of an effect on the game.
"It wasn't really difficult," said Green Bay linebacker A.J. Hawk. "As a defensive guy, the conditions don't really matter to us. I don't know how much of a factor it played tonight."
The Giants, who rented heated benches for the game, say they were prepared for the cold.
"We have played in similar games this season, like in Buffalo," said Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora. "It was just mainly cold out there. It really wasn't a factor at all."
FAVRE-DRIVER COMBO MAKES HISTORY: The 90-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre to Donald Driver in the second quarter of Green Bay's 23-20 overtime loss to New York on Sunday was the longest touchdown completion in Packers postseason history. It came with 11:18 remaining in the second quarter and gave Green Bay a 7-6 lead.
MADISON'S GAFFE: It ended up being a moot point because the Giants prevailed, but New York cornerback Sam Madison made what could have been a game-changing error.
Shortly after the Giants made a key third-down stop in the third quarter, Madison was flagged for a personal foul when he shoved Packers running back Vernand Morency. On the next play, Favre completed a 12-yard touchdown strike to tight end to Donald Lee. The score gave the Packers a short-lived 17-13 lead.
FIRST-HALF FAILURES: Although the Packers led 10-6 at halftime, they hadn't done much offensively in the first half. Green Bay failed to convert on any of its third-down plays, going 0-for-5 on third-down conversions. The Favre-to-Driver 90-yard touchdown play outgained the rest of the Packers' offense in the first half. Green Bay only gained 84 yards of offense outside of that play.