Packers, 49ers prepare for bitter cold in Green Bay

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald (left) pressures Green Bay Packers quarterback...

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald (left) pressures Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the fourth quarter on Sept. 8. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:47 PM ET

Twelve months ago, on the morning of the Packers-49ers divisional playoff clash at Candlestick Park, near-freezing temperatures caused local television stations to warn Bay Area residents not to use their credit cards to scrape the frost off their windshields.

Really? People were actually using their platinum plastic to clear off their cars?

Such was the way San Franciscans dealt with what they considered to be frigid temperatures.

This is the environment in which the San Francisco 49ers live their day to day lives. But if they thought that was cold, they ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

For the second time in just under a year, the Niners and Packers will smash helmets in the NFL post-season. Only this time, the battlefield — or skating rink, as the case may be — will be the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, where locals are calling this encounter “Ice Bowl II.”


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