Much ado has been made about playing late in the season Green Bay, which often features some of the worst weather of all NFL venues. From snow to bitterly cold temperatures, anything is possible at Lambeau Field.
The Seahawks advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs after beating the Eagles and the matchups have been set. Seattle will square off against the Packers Sunday afternoon – make that early evening in Wisconsin.
Coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks are used to wild weather at home, rain often being the case on gamedays in Seattle. Carroll was asked about the forecasted conditions for Green Bay this weekend.
“It looks like it’s going to be about 10 degrees colder than it was the other night, so, big deal,” Carroll said Wednesday. “That’s nothing. It was comfortable the other night. That was fine. It didn’t have any factor at all. If it’s in the twenties or whatever, 29 or 28, where it’s supposed to be, that’s no big deal. But, I’m not going to overlook the factor that the fellas might be thinking. We’ve already started to deal with that. You have to be very disciplined about that as well.”
Seattle is going through its own cold snap – with freezing temperatures and light snow possible all week before the Seahawks depart – and Carroll is making the most of the opportunities to replicate the upcoming weather. Plus, the temperature in Green Bay is expected to be downright balmy compared to when the Seahawks faced the Vikings in January 2016 in what proved to be the third-coldest game in NFL history.
“It depends on how the field is – if we can get out, we will,” Carroll explained. “We’re opening it up and blowing the air in to make sure. We’re not going to quite get it to where it’s going to be there. One thing we know that we’ve played in weather 50 degrees colder than it’s going to be.
“We’re really not going to worry about it.”
As of Thursday, the forecast for Sunday in Green Bay is partly sunny skies and 24 degrees. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:40 p.m. PT.