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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 21-0, Sunday in the heaviest snowstorm for an National Football League game since the Jan. 2, 1966 league championship -- in Green Bay.

The scene was Lambeau Field, where the Packers played in the coldest NFL game ever 18 years ago.


Winds gusted to 25-35 mph, plunging the wind chill to zero with 10 inches of snow on the ground. The snowfall totaled more than 15 inches by game's end.

The normally crowded Lambeau Field drew only die-hard fans and only a couple hundred fans filled the stadium a half hour before the noon kickoff.

'I'll tell you it's been about three years since I've been to a Packers' game, said Steve Below of Green Bay. 'We're here celebrating my buddy's birthday so this is his treat today. I owe everything to this guy.'

Packers' tight end Paul Coffman said, 'I love it, it's May. This is what I come to play for. It slows everyone down to my speed.'

Only 3 inches fell in the 1966 championship game in which Green Bay defeated the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field 23-12.


The game was the second major snow game in two seasons for the Packers, who played the Broncos at Denver Oct. 15, 1984, in a 15-inch barrage.

Sunday's snowfall in Green Bay set a record for the date in the history of the local weather bureau, which dates back to the late 1880s.

The temperature was 16 below in December 1967 when the Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 for the NFL title on quarterback Bart Starr's 1-yard sneak for a touchdown with seconds to play.

That game was dubbed the 'Ice Bowl.'

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