With a polar vortex descending on the middle of the United States, expectations for Sunday's wildcard game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers were low.
As in, many thought the record for the lowest game-time temperature in NFL history -- a bitter -13 degrees with a -48 wind chill at 1967's Ice Bowl -- might fall at last.
But alas for the record keepers (if not for the fans), Sunday's matchup at Lambeau Field didn't even crack the top 10. Kickoff in Green Bay, Wisc., was a relatively balmy 5 degrees, with a windchill of -10 degrees.
San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who led his team to a 23-20 victory, said the weather hardly phased him, even deciding to play without gloves and sleeves. (Perhaps Kaepernicking only counts if the arm is bare.)
"I've played in cold-weather games before," Wisconsin-native Kaepernick said. "I feel like it's more mental than anything."