The ’07 NFC Championship In Green Bay Was So Cold It Permanently Damaged Kicker’s Foot
The New York Giants have had a weird season. They've been consistently good with flashes of greatness, including two wins over the otherwise dominant Dallas Cowboys. However despite beating the NFC's best team twice, they finished the year at 11-5 and in second place in the NFC East, ensuring that their road to the divisional round goes through the 10-6 Packers at Lambeau Field.
That's an incredibly difficult place to play on the road during any time of the year, but it's particularly rough in January when the average high temperature is just 24 degrees.
Still, history is on the Giants side when it comes to playing postseason games in Green Bay during seasons when the New England Patriots are Super Bowl favorites.
During both the 2007 and 2011 playoff runs that culminated in Super Bowl wins over New England, the Giants had to go on the road and beat the Packers. That's encouraging news for this year's Giants team, with the only caveat being that they just might suffer a little permanent frostbite in the process.
At the start of the 2011 divisional game, the temperature was a balmy 31 degrees Fahrenheit, presumably a pleasure for players who has survived the horrifically cold January game in Lambeau just four years prior.
The the temperature at kickoff of the NFC Championship game in 2007 was -1 degree, with a wind chill of -23; and according to NorthJersey.com's Tara Sullivan, Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes bore the brunt of the weather that day.
In Sullivan's recent interview with former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin regarding those difficult wins in Green Bay, it was revealed that Tynes foot suffered so much damage from the cold that day that some of it became permanent. After kicking the game-winning field goal, his fifth attempt of the game kicking a ball that was so frozen it was surely akin to kicking a block of ice.
"He took it, he made it, and he wouldn’t kick a football for another 10 days," wrote Sullivan. "In fact, had the Super Bowl been one week later rather than two, he wouldn't have been able to play. That’s how much damage the cold weather inflicted on his foot, leaving darkened blood vessels that remain to this day."
According to the AccuWeather forecast for the game, temperature at kickoff will be in the low teens and will feel like 4 degrees by nightfall. While that may not be quite as dire as it was in 2007, someone better make sure that Robbie Gould is posted up right by a heater any time he is not on the field.
Otherwise the postgame scene in the locker room will be something like this:
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