GREEN BAY, Wis. —
“I’d rather be at home, I think anybody would,” Clay Matthews said Wednesday. “I mean, that’s what you play for ... (to) make teams come into your backyard. Especially with us. We like to think living in this environment, playing in this environment, it plays to us well. “
Weather is behind much of the Green Bay advantage, to say nothing of its mystique.
Buffalo may have more snow, and the wind off Lake Michigan makes for some downright nasty conditions at Soldier Field. But the average temperature in Green Bay doesn’t crack the freezing mark from December through February, and the thought of the Ice Bowl creeps into the minds of every opponent when they see a winter game at Lambeau on the schedule.
Temperature at kickoff for that 1967 NFL championship was 13 below, with a wind chill of minus-46. It was so cold the officials’ whistles froze, and one fan died of exposure.
“You learn to live with it,” said Matthews, who endured quite a shock when he arrived in Green Bay from sunny southern California. “You can’t avoid the elements out here.”