The Packers-49ers playoff game Sunday in Green Bay didn't set the record for being the coldest in NFL history, but if you were among those who had endure the elements at Lambeau Field, you probably don't care. It was still downright frigid: 5 degrees at kickoff with a wind chill of minus-10.

Like the classic 1967 Ice Bowl in Green Bay, which was the coldest in league history at minus-13 degrees, this one came down to the final seconds. Phil Dawson kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired to lift the 49ers to a 23-20 win.

Forecasts earlier in the week had called for a high of minus-5, a low of minus-20 and a wind chill of minus-51.

The cold, the snow and the ice, and even the fog, have become part of the NFL playoff lore. Even without a temperature record, the 49ers-Packers game joins the list as it provided a back-and-forth struggle all the way to the final play.

Here are some NFL playoff games with story lines pegged to the weather:

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Ice Bowl, 1967

At minus-13 degrees in Green Bay, the 1967 NFL championship game is the coldest game in league history, playoffs or otherwise. Aside from the cold, the game itself provides compelling drama as Packers quarterback Bart Starr scores the winning touchdown on a sneak from the 1-yard line with 13 seconds left. The 21-17 win against the Cowboys puts the Packers in Super Bowl II.


Freezer Bowl, 1982

The AFC championship game in Cincinnati on Jan. 10, 1982, holds the league record for coldest wind chill at minus-59 degrees. The Bengals win 27-7 to advance to Super Bowl XVI. Cincinnati coach Forrest Gregg was an offensive tackle for the Packers in the Ice Bowl and he says the Freezer Bowl was colder. Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts says he still feels the effects of the frostbite from that game.


Favre's Frozen Farewell, 2008

The NFC championship game on Jan. 20, 2008, turns out to be Brett Favre's final game as a Green Bay Packer, and the game-time temperature is minus-4 with a wind chill of minus-24. Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes misses field goals of 43 and 36 in the fourth quarter, with the second coming on the final play in regulation. But on the opening possession of overtime, Corey Webster intercepts Favre, and this time Tynes connects from 47 yards to give the Giants a 23-20 win.


Tuck Rule Blizzard, 2002

Raiders fans also refer to this AFC divisional playoff game on Jan. 19, 2002, as the Snow Job. Oakland leads 13-10 with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter. Charles Woodson sacks Tom Brady. Raiders linebacker Greg Biekert recovers. But the officials cite the Tuck Rule. The Patriots maintain possession. Through the driving snow, Adam Vinatieri kicks a 45-yard field goal to force overtime and wins it with a 23-yarder.


The Sneakers Game, 1934

The Giants trail the Bears 10-3 at halftime at the Polo Grounds, which is covered in ice after a night of freezing rain. Then the Giants equipment manager borrows some sneakers from the Manhattan College basketball team, and New York runs away with the championship in a 30-13 win. Dec. 9, 1934


Red Right 88, 1981

The wind chill in Cleveland is minus-36 on Jan. 4, 1981, when the Browns host the Raiders, and the field is covered in ice. The Browns trail 14-12 but have a third-and-1 on the Raiders' 13 with less than minute left. Cleveland kicker Don Cockroft has missed two goals and had a PAT blocked, so the Browns take another shot at the end zone with the play called "Red Right 88." Brian Sipe's pass gets held up by the wind. Raiders safety Mike Davis steps in front of Ozzie Newsome in the end zone for the game-clinching interception.


Philly Blizzard, 1948

The 1948 NFL championship is the first to be televised, and viewers see plenty of snow and just one touchdown. The Eagles beat the Cardinals 7-0 only after players from both teams help with snow removal from the field of Shibe Park in Philadelphia.


Slippery In Pittsburgh, 1976

The AFC championship game on Jan. 4, 1976, features an ice-covered field at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh and a wind chill of minus-12. After the Steelers win 16-10, Raiders coach John Madden says the ice may be worse than the cold because it prevents Oakland's receivers from making crisp cuts.


Bills-Raiders, 1994

By halftime of this AFC divisional playoff game in Buffalo on Jan. 15, 1994, it is minus-1 with a wind chill of minus-26. The Bills rally from a 17-6 deficit to beat the Raiders 29-23. Buffalo advances to the AFC championship in which it beats Joe Montana and the Chiefs to earn a fourth consecutive trip to the Super Bowl.


Chiefs-Colts, 1996

It is minus-6 in Kansas City on Jan. 7, 1996, and the Colts upset the Chiefs, who go 13-3 in the regular season. The Colts quarterback that day? Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers coach Sunday in Green Bay.


Fog Bowl, 1988

The NFC divisional playoff game between the Bears and Eagles at Soldier Field gets swallowed up by the fog starting in the second quarter. Visibility becomes a joke as players have trouble seeing the first down marker. The NFL lets sportswriters out of the press box and stand on the sidelines for a better view in the second half. The Bears win 20-12.


The Rainy Super Bowl, 2007

The downpour in Miami on Feb. 4, 2007, contributes to a total of eight turnovers in the Colts' 29-17 win against the Bears in Super Bowl XLI. Peyton Manning is MVP as he goes 25 of 38 for 247 yards and a touchdown. The game is also historic as it marks the first time that the Super Bowl has a black head coach, with Tony Dungy (Colts) and Lovie Smith (Bears).


Packers-49ers, 2014

It is 5 degrees at kickoff with a wind chill of minus-10 at kickoff Sunday at Lambeau Field. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chooses to go sleeveless on the field, but gets wrapped up nice and warm when he is on the sideline. Kaepernick throws 227 yards and runs for another 98, including an 11-yard scramble on a third-and-8 during the winning drive.

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