Oh boy, it doesn’t get any better than this. January at Lambeau Field with snow flurries and football for the NFC Championship. The Green Bay Packers released a new video on their Twitter account that gives us the first glimpse of what will be some gnarly weather conditions at Lambeau Field this afternoon.
“Home Sweet Home,” the Green Bay Packers say in the video as snow flurries fall from the heavens. That certainly is the weather that Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have grown accustomed to playing at home in these winter months. Green Bay’s Lambeau Field has grown a notorious reputation for its vicious winds and bitter cold. This should prove to be home field advantage at its finest in this 2021 NFC Championship.
Can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Step Into the Freezer?
There truly could not be more polar opposites between Green Bay and their NFC Championship opponent, Tampa Bay. Not necessarily in playing style, but in geographical location and in climate. These sub-freezing temperatures will present the coldest game the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have played in all season.
With that said, Tampa Bay has several seasoned vets who have mastered the cold on their team. For starters, the future Hall-of-Famer quarterback Tom Brady made his living in the cold up in Foxboro. Brady played for 20 years with the New England Patriots, and did so better than anyone else in the league. In fact, Tom Brady has had a stranglehold on the NFL since he took the starting job. While this will be his first appearance in an NFC Championship, he already has six Super Bowl rings and 9 Super Bowl appearances. So, yeah, Brady can deal with a little cold weather.
Beyond that, several other players on the Buccaneers roster came from the far north before Tampa. Rob Gronkowski, for example, joined Tom Brady in Tampa after several years together in New England. Ndamukong Suh also came from up north as he played in the early years of his career in Detroit. While this NFC Championship game will certainly be an adjustment for the warm weather Bucs, do not expect it to break them.
NFC Championship Preview
The Green Bay Packers will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field at 3:05 ET for the NFC Championship game. Coming into the playoffs, the Packers held the number one seed of the NFC while the Bucs held the number five. This gave Green Bay home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The two teams faced off once in the regular season resulting in an absolute beatdown of the Packers by the Bucs. The Buccaneers walked away with a 38-10 victory and held Aaron Rodgers to only 160 yards through the air. They also picked off the MVP frontrunner twice and did not give up any touchdowns. Tom Brady, however, walked away with 166 yards and two touchdowns.
While the passing yards looked similar, the outcome showed two vastly different teams. That game occurred at the Buccaneers home stadium while the NFC Championship will go down on the Packers home turf. Given the weather conditions today, that could be the difference.