LA Rams game day primer: NFL Playoffs Divisional Round shocker
By Bret Stuter
Whether the weather will play a factor?
The Saturday afternoon weather for Green Bay Wisconsin is currently forecast to be mostly cloudy throughout the day, with a daytime high projected no more than the upper 30’s. Morning snow showers and winds of up to 15 miles-per-hour out of the Northwest will give way to mostly cloudy skies by midday. After the sun sets about an hour after kickoff, temperatures will fall gradually, nearing the freezing mark by the team the gun sounds.
There has a great deal of buzz over just how much of a factor the weather will play in this one. In all honesty, it shouldn’t be much of a factor at all. The icebox reputation of playing in Lambeau Field in the NFL Playoffs was well deserved but occurred 50 years ago at the infamous Ice Bowl, the 1967 NFL Championship Game between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. I have been in sub-zero temperatures, and it is unlike any experience you will ever have, just like this video about that game, states.
The gloves are … going on?
The game time temperatures for this one will remain above freezing. One positive factor for the weather is the fact that it has prompted starting quarterback Jared Goff to don gloves for this one. While we featured the decision to do so in a separate article, the addition of gloves to Goff’s hands could be a significant factor in this game.
Thanks to the improvements in adherence media used on football gloves, they significantly improve a quarterback’s ability to grip the football, particularly when throwing short and medium ranged passes. Those are Goff’s bread-and-butter passes, and any improvements in accuracy are certainly a plus. If Goff has a good day throwing the ball, the Rams will have a good day at the end of the game.