Bart Starr, Ice Bowl, AP photo

Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr calls signals in bitter cold as he led the Packers to a 21-14 win over the Dallas Cowboys to capture a third consecutive National Football League title, Dec. 31, 1967, in Green Bay.

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Win: Packers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17 (NFL Championship)

Coldest ever game in NFL history.

Date: Dec. 31, 1967

Temperature: -13 degrees (wind chill: -48 degrees)

Stadium: Lambeau Field

Attendance: 50,861

Coach: Vince Lombardi

Starting QB: Bart Starr

Regular season record: 9-4-1, .692, 1st in NFC Central

Game notes: The legendary "Ice Bowl" is the coldest ever outdoor game in NFL history. The stadium's turf heating system failed due to the cold (although some say Lombardi turned it off). Performances by a marching band were canceled after the team noticed blood on a few of the musicians' faces. Game officials could not use whistles, because they froze. Packers fans in the front row repeatedly unplugged the Cowboys' heated benches. Several fans passed out from delayed reactions to alcohol upon warming up. One elderly man died of exposure.

Quarterback Bart Starr tossed two touchdown passes and scored the winning touchdown himself in a surprise play with seconds left in the game.

After that game, Lombardi's team went on to play in the AFL-NFL World Championship (Super Bowl II) on Jan. 14 in Miami. The Packers beat the Oakland Raiders 33-14. The temperature at the stadium was 68 degrees.

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