What About Dom? Packers joke with Capers about Ice Bowl

Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers was 17 when Bart Starr called a quarterback sneak to get into the end zone for the winning score to conclude a game that was played with a wind-chill temperature of minus-48 degrees Fahrenheit.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — At 64 years old, there’s a lot that Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers has seen that the players he coaches haven’t. One of the historical moments in Capers’ lifetime is the Ice Bowl from 1967.

With the Dallas Cowboys set to play against the Packers at Lambeau Field in the playoffs for the first time since that game, it was a topic brought up Monday to the team by head coach Mike McCarthy.

"It’s kind of a joke in our team meeting room," McCarthy said. "Any time there’s something that happened a long time ago, I’ll just say, ‘You know, none of us were born.’ And then everybody will go, ‘Well, what about Dom?’ I was just trying to get another, ‘What about Dom?’ It worked."

Capers was 17 when Bart Starr called a quarterback sneak to get into the end zone for the winning score to conclude a game that was played with a wind-chill temperature of minus-48 degrees Fahrenheit.

"Well, I remember watching the game," Capers said. "Coach made a comment about that in a team meeting today, and Aaron Rodgers asked me what’d I think of the Ice Bowl.  . . . I was the only one in the room that probably watched the game."

Watching the 1967 NFL Championship Game was likely not part of McCarthy’s plans that day.

"I’m sure I was in Pittsburgh; was 4 years old," McCarthy said. "I can’t tell you exactly what I was doing."

Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn grew up about 100 miles from Dallas, but the Ice Bowl isn’t a topic in that area like it is in Green Bay.

"Never heard about it until I got up here (to Green Bay)," Flynn said.

Wide receiver Jordy Nelson has seen portions of that game when it’s been replayed on television.

"Just more history of the Packers," Nelson said. "The great history that it has. Games that can become part of that history in the playoffs. Obviously two teams that are quote, unquote America’s team. Dallas has always claimed that, but I think the Packers are right there with them with what we’ve done over the years.

"It’s just part of the history of Green Bay and it’s an honor to be a part of it. Hopefully, we can add to it."

The expected temperature for Sunday’s 12:05 p.m. CT kickoff is around 15 degrees. Cold, but not exactly Ice Bowl II cold.

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