The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers fell short on Sunday of breaking the record for coldest game ever played at Soldier Field, but the official game-time temperature of 11 degrees still ranks among the city’s chilliest football days.
The wind chill at kickoff was minus-4 degrees, with winds of 12 mph.
The coldest game (wind chill notwithstanding) in the stadium¡¯s history remains the 2008 meeting between the Bears and Packers when the temperature plummeted to 2 degrees. The NFC North rivals also battled in 3-degree weather in 1983. The Bears won both games.
¡°You don¡¯t get used to it; you just deal with it,¡± Bears coach John Fox said. ¡°Both teams have to deal with; that¡¯s always been the case in my experience with cold-weather games. We¡¯ve had the guys out there a couple days in it just to prepare — what they¡¯re going to wear as far as footwear, upper wear — just so it¡¯s not a shock for them even in pregame.
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¡°The actuality is I¡¯ve been in situations where you¡¯re only able to deal with it in pregame, when you¡¯re the road team and you¡¯re going from warm weather to cold weather. But it comes down to mental toughness, and you do your best to be weatherproof.¡±
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In a text to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Jenkins said, “I’m good. I’m fine.” A source told Anderson that Jenkins was having further testing on his back to confirm that he did not have a compression fracture, as well as evaluations for internal injuries.
Veteran Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie stepped into Jenkins’ spot on the outside. Rodgers-Cromartie had been playing in the slot.
Jenkins has been one of the Giants’ best and most consistent players this season after signing a lucrative free-agent contract during the offseason. The Giants have used him to shadow the opponent’s No. 1 wide receiver. Jenkins has held Antonio Brown, A.J. Green and Dez Bryant (twice) well under 100 yards receiving this season.
Bryant had two catches for 18 yards combined in the Dallas Cowboys’ two games against Jenkins and the Giants.
Jenkins was tied for second in the NFL entering Sunday with 17 passes defended. He also has three interceptions.