Two teams that are a vital part of the NFL’s history meet on an historic field today. If all is right with the world, the Browns will wear white, the Packers their green and gold as the two teams play in Lambeau Field.
The game brings back memories of the 1965 NFL Championship Game in Green Bay, when the Browns' bus took two hours to get from Appleton, Wis., to Green Bay because of overnight sleet and snow.
The Browns were coming off their '64 title-game win over Baltimore, and could have had back-to-back championships. Instead they arrived late and didn't have time for their usual warm-ups.
A muddy field and bad conditions favored the Packers, who went on to win. The history of the Browns changed forever after that loss because it was Jim Brown’s last game with the team. In the offseason he retired while filming "The Dirty Dozen" in Europe.
It was the first of Green Bay's three titles in a row.
The Browns are still looking for their first Super Bowl appearance.
We head into today’s 4:25 p.m. kick with this selection of statements from the team in the week leading up to the game.
Safety Tashaun Gipson on the respect the Browns have for Aaron Rodgers: “I have nothing but great respect for him. ... The guy can make every throw in the book and he can put them on a dime. We're excited about the opportunity. To be the best you have to beat the best.”
Defensive coordinator Ray Horton on Rodgers: “Is he the best quarterback in the prime of his career? I’d have to say, yes, he probably is.”
Linebacker Paul Kruger on Rodgers: "He's just an all-around good guy."
Offensive coordinator Norv Turner, on whether he has thought of playing Jason Campbell, said it’s Rob Chudzinski’s decision and added: “I don’t think anyone at halftime [a week ago] would have said, ‘Let’s see how Jason can do in the second half.’ That temptation isn’t there for me.”
Horton on the defense’s third-down struggles, especially in the second half: “I keep saying it’s us. It’s not the other team. It’s not the opponent. Nobody’s not shocking us by coming out and running some revolutionary new offense. It really comes down to us. And that’s what we’re focusing on is us being more focused on our details. “
Quarterback Brandon Weeden: “Winning is a cure all. If you can win games that cures everything. I need to do my part.”
Wisconsin native Joe Thomas on Lambeau: “Nothing really compares. It’s really like a family, community atmosphere. It’s been renovated but it’s the same stadium it’s been forever.”