Snow Bowl (1985)

Snow Bowl

Lambeau Field, the site of the game
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TB 0000 0
GB 0777 21
Date December 1, 1985
Stadium Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Referee Ben Dreith
Attendance 19,856
TV in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Jim Hill and John Dockery

The Snow Bowl was a National Football League game played on December 1, 1985, between the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It is known for its heavy snow. Only 19,856 were in attendance, with over 36,000 "no-shows", the most in Packers history (though due to the game selling out well in advance, it was not blacked out on local television, nor has any Packers home game since 1973 been blacked out, with one exception, due to a sell-out streak dating back to the early 1960s).[1] About two thirds of the stadium was empty.[2] 12 inches of snow fell before the game and another four to five inches fell during the game.[3]

The game itself saw the Packers dominate the Buccaneers en route to a 21–0 victory.[4] Despite four turnovers, the Packers offense gained 512 total yards on 31 first downs, with the Buccaneers recording only 65 yards on 5 first downs.[5] Packers wide receiver James Lofton received passes totaling over 100 yards from quarterback Lynn Dickey by halftime.[4] Packers defensive end Alphonso Carreker sacked Buccaneers quarterback and future Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinee Steve Young a then team-record four times.[6] It was Young's second game in the league after he left the USFL.[4]

Game conditions

Green Bay wide receiver Preston Dennard described getting to the game,

"There was a big, heavy snow 4–5 inches on the ground. Roads in my neighborhood were packed—I couldn't get out.
"My neighbors came out of their houses and dug about an eighth of a mile so I could get out and go to the stadium; the main roads were plowed. There were about 20 people out there—I'll never, ever forget that."[6]

Tampa Bay wore their white "away" team jerseys, which were difficult to see during the whiteout conditions. Coaches and commentators had difficulty seeing the field. Between plays, grounds crew workers swept snow off the lines marking the field.[4]

Dennard described catching the football,

"I think it was pretty close to 20-below. It was snowing—you could barely see past 15 yards. All you knew is coming out of the mist of the snow and the white mist, you would see the ball come out of the white. You knew what the route was and you knew the direction of the ball."[6]

See also


  1. 1983 was the last time Packers fans had to deal with a blackout; by Ben Handelman; Fox 6 WITI; January 2, 2014;; Retrieved January 3, 2014
  2. Know how to dress for different weather conditions; Stephanie Brien; Green Bay Press Gazette; July 12, 2007; Retrieved March 26, 2008
  3. Bad weather Buccaneers; Denis Crawford;; Retrieved March 26, 2008
  4. 1 2 3 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 Green Bay Packers 21;; Retrieved March 27, 2008
  5. "1985 Green Bay Packers statistics". Pro Football Retrieved 2008-03-26.
  6. 1 2 3 Think it'll be cold in Green Bay today? It gets even more brutal in Buffalo; Rio Ranchero Observer; Gary Herron; Retrieved March 26, 2008
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