The Green Bay Packers' game plan, which didn't factor in a weather report, called for Lynn Dickey to pass as much as he could today against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He did. He threw through a snowstorm with winds gusting to 40 mph for 299 yards and a 21-0 victory.
"More than amazing," teammate Greg Koch said.
Ten inches of snow was cleared from the tarp before it was removed, then five more inches fell during the game. It snowed so hard that game officials and team captains had trouble finding the coin they flipped before kickoff. Not since the title game on Jan. 2, 1966, had so much snow fallen on the day of a game here.
Today's turnout, 19,856, was the smallest since Lambeau Field opened in 1957. There were 36,586 no shows and 485 tickets unsold.
After completing 22 of 36 passes, Dickey said that, "You've got to accept" the weather. "It isn't going to get any better. Just grip the ball tight and throw the best you can."
Last season in Denver, he passed 371 yards in a snowstorm. Today his one-yard scramble in the second quarter broke a scoreless tie. Gerry Ellis, who totaled 101 rushing yards, ran 35 snowy yards on the first series of the second half for the second touchdown. His 40-yard kickoff return set it up.
"It was 85 degrees in Tampa, and they come up here and the snow's blowing," he said. "It's kind of an advantage for us."
But Coach Leeman Bennett of the Buccaneers said that, "If the weather conditions hadn't been this bad, we would have been beaten much worse." His quarterback, Steve Young, passed for only 11 yards and was sacked five times.