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鈥?The Ice Bowl on Dec. 31 Evan Bouchard Oilers Jersey , 1967, became one of the games that defined the NFL, a contest between the Cowboys and Packers played on the tundra in Green Bay.The winner went to the second Super Bowl against the Oakland Raiders, but a bigger accomplishment may have been simply surviving the conditions that seemed unbearable.The temperature at game time was 15 below zero, with wind chill in today’s calculations at minus-48.Fifty years later, players from the Packers and Cowboys still shiver from memories of the bitter cold of a game that would become known as the Ice Bowl.Here is the story published by The Associated Press after the game, presented as published Jan. 1, 1968, by The Greenville News of South Carolina.GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) 鈥?Conservative Vince Lombardi gambled and won Sunday with 13 seconds left by going for the winning touchdown on a Bart Starr keeper instead of a tying field goal for a 21-17 Green Bay victory over Dallas in blue 13-below-zero Eskimo weather.“The whole world loves a gambler, but not when he loses,” said Coach Lombardi after his Packers had won an unprecedented third straight National Football League playoff title.“We were out of time outs. I had the field goal team warming up. They would have gone in on the next play. But I don’t know if we would have had time to send them in,” he said.Quarterback Bart Starr, who said, “We ran out of ideas,” made the gamble pay off by scoring from the one on third down behind the blocking of Jerry Kramer.“We were stumped for something to do. Kramer made a great block on Jethro Pugh,” he said.The veteran Starr had thrown two touchdown passes in the first half, but the “Doomsday Defense” of the aroused Cowboys had dumped him eight times for 76 yards in losses.Dallas used two Green Bay fumbles to draw close with a touchdown and field goal and had gone ahead on the first play of the last quarter on a 50-yard option pass from halfback Dan Reeves to Lance Rentzel.“I didn’t figure all those people up there in the stands could take the cold for an overtime game,” said Lombardi with a grin. “You can’t say I’m always without compassion.”Both Starr and Lombardi praised the work of Donny Anderson and Chuck Mercein, who caught important passes and made crucial gains in the game winning, 68-yard march.The Dallas Cowboys Authentic Su'a Cravens Jersey , still carrying the memories of a heart breaking 34-27 defeat last New Year’s Day, almost made the fierce cold pay off for them in Packer fumbles. But it wasn’t enough.“Minus 13,” said Don Meredith, quarterback for the Cowboys. “You just can’t do things you want to do in weather like this.”The Cowboy defense did things it wanted to do, manhandling Starr. George Andrie was a one-man gang, and Bob Lilly Pugh and Willie Townes all had a hand as well as linebackers Chuck Howley and Dave Edwards.In the final analysis, it was the same old Packers, moving when they had to.“This is what the Packers are all about,” said Lombardi. “What we did in the last two minutes 鈥?they don’t do it for individual glory, they do it because they respect each other and have a feeling for the other fellow.”Starr’s two touchdown passes to Boyd Dowler had built up an early 14-0 lead for the favored Packers in the frigid cold of 13 below zero weather. But Dallas struck back by turning two fumbles into a touchdown and a field goal and then took the lead in the final period on a 50-yard option pass from Reeves to Rentzel.In the dramatic final seconds, the Packers pulled it out for Lombardi, and moved into the Jan. 14 Super Bowl game at Miami against the American Football League champion Oakland Raiders.Trailing 17-14 with 4:54 to go, Starr took the Packers 68 yards in 12 plays, and at last crashed over for the winner after two smashes by Anderson failed to move the ball. It was third and one when Starr took matters into his own hands.Spuring a field goal attempt that might have sent the game into sudden death overtime, Starr and Lombardi elected to go for the win.“It was a question of the team knowing what they had to do with time running out,” Lombardi said. “They arrived.”Hundreds of the sellout crowd of 50,861 surged onto the playing surface after Starr smashed home for the big touchdown that could be worth $27,500 for each Packer.When the game ended two plays later, the half frozen spectators in the gaily colored ski gear, red hunting coats and blue and yellow parkas attacked the metal goal posts and finally twisted them to the ground.It was the second heart breaking defeat for Coach Tom Landry and his Cowboys in two NFL title games for they had lost last New Year’s Day in the Cotton Bowl 34-27 when a desperate last-down pass by Meredith was intercepted by Tom Brown.Time after time, the aroused Dallas defenders smeared Starr Cordy Glenn Jersey Elite , tossing him eight times for losses of 76 yards as he attempted to de-ice his throwing arm and get off a pass.It seemed that the Cowboys, who appeared on the way out of the game when the Packers ran up an early 14-0 lead, had gained the momentum to take the first title to Dallas.A fumble by Starr after he was hit by Townes was scooped up by defensive end Andrie, who rumbled the final seven yards for a Dallas touchdown late in the second period.Just before halftime, another Packer misplay gave the Cowboys a chance to close the gap. This time, it was safety Willie Wood fumbling the ball while attempting a fair catch. Rookie defensive back Phil Clark recovered from Dallas on the Packers’ 17.On fourth and six, Danny Villanueva connected with a 21-yard field goal.Instead of a romp, Green Bay suddenly found itself in a dog fight, betrayed by the bitter Packer weather on the coldest Dec. 31 in the history of the local Weather Bureau.Held to 42 yards in the first half, Dallas began to move the ball in the third per When Saints rookie receiver Tre'Quan Smith picked his jersey number, he had a choice between 10 or 18.

The number 10 held no personal significance to Smith previously, but he knew it meant something to fans in New Orleans.

Brandin Cooks, the Saints' first-round choice in 2014, wore that number until he was traded to New England in 2017. So Smith, never shy about discussing his own high standards, went with that.

"It meant a lot, what he did on the field when he was here," Smith said of Cooks, who had two 1,000-yard seasons in New Orleans and is now with the Los Angeles Rams.

"It just boosts the expectations of like, what I have to do. Because I know the guy who wore it before me Logan Cooke Jersey Elite , he was a great player. So, I want to be a great player."

The 6-foot-2 Smith is one of two receivers who could grow into significant roles in New Orleans' passing game. The other is Cameron Meredith, a free-agent acquisition who led Chicago in receiving two seasons ago before missing all of last season with a knee injury.

Smith unabashedly endorses the notion that he was one of the steals of last spring's draft when he was selected in the third round 鈥?91st overall 鈥?out of Central Florida.

Saints receivers coach Curtis Johnson said the 6-3 Meredith has the ability to give the Saints some of what they lost when the franchise's career receiving leader, Marques Colston, retired after the 2015 season.

"When you talk about red zone and third down, one thing you want to do is you want to have length" on the field, said Johnson, who also was Meredith's position coach in Chicago two seasons ago. "He has the skills to separate in small spaces. For big guys, that's tough."

Johnson said Meredith can play out wide, but is particularly adept at executing "seam" routes down the middle of the field as a slot receiver, particularly against smaller defensive backs.

"There's a lot of small DBs in the league, and you love to see him match up with small guys, especially in the slot," Johnson said.

Last season, Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn were the most productive members of New Orleans' receiving group; Thomas had 1,245 yards and five touchdown catches, while Ginn had 787 yards and four TDs receiving.

Both are back. But if Meredith returns to his form of 2016 鈥?888 yards, four TDs 鈥?and Smith develops quickly, quarterback Drew Brees could find it easier to punish defenses for shading coverage toward a particular side of the field, or a particular receiver.

Smith missed a number of offseason practices with a hamstring injury, but was able to take part in summer workouts Brees hosted in California.

Since camp opened Lions Da'Shawn Hand Jersey , Smith periodically has been working with the first-team offense, and Brees has connected with him deep downfield already.

"He can run," Saints coach Sean Payton said, but offered only measured praise beyond that.

"He's making some good plays and then all of a sudden he's having a few plays that he's got to correct," Payton said. "His stance and start still need work, but (it's) something he's been focused on."

Meredith had reconstructive knee surgery a little less than a year ago. He'd been easing his way back into on-field work during the offseason. Coaches are still monitoring his snap count during camp, but when he is on the field, he appears to run routes without limitations.

"I'm out here practicing and felt good, so that's a good sign," Meredith said, adding that the opportunity to work with Brees is "amazing."

"He's such a leader," Meredith said, specifying that he has picked up on elements of Brees' preparation and work ethic that other players can adopt, regardless of the position they play. "He's very detailed about everything."

Johnson calls Meredith "smart beyond his years," explaining that the fourth-year pro "hasn't played much, but he's mature ... and having Drew on his side is awesome."

Even before Meredith got back on the field, he appeared to have made a good impression on Brees.

"I like talking to him. I like his attitude. I like what I've seen from his prior film. I like his size and his strength," Brees said earlier this offseason. "He fits the system well and I think we're going to be able to do a lot of things with him."

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