Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones celebrates a sack during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers fans still bring it

It’s going to be cold this coming Sunday in Green Bay, Wisconsin, when the 3-9 eliminated-from-the-playoffs Atlanta Falcons invade Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers.

It’s time the Green Bay Packers show them as cold of a welcome as the air temperature.

And while head coach Mike McCarthy isn’t about to admit that his team will have a definite home field advantage, he does so for good reason – the Packers have lost two and tied one of their last three games on the hallowed frozen tundra.

So, if the Packers’ head man isn’t about to admit that there’s something unique about playing at Lambeau Field in December, then it’s time the devoted fans convince him. While the Falcons have returned tickets to Green Bay and the Falcons’ fans have opted to stay in their southern homes, it’s time for Packers fans to show up at Lambeau and show up their opponent’s supporters.

Yes, it will be cold; yes, the Packers are 5-6-1; yes, there are tons of tickets available at the lowest prices in a long time – if not ever.

That’s all the better.

Lambeau is sure to be full once again and as long as the Packers score some points, it’s bound to be rocking. And while there will be an amped up atmosphere if Aaron Rodgers makes it back on the field, we have to be ready for the probability that he won’t. So whoever is under center – Rodgers, Matt Flynn, or Scott Tolzien – Packers fans have to be Packers fans … heck, John Kuhn could be under center and I would expect fans to give their best.

With my attempt at pumping up Packers Nation, I’ll let the video I took on the floor of Lambeau Field back on Nov. 4 when the Packers played the Philadelphia Eagles speak for me. The play is a third down sack by rookie Datone Jones, but what I want you to do is turn up the volume and listen to the crowd reaction before, during and after the play.

That’s what being a Packers fan is all about. I can tell you the hair on the back of my neck was standing on end. This is what we need to get back to …


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