Morgan Burnett was only a freshman at Georgia Tech when the Green Bay Packers reeled off a 42-20 win over Seattle on a snowy evening on Jan. 13, 2008.
Although Burnett didn’t watch the game live, those fleeting images after the game with all of its snow-covered grandeur sparked a memory that Burnett hasn’t forgotten.
It was the last game the Packers ever won with Brett Favre at quarterback and it came during a game in which the field was painted almost entirely white with snow flakes.
Born in East Point, Ga., Burnett didn’t see many scenarios like that during his childhood football career, but anytime there was even the smallest of flurries, he and his friends would quickly gathering with his friends to sneak a game in.
Now a third-year safety for the Packers, Burnett could get a similiar chance at creating memories today at Lambeau Field as consistent snow throughout the day is expected to accumulate anywhere from 3 to 6 inches for tonight’s game against the Detroit Lions.
The possible snowfall undoubtedly changes the makeup of the game, especially from a passing prospective, but Burnett is looking forward to the challenge if the forecast plays out.
“Rain, sleet or snow, you have to go out there and play,” Packers safety Morgan Burnett said. “If it snows, it’s to the defense’s advantage because the offense has to do a great job of protecting the job. In snow and cold weather, it seems like that ball could slip out a little easier. Just have to go out there, toughen up and play.”
Burnett likened the experience to being a little kid again, but the game holds a lot of meaning as the 4-8 Lions aim to finish their season respectably while the Packers look to gain some distance from the rest of the NFC North Division.
Although there have been some questions about how the current collection of Packers and their philosophies hold up in wintery conditions, Packers coach Mike McCarthy is embracing the added dimension.
The team practiced outside this week with temperatures expected in the 30s today and also brought in running back Ryan Grant to help the running game, which lost James Starks to a knee injury following last week’s 23-14 win over Minnesota.
“Well, we live in Green Bay, Wisconsin, so snow’s going to happen,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “I hope it does snow. I think it’d be great. It’s a great setting. Personally, I think snow’s fun to play in, so I think our players will enjoy it.”