The 1967 National Football League Championship Game between the Western Conference champion Green Bay Packers and the Eastern Conference champion Dallas Cowboys was held at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on December 31, 1967. The winner of the game would meet the champion of the American Football League in Super Bowl II. The 1967 game was a rematch of the 1966 NFL title game; the Packers had won consecutive NFL Titles in 1965 and 1966. The game featured two future Hall of Fame coaches, Tom Landry for the Cowboys and Vince Lombardi for the Packers. Because of the adverse conditions in which the game was played, and its climactic finish, it has been immortalized as the Ice Bowl, one of the greatest games in NFL history.
The temperature at Lambeau Field was about −15 °F / −26 °C, with a wind chill around −48 °F / −44 °C. Lambeau Field's turf-heating system malfunctioned, and when the tarpaulin was removed from the field, it left moisture on the field, which flash-froze in the extreme cold, leaving an icy surface that got worse as more and more of the field fell into the shadow of the stadium. Some Dallas players believed that Lombardi had purposely removed power to the heating system.
Prior to the game, many of the Green Bay players were unable to start their cars in the freezing weather, forcing them to make alternate travel arrangements to the stadium. Linebacker Dave Robinson had to flag down a random passing motorist for a ride. The University of Wisconsin–La Crosse (then Wisconsin State University–La Crosse) Marching Chiefs band were scheduled to perform the pre-game and half-time shows. However, during warm-ups the mouthpieces of brass instruments froze to the players' lips; and seven members of the band were transported to local hospitals for hypothermia. As referee Norm Schachter blew his metal whistle for the kickoff, it froze to his lips. When he pulled the whistle from his lips, the skin ripped off and his lips began to bleed and instead of forming a scab, the blood simply froze to his lip. For the rest of the game, the officials used voice commands and calls to end plays and officiate the game.
Over a 60 year radio and television broadcasting career, Bill Mercer was perhaps the most versatile broadcaster of his era. His play-by play experience includes the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, and University of North Texas football and basketball. He is renowned for calling the famous “Ice Bowl” NFL championship game between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers in 1967 as well as the Cowboys first two Super Bowl appearances. His numerous awards include the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame Dallas and Press Club Living Legend of North Texas Journalism. But Bill’s enduring legacy will most likely come from his 40 years at the University of North Texas teaching and grooming generations of sports announcers. His former students include Craig Way, the Sports Voice of the University of Texas Longhorns, Dave Barnett, former television voice of the Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks, and Mark Followill, current TV voice of the Dallas Mavericks. Now retired from broadcasting and teaching, Bill is offering his vast experience in both fields to aspiring broadcasters seeking to improve their play by play skills and enhance their broadcasting careers.
Note: The first few minutes of the Third Quarter are missing. Apparently the engineers at KLIF in Dallas forgot to turn the tape recorder on after the second half.