Frozen In Time

Photographer Simon Bruty braved the conditions at Lambeau for 49ers-Packers to capture another postseason classic on the frozen tundra

Emily Kaplan
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Photographs by Simon Bruty | Sports Illustrated/The MMQB

After 11 hours of flight cancellations and delays, Sports Illustrated photographer Simon Bruty arrived in Milwaukee at 11 p.m. on Saturday to discover that the airline misrouted his luggage. That was going to be a problem. Bruty, assigned to cover Sunday’s NFC Wild Card game at Lambeau Field, desperately needed his suitcase, which was stuffed with winter clothes.

Bruty has covered bitterly cold games before (see: 2008 NFC Championship in Green Bay, where gametime temp was minus-1).

“When it gets cold like that, it’s just a question of, are you prepared,” Bruty said.

As long as there is no snow—as there was in the Week 14 whiteout between the Eagles and Lions—and he is wearing enough warm clothes, Bruty can shoot just fine. “[Colleague] Al Tielemans had it way worse in that Philly game because visibility was a problem,” Bruty said.

Luckily, Bruty’s luggage arrived Sunday morning. After a pit stop at the airport, followed by bundling up (three layers under his down jacket; hand warmers nestled in his gloves and boots) he “felt toasty” the entire game.

The only encumbrance was the weather’s toll on Bruty’s camera. Batteries tend to drain quickly in the cold.  But Bruty, a 29-year veteran, kept spare batteries inside his jacket, alongside handwarmers for several seamless switches.

As for his favorite shot? Bruty doesn’t know; as of Monday afternoon he hadn’t yet seen his take. “When I was shooting I didn’t want to scroll through the camera because it would drain the battery,” he said. “And since then I’ve spent all my energy warming up.”

He’ll have to trust us on this one: The pictures turned out pretty well.

Andy Langdell
Andy Langdell

Nice shots, do you have a site or somewhere I can download (or buy?) some of these?


jeremiesmith77....My browser is through a MacbookPro. My point is if you are going to build a website test the thing for compatability flaws. Not everyone wants or uses 'windows' stuff.


Nice work by photographer Simon Bruty.The story told by these images—from the larger-than-life statue of Vince Lombardi, to Davon House’s attempt to block Phil Dawson’s winning field goal–is no less informative than any of the commentary pieces or videos about that NFC wild-card game.I’m reminded of the adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”


The page is fine, it is your browser.  This article is begging for a link to some of the photographer's pictures from the game.


adjust...readjust...wait menu bar is listed across picture....scroll down. Wait lost picture. Scroll up ...wait no picture. 

Picture reappears click on next picture. Wait menu bar is listed across picture. Did i mention it the same picture (1)

i'm using safari browser and this website is run by the same losers setting up the health care plan. Whom ever is the low bidder needs to find a new job. The writers deserve better. and you are defacing and distracting from their work.

Thank you Peter, Greg, Jenny and Robert for the read but the presentation needs 911.

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