On the heels of a dramatic victory in Dallas, the Packers should have been riding high back to Green Bay -- if only they could leave the stadium.
A tornado warning across the North Texas area forced fans, reporters and both the Packers and Cowboys to remain in AT&T Stadium for at least an hour after the thrilling Division Round game had concluded. Green Bay's buses were held until 8:45 p.m. CT because of potential flash floods as well.
Dallas' star rookies, fresh off their first postseason defeat, resorted to the same strategy as everyone else left in the stadium: Seek shelter.
NFL Network's Jane Slater reports that the tornado ultimately tracked northeast of the stadium, but a second band of heavy rains and 50-60 mph winds led to the stadium staff allowing people to leave "at their own risk". Among those who finally got out were owner Jerry Jones and New Jersey governor and Cowboys fan Chris Christie, who left around 9 p.m. CT.