With temperatures in Green Bay dipping as low as 17 degrees on Sunday, Eddie Lacy had to fight through an asthma attack during the Packers' 26-21 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC divisional playoffs.
Lacy finished with 19 carries for 101 yards, but he was forced to the sideline for a portion of the second quarter due to the asthma attack, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He ran the ball on seven of Green Bay's first eight plays, gaining 45 yards in the process as the Packers drove 60 yards for a touchdown.
After the Cowboys tied the game at 7-7, backup running back James Starks came in for Lacy on the Packers' first drive of the second quarter. Lacy had told running backs coach Sam Gash he couldn't breathe.
"You know your body is good enough to go out and play," said Lacy. "But ... you just can't breathe. And it's a breathing thing. It's not something you want to go out and risk...risk something bad happening. There's nothing I can do about it. It's a medical condition. I take my inhaler, I do everything I'm supposed to do. When it happens, it happens."
Lacy returned on the next drive and rushed just twice for three yards.
The Packers will face the Seahawks in Seattle next Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.
- Mike Fiammetta