One Brewers fan, Jim Scharping, 53, of Madison, Wis., sported a jersey of Packers wide receiver Donald Driver on his way into the game, walking amidst a sea of Brewers gear.
"This used to be a Brett Favre jersey, but now I wear this one every week," Scharping said. "It's good luck."
Scharping grabbed his undershirt with his left hand and tugged up on the jersey with his right.
"But I've got a Brewers shirt underneath," he said.
Packers games have long been something of a religious experience for Wisconsin natives, as evidenced by the fact that season tickets have been sold out since 1960. More than 70,000 fans crowd into Lambeau Field each week to watch the Packers play their home games, and hundreds of thousands more watch on home. Few things in Wisconsin can be more galvanizing than a Packers game.
Missing one game, however, was a sacrifice that all around Miller Park were willing to make. Some, including Jeff Wheeler, 24, of Milwaukee, had long ago resigned themselves to that fate. Wheeler came Sunday armed with a green Brewers sweatshirt and a yellow Brewers hat -- Packers colors, yes, but he swears he didn't plan it.
"I missed last week's game, too," Wheeler said. "Hopefully, I'll miss next week's game, because that means that the Brewers won."
Remnants of Packers tailgates did make their way into the parking lots around Miller Park, with Packers chairs and coolers scattered around the pavement. Several fans tossed around a football, though their worries on this day rested intently with the Brewers.
The Packers, after all, were heavy favorites against the Falcons, while the Brewers -- on the wrong end of a 2-1 series deficit -- remained underdogs against the Phillies.
"I would watch both games if I could," Scharping said. "But I can't. I can deal with it as long as the Brewers win."