Sunday’s Seahawks-Vikings Matchup Could Crack Top Six Coldest Playoff Games Of All Time
Notice to Seattle Seahawks: Winter Is Coming.
How cold will it be at TCF Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, where the Seahawks meet the Vikings in a Wildcard playoff game? Let's go to Doppler radar video:
Here's the official weather forecast for the Minneapolis area:
Keep in mind that the above is the high forecast: it very well could be below zero for kickoff. So if you're laying out shekels on this game, I'd keep an eye on the weather.
To put this in proper perspective, a temperature of zero degrees would put this game among the top (bottom?) 10 coldest NFL games ever played, and among the top seven coldest playoff games. Here's the all-time list:
1. Minus-13 degrees: Dec. 31, 1967, Lambeau Field, "The Ice Bowl", NFL Championship, Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys.
2. Minus-9 degrees: Jan. 10, 1982, Riverfront Stadium, AFC Championship Game, Cincinnati Bengals vs. San Diego Chargers.
3. Minus-6 degrees: Jan. 7, 1996, Arrowhead Stadium, AFC playoff, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts.
4. Minus-5 degrees: Jan. 4, 1981, Cleveland Municipal Stadium, AFC playoff, Cleveland Browns vs. Oakland Raiders.
5. Minus-4 degrees: Jan. 20, 2008, Lambeau Field, NFC Championship Game, Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants.
6. Minus-2 degrees: Dec. 3, 1972, Metropolitan Stadium, Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears.
7. 0 degrees: Dec. 10, 1972, Metropolitan Stadium, Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers.
8. 0 degrees: Dec. 26, 1993, Lambeau Field, Green Bay Packers vs. Los Angeles Raiders.
9. 0 degrees: Jan. 15, 1994, Ralph Wilson Stadium, AFC Playoff, Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Raiders.
10. 2 degrees: Dec. 22, 1990, Lambeau Field, Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions.
The Seahawks won only one game this season playing outdoors in a cold-weather city, that being ... Minneapolis, in a 38-7 win over the Vikings. But it was a balmy 30 degrees that day.
According to SB Nation, Seattle has lost all of its previous three cold-weather games (temperature less than 32 degrees) and have not played a cold-weather game this season. Seattle is 2-9 overall in road playoff games, the last win coming against Washington in 2012, before losing at Atlanta the following week.
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