Arctic blast predicted to hit Kansas City this weekend

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The Patriots and Chiefs both won in cold weather last weekend. It is expected to be even colder for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.

The National Weather Service is forecasting an arctic blast to hit Kansas City, via the Associated Press.

Temperatures at kickoff could range from 10 degrees to zero. Arrowhead Stadium twice has hosted games where it was 1 degree at kickoff, including the Chiefs’ 2016 regular-season game against the Titans when the wind chill was minus-9.

It was 26 degrees at kickoff for the Patriots-Chargers game on Sunday, and 32 degrees at kickoff for the Chiefs-Colts game on Saturday. That sounds balmy compared to what the teams could face in the AFC title game.

Whatever the temperature is Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, though, it likely won’t break NFL records for either temperature or wind chill.’

The Packers beat the Cowboys in the 1967 NFL championship game, also known as the Ice Bowl, when the game-time temperature was 13-below zero.

The 1981 AFC Championship Game between the Bengals and the Chargers at Riverfront Stadium ranks as the coldest in terms of wind chill. The temperature was minus-9 degrees at kickoff, with a wind chill of minus-59.

40 responses to “Arctic blast predicted to hit Kansas City this weekend

  1. -13 is the coldest and considered an ice bowl? Canadian kids are outside playing hockey in that kind of weather on any day ending in y.

  2. Cue the conspiracy theories that Belichick has a weather machine if the Chiefs lose. In all seriousness I am looking forward to the games this weekend honestly the 2011-12 conference championships were the last where both games were epic. Usually one is a blowout.

  3. Haha I was out on Saturday here in beautiful Halifax Nova Scotia playing pond hockey in -15 Celsius!

    But both these teams have cold weather, should be a good old school battle. Can’t wait, which is the hardest part.

  4. Not sure who benefits most. A more sound NE defense or a more athletic KC offense?

    Brady/Edelman on short routes or Mahomes/Kelce.

    Tyreek more involved in the ground game or Michel on short passes.

    It all seems to matchup well. GOAT vs the new up and coming kid is an advantage for NE, as is coaching with all their SB/playoff experience.. KC seems a little hotter but never been there before, but KC gets NE at home.

    Hope it’s a great game and the winner takes it all.

  5. In 81 the Bengals linemen came out in short sleeves. Dan Fouts was too cold to throw the ball. Minus 59 wind chill.

  6. I chuckled when I read the headline. I can’t wait to watch this while I’m sitting in my warm living room.

  7. -13 is the coldest and considered an ice bowl? Canadian kids are outside playing hockey in that kind of weather on any day ending in y.
    -13 F is colder than -13C by a good bit.

    -13F is -25C.

    So there.

  8. There are heating elements below the field at arrowhead and the turf never gets below 30 degrees. Pats need a better excuse when they lose than cold

  9. The Chiefs have won the Super Bowl already. Crown them. It’s over. Why play the games? They have the Regular Season MVP. We don’t have to wait until the day before the Super Bowl to hear that. Just send the trophy over.

  10. The colder it gets, the more the Pats benefit. Mahomes is great—and untested. Let’s see how the kid plays when it’s -5 and the pressure of a chance to go to the Super Bowl.

    We already know how Brady responds in adverse conditions.

  11. The weather this weekend will benefit neither team. If one of the teams were the Colts, Bill Polian would be urged to come out of retirement so he can change the rules on cold weather.

  12. 41 year old QBs don’t perform well in very cold weather. I remember the 2008 NFCCG in Green Bay (-4 F) and seeing the old QB look like he couldn’t wait to get home to the south.

    If it is good and cold, I think we’re going see Brady look the same way. I’ll take the Mahomes kid because they can handle the cold better than an older body.

  13. If one assumes each of the 16 AFC teams has an equal chance of reaching the AFC championship game at the start of each season, dubious I know, the odds of the Patriots reaching it 8 times in a row would be 16.7 million to one.


  14. Bad news for you Chiefs fans.

    Single digit temps favor the Patriots big time. This years Patriots team is very well suited for winning in frigid temps. Patriots should be able to run all over the Chiefs soft run defense with Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead and even Patterson on some reverses/sweeps, especially with old school meat head fullback James Develin leading the way and elite blocking TE’s Gronk/Dwayne Allen chipping in. When the Patriots need to pass it, the short stuff to Edelman and James White will still be there.

    KC’s offense is more of a high flying/vertical attack, good luck trying that in the bitter cold.

    Patriots: 27
    Chiefs: 20

  15. atthemurph says:

    January 14, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    41 year old QBs don’t perform well in very cold weather.
    Brady is like no 41 year old QB we’ve ever seen. He’s also played his entire career in consistently cold New England. Brady and the Pats run heavy/short passing attack will be unaffected.

    Texas boy Mahomes has probably never played in weather this cold and likes to sling it deep. Weather here is undoubtedly in the Patriots favor.

    The brutal cold should keep the crowd quieter as well.

    Pats: 27
    Chiefs: 20

  16. kenberthiaume says:

    January 14, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Wonder if that kind of takes the crowd out of it. 10-15 degrees it’s a little hard to scream for 3 hours.

    Take the crowd out of it? Really? Its Arrowhead… and no, it doesn’t make it hard to scream for 3 hours.

  17. Brady:
    Freezing and below, 33-7 .825 (13-2 .867 playoffs)(8-3 .727 road)
    Undefeated below 20 degrees.

  18. Brady now has more postseason wins (28) than any other QB in NFL history has postseason starts (Peyton with 27.) Mind-boggling..
    He also has more playoff games with a 100.0 QB rating (16) than Peyton, Rodgers and Rivers combined.
    And this Sunday the Patriots will be underdogs for the first time since Sept. 20, 2015 (67 consecutive games as the favorite.)

  19. What really boggles the mind is that this game would have been in New England if the Patriots could have avoided the boneheaded last play against Miami. No worries. The year Patriot Dynasty 1.0 won their 3rd championship in 4 years they let 2-12 Miami come from 11 points back in the last 2 minutes and lost in Miami 29-28. This year Patriots Dynasty 2.0 will win its 3rd championship.

  20. jredshoes says:
    January 14, 2019 at 4:19 pm
    There are heating elements below the field at arrowhead and the turf never gets below 30 degrees. Pats need a better excuse when they lose than cold
    That’s so the ground doesn’t freeze, genius. Not stopping the cold air temp and wind chills, players aren’t laying down on the turf getting warm.

  21. You do know that the Pats have an indoor training facility that is temperature controlled right? That thing can simulate a -10 Buffalo game including wind chill (with enormous fans).

    They train specifically to build endurance to the cold weather situations. Even when it’s warm outside.

    Their strength and conditioning preparedness is unmatched across the league.

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