How cold is the playoff?
This could be one of the worst weather weekends ever for the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs
From a possible snow storm in Buffalo to single-digit temperatures in Kansas City to thunderstorms in Tampa and more, the Wild Card Weekend forecast in itself is truly astonishing.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins have weathered many storms throughout the regular season, from injuries to inconsistent play, but on Saturday, both teams will have to weather another set of circumstances during their playoff weekend.
Both the Chiefs and Dolphins will have to contend with “dangerously cold temperatures” during Saturday night’s NFL playoff game in Kansas City, Missouri, where the high of 8 degrees will be long gone by the time the teams start the clock. 8 PM ET.
“No one likes to be cold, so that’s why we have temperature control,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said Thursday.
Well, unfortunately for everyone, there is no climate control at open-dome Arrowhead Stadium, where temperatures aren’t the only thing dropping — ticket prices have dropped as low as $38 per ticket due to the frigid forecast.
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The irony is that the Dolphins could have been preparing for a first-round game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., where temperatures are expected to reach 80 degrees on Saturday, if they defeated the Buffalo Bills in Week 18 and clinched home advantage and a division title. East Asia.
Instead, the Dolphins will fight to stay in the playoffs as the sixth seed in conditions that will set a record for the coldest game in Dolphins history. Despite being at home, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said his team “can’t rely on” the weather giving them an advantage: “Cold is cold for you and me.”
Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s forecast:
How cold is the Chiefs-Dolphins matchup?
As of Friday evening, the temperature for Saturday’s game between the Dolphins and Chiefs is expected to reach minus 1 degree with the wind chill making it feel like minus 22 degrees.
There is a “slight chance of snow” between 9am and 3pm before Saturday’s contest, according to the National Weather Service. By Saturday night, the temperature is expected to drop to minus 4 degrees with winds of 16-20 mph and gusts of up to 30 mph. The cold wind warning is in effect until Tuesday.
What is the coolest dolphin game ever?
The coldest game in Dolphins history coincidentally occurred against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Dec. 21, 2008, when the temperature was 10 degrees with a wind chill of minus 12 degrees, according to Pro Football Reference. The Dolphins won 38-31.
Saturday’s contest is expected to set a new record for the coldest game in Dolphins history.
How do the Dolphins fare in cold weather games?
The Dolphins have found themselves on the short end of the cold weather stick. The Dolphins have lost their last 10 games when the temperature was 40 degrees or below by an average margin of 17 points, according to the Associated Press.
Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, a Hawaii native who played his college career at Alabama, said he has never been exposed to temperatures “below 15 degrees.” When asked how he prepared for this week, Tagovailoa said frankly: “You can’t prepare for a game like this in this type of weather. So it’s going to be a new game.”
The Dolphins can count on the knowledge of receiver Tyreek Hill, who called Arrowhead Stadium his home for six seasons when he was part of the Chiefs from 2016-2021. Saturday will mark Hill’s first time back in Kansas City since he was traded by the franchise to Miami in March 2022.
“It’s a mentality. I feel like if you think it’s going to be cold, you’re going to freeze (your butt off). But if you go into this game without thinking about any of that, you’re going to be fine.” “I played there and I understand the conditions,” Hill said. So I’m not worried at all. I’m going out there sleeveless. “I’ll tell the rest of the guys…if these guys when they see you’re wearing sleeves, obviously they’re going to think you’re soft.”
What’s the coolest Chiefs game ever?
The coldest game in Chiefs history at Arrowhead Stadium occurred in Kansas City’s 48-17 win over the Denver Broncos on Dec. 18, 1983, when the temperature was 1 degree with a wind chill of -19 degrees, according to Pro Football Reference.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said he was “excited” about the subzero temperatures on Saturday: “What could be better. Playing football in January at Arrowhead Stadium is going to be cold. It is what it is… That adrenaline rush gives you that warmth that “You feel it.” “We strive and you have heaters on the sidelines. People make it a big deal, but at the end of the day, you just have to go out and play football.”
What is the coldest game in NFL playoff history?
“The Ice Bowl,” the NFC Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field on December 31, 1967, was the coldest game in NFL history, recording a temperature of negative 13 degrees with wind chills of Its temperature is minus 48 degrees. .