Playoff game against the Vikings may be coldest yet for the Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks could set a record on Sunday before the first possession of the game.
Forecasts call for a high of zero and a low of minus-10. If that stays true when the Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings step onto the field at 10:05 a.m., it will be the coldest game in Seahawks’ history.
According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, the coldest it has been during a Seahawks game is 13 degrees. That was 1992, when the team faced the Denver Broncos for a 4 p.m. matchup at Mile High Stadium.
The Hawks didn’t fare well during that low-scoring affair in 1992. Seahawks kicker John Kasay was the only player to put points on the board with two field goals. The Broncos did better, but not by much, scoring 10 points.
But was weather a factor? Maybe. The Seahawks went 2-14 that year, so it may have been more than cold hands that ruined their chances.
That also wasn’t the coldest game in NFL history. According to the National Weather Service, the coldest game in NFL history was the 1967 Ice Bowl between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers. That frigid contest for the NFC Championship was minus-13. The second coldest came when the San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals met during the minus-9 Freezer Bowl in 1982.
One interesting note: 15 of the coldest games hosted by an NFC North division team involved the Vikings, according to the Weather Service. Those games included a minus-2 day against the Chicago Bears in 1972.