Since the last seconds ticked off the clock in the Cowboys-Giants game on Sunday, I’ve been downright giddy thinking about the conference championships for one reason and one reason only; they both are going to be played outside in the cold, and hopefully the snow.
The Weather Channel forecasts Foxboro to have an expected high of 24 degrees and a low of 7 degrees on Sunday, with strong west-northwest winds of 22 miles per hour.
Green Bay at kickoff? Somewhere between 1-4 degrees with a 30% chance of snow. (This is warmer then yesterday, when it was forecasted to be -4 degrees for the low.)
According to The Weather Channel’s shaky analysis (the stats for games played indoors vs outdoors for each team seem to be incomplete) the cold does favor one team more than the other three. And it is not Green Bay.
The most favorable weather conditions for the New England Patriots are games with winds 15 mph or less, without precipitation and temperatures between 30 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
The most favorable weather conditions for the Chargers/Giants/Packers are games with winds 15 mph or less, without precipitation and temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
So let’s take a moment to celebrate the weather. The snow, the cold, the outdoors.
Come Super Bowl time, we’re stuck with a boring, old dome.
Green Bay vs Seattle, 2008
Raiders-Pats, 2002 (The Tuck Rule Game. I cannot bring myself to post the picture of the of that moment, but watching that game with my fellow Steelers fans back in Pittsburgh snowed in at Saloon waiting to see who we’d play the next week is possibly one of my fondest football memories.)
Infamous Snow Plow Game, Dolphins-Pats 1982
Pats Fans, 2003
Cowboys-Dolphins, Thanksgiving 1993
Eagles-Bears Fog Bowl, 1988 (Which is just like every Super Bowl game post-halftime fireworks.)