The Buffalo Payments’ wild-card playoff sport in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers scheduled for Sunday was moved to Monday amid a forecast for harmful winter climate, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul introduced Saturday.
Hochul mentioned she began speaking with the NFL on Thursday about the opportunity of having to reschedule the sport. From her hometown of Buffalo, she closed her information convention by saying, “Go, Payments.”
The NFL and Payments issued an announcement citing “public security issues” as the rationale to push again the sport by a day.
The forecast for the Buffalo space referred to as for heavy snow and winds gusting as excessive as 105 kilometres per hour Saturday, with 30 to 60 centimetres or extra of snow finally piling up. The Nationwide Climate Service issued a winter storm warning lasting by way of 7 a.m. Monday, saying “journey can be very tough to not possible at occasions,” with the mix of snow and really sturdy wind inflicting near-zero visibility.
A lot of the storm was anticipated to be concentrated in a slender band of lake-effect snow hovering over Buffalo’s southern suburbs, which incorporates the Payments’ dwelling in Orchard Park.
The Steelers have pushed again their journey plans and can now head to Buffalo on Sunday.
The Payments are accustomed to weather-related schedule adjustments. In 2022, a lake-effect storm led to Buffalo’s dwelling sport in opposition to Cleveland being moved to Detroit in November. A month later, a large blizzard pressured the Payments to delay their journey dwelling, forcing them to remain in a single day in Chicago on Christmas Eve.
Chiefs, Dolphins set for frigid temperatures
The hometown Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and Miami Dolphins had been set to play one of many coldest video games in NFL historical past on Saturday night time, but that did not cease lots of of followers from lining up exterior the parking plenty of Arrowhead Stadium greater than 12 hours earlier than kickoff.
The snow wasn’t the issue in Kansas Metropolis, although extra was falling Saturday morning — it was anticipated to complete lengthy earlier than the Chiefs and Dolphins kicked off. Somewhat, the priority was what the Nationwide Climate Service referred to as “dangerously chilly” wind chills, which may make the forecasted temperature of minus-18 C at kickoff really feel like minus-24.
There have been solely 4 post-season video games performed in subzero temperatures in NFL historical past, the newest the 2007 NFC title sport between the Giants and Packers, when it was minus-19 at kickoff. New York received 23-20 at Lambeau Subject in a sport maybe finest remembered for the pictures of Giants coach Tom Coughlin’s frozen face on the sideline.
The coldest sport in league historical past stays minus-25 for the 1967 NFL championship, when the Packers beat the Cowboys at Lambeau Subject in a sport that got here to be generally known as the Ice Bowl. The wind chill that day was minus-48.
“We positively had that preliminary shock after we seemed on the forecast,” mentioned Chiefs season ticket holder Keaton Schlatter, who was driving down from West Des Moines, Iowa, for Saturday night time’s sport. “We considered perhaps posting our tickets on the market and if they do not promote, then we’d go. However we determined that it is all a part of the expertise and we did not wish to miss it.”
The Chiefs are planning to have quite a few warming stations all through the stadium, and so they’ve bent a few of their guidelines to assist followers cope with the chilly. They’re allowed to hold in blankets, supplied they haven’t any zippers or compartments, and so they can use moveable chargers to energy the form of heated attire that Schlatter was bringing to the sport.
The coldest sport ever performed at Arrowhead Stadium was minus-17 at kickoff, set throughout a sport in opposition to the Denver Broncos on Dec. 18, 1983, and matched throughout a sport in opposition to the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 18, 2016.