KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and Miami Dolphins performed the fourth-coldest recreation in NFL historical past on Saturday evening, with bitter wind chills that made it really feel even colder at kickoff and intrepid followers bundled up in parkas, snow pants and ski goggles.
The temperature for the wild-card playoff recreation was minus-4 levels Fahrenheit (minus-20 Celsius), and wind gusts as much as 27 mph made for a wind chill of minus-27 levels. That shattered the report for the coldest recreation in Arrowhead Stadium historical past, which had been 1 diploma, set in a 1983 recreation in opposition to Denver and matched in 2016 in opposition to Tennessee.
The coldest recreation in league historical past stays minus-13 for the 1967 NFL championship, when the Packers beat the Cowboys at Lambeau Discipline in a recreation that got here to be often known as the Ice Bowl. The wind chill that day was minus-48 levels.
The bitter chilly Saturday didn’t appear to trouble followers, although. Amongst them was pop superstar-turned-Chiefs fan Taylor Swift, who arrived carrying a puffy winter coat designed to seem like the jersey of her boyfriend, Kansas Metropolis tight finish Travis Kelce.
“We undoubtedly had that preliminary shock once we appeared on the forecast,” stated Chiefs season ticket holder Keaton Schlatter, who drove from West Des Moines, Iowa, for Saturday evening’s recreation. “We thought of perhaps posting our tickets on the market and in the event that they don’t promote, then we’d go. However we determined that it’s all a part of the expertise.”
Not less than Chiefs and Dolphins followers may make it to the stadium.
The NFL was involved that no person may make it to the Payments’ recreation in opposition to the Steelers on Sunday in Buffalo, the place a blizzard was anticipated to drop a few ft of snow. So, the league and New York state officers determined to postpone the wild-card recreation till Monday, when the brunt of the snow was anticipated to have ended.
“We wish our Payments to win,” Erie County Govt Mark Poloncarz stated at a information convention in suburban Buffalo, “however we don’t need 60,000 to 70,000 individuals touring to the soccer recreation in what’s going to be horrible situations.”
The snow wasn’t the issue in Kansas Metropolis, the place extra fell Saturday morning however tapered off earlier than kickoff. Reasonably, the massive concern was what the Nationwide Climate Service referred to as “dangerously chilly” wind chills, which had been anticipated to make a forecasted temperature of minus-10 levels by the end really feel extra like minus-30.
“The spectators must be ready. Suppose chilly ski journey or ice fishing,” stated Dr. Sarah Spelsberg, who teaches in Northeastern College’s Graduate Program in Excessive Medication. “If it’s me, I’m carrying ski goggles, too. There wouldn’t be a millimeter of my pores and skin exhibiting in these temperatures. I had frostbite one time and I by no means wished to have it once more.”
About six hours earlier than kickoff, stadium employees started to plow snow from the tarp protecting the sphere, scoop it into vehicles and drive it away. The sphere itself is heated, although, and it appeared to thaw out as gametime approached.
Dolphins large receiver Tyreek Hill, who was again at Arrowhead Stadium for his first recreation since Kansas Metropolis traded him away, walked out for pregame warmups carrying a short-sleeve shirt. Chiefs linebacker Leo Chenal, who grew up in Wisconsin, arrived carrying shorts. A number of different gamers, together with Kelce, additionally had pores and skin exhibiting when the Chiefs took the sphere for his or her opening drive.
By the second quarter, Chiefs coach Andy Reid had icicles in his mustache. Within the third, Kansas Metropolis quarterback Patrick Mahomes had his helmet shattered on a success from Miami security DeShon Elliott.
As for the followers, the Chiefs had quite a few warming stations all through the stadium, they usually bent a few of their guidelines to assist them take care of the climate. Followers had been allowed to hold in blankets, offered they’d no zippers or compartments, and will use moveable chargers to energy the form of heated attire that Schlatter was bringing to the sport.
Followers additionally may deliver cardboard to place below their ft, a helpful tip Chiefs security Justin Reid handed alongside this week.
“Attempting to determine what to put on that would be the warmest has been the regarding half,” stated Lauren Bays, a Chiefs fan from Smithville, Missouri. “I’ve been considering of the way so as to add heat all week and did discover a pair of ski goggles that I plan to put on.”
Not each fan is a diehard. Ticket costs on the secondary market plummeted all through the week as followers tried to unload their seats. The worth to get in was lower than $30 by Saturday morning, or about 10% of what it could usually value, and empty seats had been seen at kickoff.
The climate most likely put a chill into the Dolphins, whose loss to Buffalo final week value them a possibility to host a house playoff recreation this weekend. They practiced all week in Miami, and it was 86 levels on Friday after they stepped on the aircraft to Kansas Metropolis. It was 10 levels with a wind chill of minus-6 after they arrived, an nearly 100-degree distinction.
“You may’t put together for a recreation like that with that form of climate, so it’ll be new,” stated Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who grew up in Hawaii and performed his school soccer within the relative heat of Alabama.
“Chilly’s chilly. For you, me — it’s chilly,” Andy Reid stated. “However you go do your factor. That’s the way you go play.”