Could cold in Minnesota freeze out Seahawks?
The Seattle Seahawks have traditionally not done well in freezing temperatures. Advantage, Minnesota Vikings?
According to the National Weather Service, the high in Minneapolis for Sunday’s NFC wild-card game is 1. Wait, scratch that. It’s a high near 1.
Needless to say, Seattle has never played in a game that cold in its franchise history. In fact, Seattle has hosted a game just once below freezing (a 31-degree game on Dec. 21, 2008).
The Seahawks are 1-7 in games played in which the temperature is less than 28 degrees. However, Seattle did win the coldest game in franchise history — a 23-20 victory on a 16-degree day at Denver on Dec. 3, 2006 thank to John Brown’s late 50-yard field goal.
Of course, it isn’t like these Vikings teams are the ones of old, which always played outside. But perhaps two years of playing at TCF Bank Stadium (and, well, living in Minneapolis) has hardened them up some. Clearly, Seattle players aren’t used to this weather. This will be the last time the Vikings will be able to enjoy this kind of home-field advantage as the team moves back into a closed stadium next year. Can they take advantage?
* — Playoff game