The game in opposition to the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots is definitely going to be selected the sector this Saturday night time, however the main story on this Wild Card weekend is what’s going to be taking place round the sector. After their Monday Night time Soccer game in December was ravaged by excessive winds, excessive chilly is in the forecast for Saturday night time.
A blast of air from the north is going to deliver temperatures at game time to among the many lowest they’ve ever been. In line with The Weather Channel, temperatures aren’t anticipated to get to out of the one digits the whole day and by game time, it ought to be in the low single digits close to zero. With a 10-MPH wind, it’s going to really feel even colder (although possibly not as chilly as that wind-whipped December game).
The coldest game on report for the Bills was in January of 1994, after they beat the Los Angeles Raiders in a Divisional playoff game. The temperature began at 0 earlier than shifting to -1 levels at halftime, with wind chills reaching all the best way right down to -32 levels.
In that game, Jim Kelly reportedly had issues retaining his fingers heat, however Josh Allen has pockets sewn into his jersey which ought to assist a bit. (See the black traces resulting in the pockets in the image under.)
For his or her half, the Patriots have been training outside this week with temperatures in the excessive 30s. It helps, however how a lot? The Bills have been training indoors in order that they don’t have to maneuver tools, per head coach Sean McDermott, however they’re utilizing frozen footballs to simulate the slick really feel.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen performed his school ball in Wyoming, however is a California child initially. He has performed in snow video games, however his quantity take an enormous hit when it’s under freezing. Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has by no means performed a game under freezing, rising up in Florida and enjoying school soccer at Alabama. Allen famous this week that it’s going to be onerous for each groups to catch the ball with the situations.
Stefon Diggs performed in one of many coldest video games in NFL historical past whereas with the Minnesota Vikings. In January 2016, it was -6 levels with a wind chill of -25. Diggs had 4 catches for 26 yards to steer his staff in a windy affair. Saturday night time isn’t anticipated to be as windy as that contest, although.
“It’s simply going to be so chilly, bro. My fingers get chilly, toes get chilly,” Diggs mentioned this week. “As quickly as you come off [the field the trainers are] like, ‘Do you want a coat?’ And also you’re identical to, ‘Nah, get away from me.’ However they’re at all times there for me, so I really feel like I’ll be tremendous. I’m not an excessive amount of of a complainer, and I performed in one of many coldest video games in historical past, like once we performed in the playoffs vs. Seattle on the Minnesota Gophers stadium. It was like detrimental one thing. So this ain’t nothing. I’ll be alright.”
For his or her half, followers are very break up on attending and Patriots of us are noticing. Scott Zolak, New England’s radio announcer, reminded followers of the Patriots that the fee to get into the game was low cost, with tickets below $40 obtainable. Highmark Stadium is reminding followers that battery-powered clothes equivalent to electrical socks or lengthy underwear is prohibited in the stadium.
Bills’ middle Mitch Morse mentioned Bills followers could have a secret plan based mostly on historic knowledge. It wasn’t a chef, it was a baker, however the outcomes had been the identical; the dude survived the sinking of the Titanic.
Mitch Morse shared a fast historical past lesson with us immediately [can someone fact check this?]
He mentioned the chef on the Titanic jumped off the boat however survived as a result of he was so drunk. He introduced this up when requested by @kfitz134 in regards to the forecast on Saturday #BillsMafia @WKBW pic.twitter.com/ssqVLq8BTN
— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) January 11, 2022