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Vikings’ home playoff game Sunday may be one of coldest in franchise history

By Andrew Krammer

A few players said the Vikings’ Dec. 27 win over the New York Giants was the coldest game they’ve ever played.

Well, the temperature might be 13 degrees colder on Sunday when the Vikings host the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the NFC playoffs. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. central.

A current outlook for Minneapolis, and the nearby TCF Bank Stadium, calls for one of the Vikings’ coldest home games in franchise history. According to, the high is expected to be 0 degrees with a low of -7 degrees. Winds are expected to gust between 8 and 12 miles per hour.

In terms of actual temperature, a 0-degree kickoff would tie the second-coldest home game in Vikings history — the frostiest since a December day in 1972.

The Vikings, of course, played indoors at the now-razed Metrodome from 1982 to 2013. They’ll move back indoors next summer when they open U.S. Bank Stadium, and could play their final game Sunday at their temporary home on the University of Minnesota’s campus.

They’ve long planned for games like Sunday, choosing to have the home sideline on the east side of the stadium, where the sun still shines during the afternoon. Two of the Vikings’ top 10 coldest home games have already been held at the U of M — on Nov. 30, 2014 against Carolina (12 degrees) and the Giants game last month (13 degrees).

“I actually love it, we get to use it to our advantage,” coach Mike Zimmer said of the cold last month. “You get teams that aren’t used to playing in the cold weather games and like I said, you get to use it to your advantage. It’s all a mental thing and I’m a big fan of it actually.”

For inquiring minds, Sunday’s high in Seattle is expected to be 43 degrees.

Coldest Games – Home # = Playoff Game
-2 vs. Chicago, 12/3/1972
0 vs. Green Bay, 12/10/1972
5 vs. Los Angeles, 11/29/1964
9 vs. Chicago, 12/5/1970
9 vs. San Francisco, 12/27/1970#
11 vs. Cleveland, 1/4/1970#
12 vs. Carolina, 11/30/2014
12 vs. Los Angeles, 12/26/1976#

13 vs. New York Giants, 12/27/15

15 vs. San Francisco, 12/4/1977
Coldest Games by Wind Chill – Home
-19 vs. Chicago, 12/3/1972 (Temp -2 – N 11 mph)
-15 vs. Green Bay, 12/10/1972 (Temp 0 – SW 9 mph)
-12 vs. Chicago, 12/5/1970 (Temp 9 – N 25 mph)
-11 vs. Los Angeles, 11/29/1964 (Temp 5 – NW 12 mph)
-7 vs. Carolina, 11/30/2014 (Temp 12 – NW 17 mph)
-5 vs. San Francisco, 12/27/1970 (Temp 9 – N 10 mph)#
-4 vs. Green Bay, 11/22/1970 (Temp 16 – NW 30 mph)
-3 vs. Los Angeles, 12/26/1976 (Temp 12 – NW 13 mph)#
-1 vs. Cleveland, 1/4/1970 (Temp 8 – NW 12 mph)#
0 vs. San Francisco, 12/4/1977 (Temp 15 – E 15 mph)

The post Vikings’ home playoff game Sunday may be one of coldest in franchise history appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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