The NFL has been widely questioned and criticized for putting Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
The league has had cold-weather Super Bowls in Indianapolis. Detroit and Minnesota, but all of those facilities have roofs or domes that allow players to compete in optimum conditions and allow fans to sit in comfort.
The NFL is taking a huge gamble that the brutal cold weather that is currently enveloping a majority of the northern states will not be a factor Feb. 2.
Good luck with that.
Cold weather will obviously be a factor on Super Bowl Sunday, and some teams are better equipped to deal with it than the others. In years past, teams from New York, New England, Pittsburgh or Chicago would have had the advantage over southern or West Coast teams.
That's not true any longer, as the 49ers proved in their wild-card victory at Green Bay. Here's our ranking of how the eight remaining teams are built for playing in winter-weather conditions.
(NFL.com provided all temperature conditions.)
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