Seahawks vs. Vikings: Updates on Weather Ahead of 2016 NFC Wild Card

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Seahawks vs. Vikings: Updates on Weather Ahead of 2016 NFC Wild Card
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Sunday's NFC Wild Card Game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings is going to be bitterly cold for everyone in attendance at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Continue for updates. 


Vikings Announce History

Sunday, Jan. 10

"It's minus-six at the stadium with a minus-25 wind chill. It's officially the coldest game in Vikings history, third coldest in NFL history," the Vikings announced just before kickoff.

Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith shared a rundown of the coldest games in NFL history:

Despite the cold, former Vikings head coach Bud Grant walked out to the middle of the field without a jacket. CBS Sports captured an image: 

Earlier on Sunday, Weather.com noted it could get as warm as two degrees, but it would still feel like negative-12 degrees at that point. Wind is also expected to be between eight and nine miles per hour during the game, per Weather.com.


Wilson Comments on Expected Weather

Thursday, Jan. 7

Russell Wilson told reporters the cold weather in Minneapolis "shouldn't be a factor." The former Wisconsin quarterback alluded to his time with the Badgers, noting that the team would practice outside in November and December. He added, "Once it gets under 20 degrees, it's all the same."


Vikings Add Amenities for Fans

Thursday, Jan. 7

The Vikings announced the team would assist fans due to the cold temperatures expected this weekend, detailing their efforts in a release:

• Free hand warmers will be distributed in the Fan Zone and at entry gates for those who need them (team is encouraging all fans to also bring their own).

• Caribou Coffee will provide free coffee in the Fan Zone located on Oak Street outside TCF Bank Stadium.

• Beginning at 9:00 a.m., Mariucci Arena will be open and available as a pregame warming house for fans.

Additionally, blankets (non-battery operated) will continue to be allowed and are encouraged inside the stadium. The Vikings are also encouraging fans to bring Styrofoam, cardboard or newspapers to place under their feet within the stadium, a popular and effective tactic that has worked in other outdoor markets. Fans should leave their seats and enter the concourses when they want a break from the elements.

“We know Minnesotans are resilient when it comes to cold weather and unified when it comes to the Vikings, so we view this Sunday’s game as a rallying moment,” Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf said in the release. “At the same time, we want our fans to be smart and safe when they are supporting the team, and we are taking a few extra steps to assist in that effort this Sunday.”


Zimmer Speaks on Forecast for Seahawks Matchup

Wednesday, Jan. 6

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer discussed the weather on SirusXM NFL Radio:

 


Bridgewater Comments on Expected Weather

Wednesday, Jan. 6

"When we get in these cold games we want to use it to our advantage," Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater told reporters.


Near-Record-Low Temperatures Expected

Wednesday, Jan. 6

The Seahawks-Vikings game is getting as much attention for its weather as it is for the matchup itself, though this is nothing new for the Minneapolis area this time of year. 

According to CBS 4 in Minnesota, the average temperature for Jan. 10 in the state is a high of 23 degrees and low of seven. 

Interestingly, as if the weather gods knew January football was coming, a separate report from CBS 4, citing WCCO meteorologist Matt Brickman, noted temperatures are set to drop "below zero for the first time this season" on Sunday. 

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport did note that the offenses for Seattle and Minnesota should be capable of handling the weather because of the running back battle:

The coldest NFL game ever was the Ice Bowl in 1967 between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers, with temperatures starting at 13 degrees below zero and wind chills hitting 48 degrees below zero. 

Sunday will be the first NFL playoff game in Minnesota since 2009, but this is the first outdoor playoff game for the Vikings franchise dating back to 1976. The good news is that group went to the Super Bowl, losing to the Oakland Raiders, so perhaps there is some symmetry for this year's Vikings team. 

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