Wild Weather and the NFL

Wild Weather and the NFL

Get the buffalo chicken dip ready. The Playoffs are over and the Super Bowl is just around the corner.

There are many things that excite me when it comes football.  I look forward to the hard hits, big plays, and even rooting for teams I normally don’t root for (we’ll get them next year St. Louis).  As an avid food fan, I like all the great snacks that are cooked up and enjoyed during games including the miracle of what is called buffalo chicken dip.  Of course, being the weather weenie that I am, I even look forward to the weather during the games. Now the Super Bowl itself is typically indoors or somewhere down south where February weather isn’t so brutal.  But personally, I say let the Super Bowl be at Lambeau Field when temperatures are below zero and snow flakes are flying.  It makes the game more interesting and changes the way teams strategize.  I’ve seen some of the hits that players take.  They surely can handle a little bit of numbing cold, right?  Well even if the Super Bowl is indoors, at least I occasionally get my weather fix during the other playoff games and even regular season games.

Weather has played a huge role in many games throughout the history of the NFL.  That is why I’ve decided to take a look at some of the craziest weather games in NFL history.  Some of these games were in the playoffs while some were during the regular season.  Whatever the case may be, the weather made things fairly wild on the gridiron.

The Monsoon Game

Who: Kansas City Chiefs vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Where: Tampa, Florida

When: December 16, 1979

There is nothing better than throwing a water logged football around the field.  This game may have been one of the wettest in history.  There was so much rain that the stairs in the stands looked like waterfalls. Players could only take a few steps before slipping and fall into the soupy field.  Throwing the ball was nearly impossible.  However all that Tampa needed to win was a field goal.  The final score: a whopping 3-0.  How he got enough footing to kick that field goal is beyond me.


Philly Blizzard

Who: Chicago Cardinals vs Philadelphia Eagles

Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

When: December 19, 1948

This game was the first NFL championship game to be televised.  There was so much snow that the grounds crew needed help from players to remove the tarp.  The commissioner debated on cancelling the game but players and coaches wanted to play.  Much of the game was scoreless and it wasn’t until late in the fourth quarter that a touchdown was scored.  Final score: Philadelphia 7, Chicago 0.


The Fog Bowl

Source: National Weather Service

Who: Chicago Bears vs Philadelphia Eagles

Where: Chicago, Illionis

When: December 31, 1988

“Sanders goes right, and disappears into the haze”.  That was a statement made by one of the announcers during the game.  Visibilities were down to about 15 yards during the game due to fog rolling in off the lake.  Announcers couldn’t see the field.  Reporters on the sidelines couldn’t see the field.  Even players on the field had trouble seeing the down markers on the sidelines.  The game continued and was played despite the low visibility.  Who knew a game could be exciting without even seeing where the ball was going.  Even though players couldn’t see, Philadelphia had a pretty successful day passing and would end up winning the game 20-12.


Windy City Game

Who: San Francisco 49ers vs Chicago Bears

Where: Chicago, Illinois

When: November 13, 2005

Field goals were nearly impossible on this day.  Kicks that appeared to be going down the middle would quickly be blown to the sidelines.  Footballs sitting on the field blew like tumbleweeds. At times it looked like the field goal posts were going to tip over or snap.   This was one of the windiest games in NFL history and appropriately enough it was in the “windy city”.  However, some field goals were made and a couple touchdowns scored.  Final score: Bears 17, 49ers 9.

The Ice Bowl

Who: Dallas Cowboys vs Green Bay Packers

Where: Green Bay, Wisconsin

When: December 31, 1967

Temperatures were 16 below.  It was so cold that whistles couldn’t be used because they were getting stuck to referee’s lips.  Bands were unable to play at halftime because instruments were freezing.  Green Bay players had to find an alternate form of travel because their cars wouldn’t start.  To sum it up, it was darn cold!  The game was played however, even with a thin sheet of ice on the field.  For Green Bay, this wasn’t too far from normal for them and they would end up using the home field advantage to take the win, 21-17.  This game is the coldest game in NFL history.


Can you think of any other games that should have made the list? Let us know in the comments section below.