The kickoff temperature for today’s Wild Card game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings was measured at minus-6 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill of minus-25.
The recorded air temperature makes it the coldest game in Vikings franchise history and the third-coldest in NFL history.
Today’s game is the first outdoor playoff game hosted by Minnesota since the 1976 NFC Championship when the Vikings defeated the L.A. Rams to advance to Super Bowl XI.
It also falls on the anniversary of the second-coldest game (air temp) in NFL history:
Minus-9 degrees (-59 degree wind chill) — January 10, 1982, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio, AFC Championship (Cincinnati 27, San Diego 7)
The “Ice Bowl” is the coldest game (air temp) in NFL history:
Minus-13 degrees (-48 degree wind chill)—December 31, 1967, Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin, NFL Championship (Green Bay 21, Dallas 17)
The previous Vikings record for temperature and wind chill was Dec. 3, 1972 against Chicago (minus-2 and minus-19 wind chill).