Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 10, at 1:05 p.m. EST
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) dives for a 8-yard touchdown run as Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antone Exum (32) defensive tackle Tom Johnson (92) try to bring him down in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
For the first time since 1976, an NFL playoff game will be played outdoors in Minneapolis as the Seahawks (10-6) travel to Minnesota for the second time in a month to play the Vikings (11-5).
This is the second consecutive year the Vikings are playing at TCF Bank Stadium, the home to the University of Minnesota's football team, while their new stadium is under construction. On Sunday, fans and players may long for the comforts of the Vikings old indoor stadium, the Metrodome, where they played from 1982-2013.
"It is going to be brutally cold," Feerick said. "Temperatures at kickoff are likely to be in the low single digits at best."
Some sunshine is in the offing for the game, but will be ineffective. AccuWeather ReelFeel? Temperatures could reach as low as 20 below zero. The frigid weather may make it rank as one of the coldest NFL games in history and the coldest ever for the Seattle Seahawks, according to the Seattle Times
. Fans will need to wear many layers and pack hand and foot warmers.
"Frostbite will occur quickly to any exposed skin and both fans and players will have to prepare accordingly," Feerick said. "A wind gusting to 20 mph out of the west also could impact the kicking game."
On Dec. 6, the Seahawks traveled to Minneapolis and trounced the Vikings by a score of 38-7. The high temperature that day was 40 while the low was 32.
According to ESPN
, the Vikings chose to have their sideline on the north side of the stadium, after analysis showed temperatures would be higher in the sun on that side of the facility, as opposed to the south side which would be in the late-afternoon shadows.
reports that the forecasted cold weather is keeping ticket prices for the game lower than normal.