The forecast high of zero degrees for the Vikings-Seahawks game on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium would make it the coldest home playoff game in team history and among the frostiest in NFL history.
There have been only nine games in league history where the high temperature during the game never got above zero.
The Vikings’ coldest playoff game at Met Stadium was 9 degrees in 1970 against San Francisco. Their coldest game, -2 against Chicago, was the sixth most frigid in NFL history.
The coldest NFL game was the “Ice Bowl,” the league’s title game between Green Bay and Dallas at Lambeau Field on New Year’s Eve in 1967. The temperature was -13 and wind chills hit -48.
NBC broadcaster Cris Collinsworth, who will be calling Sunday’s game, likes to refer to the coldest game by windchill in league history. Collinsworth played for the Bengals when they beat San Diego on Jan. 10, 1982 at Riverfront Stadium for the AFC title when the temp was -9 and wind chills hit -59.
COLDEST VIKINGS HOME GAMES
-2 vs. Chicago, Dec. 3, 1972 (wind north 11 mph)
0 vs. Green Bay, Dec. 10, 1972 (wind SW 9 mph)
5 vs. Los Angeles, Nov. 29, 1964 (wind NW 12 mph)
9 vs. Chicago, Dec. 5, 1970 (wind north 25 mph)
9 vs. San Francisco*, Dec. 27, 1970 (wind north 10 mph)
11 vs. Cleveland*, Jan. 4, 1970 (wind NW 8 mph)
12 vs. Carolina, Nov. 30, 2014 (wind NW, 17 mph)
12 vs. Los Angeles*, Dec. 26, 1976 (wind NW 13 mph)
13 vs. N.Y. Giants, Dec. 27, 2015 (wind NW 8 mph)
15 vs. San Francisco, Dec. 4, 1977 (wind East 15 mph)