With only three games left of the entire NFL season, this will likely be my last weather column of the year. The Super Bowl is being played in Florida so there likely won’t be too much to worry about next week but if anything comes up, I’ll update everyone on Twitter. Before I break down the forecasts for the conference championship be sure to check out Hayden Winks' statistical outlook on the Championship Round!
Winter Weather Warning
Tennessee at Kansas City (3:05 PM ET): Coming off their third consecutive road win, the Titans travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Chiefs. The Chiefs opened as 7-point favorites and have since moved to 7.5-point favorites. Sportsbooks are also projecting this to be a high scoring game with a total of 53. Forecasts are calling for a chilly game. 19-degree temperatures with 11 MPH winds will make it feel like seven degrees at kickoff. It’s supposed to get a few degrees warmer throughout the game with lighter winds that will make it feel closer to 10 degrees, but not much better. The likelihood of a shootout is still high as cold weather only mildly impact kicking and some quarterbacks.
It’s important to note that Ryan Tannehill has played in zero games under 10-degrees in his career with the coldest averaging 25-degree temperatures. He was born in Texas, went to Texas A&M, drafted by Miami and is now in Tennessee. He has very little game experience with cold weather in his career. This is by no means a nail in the coffin as some quarterbacks handle colder temperatures just fine, but others crumble. I’m not doing much with that information at the moment but it’s certainly an intriguing angle.
Green Bay at San Francisco (6:40 PM ET): Coming off a big home win over Seattle, the Packers now travel to San Francisco to square off against the 49ers. Both teams will enjoy the California climate with 59-degree temperatures overcast skies, and two MPH winds. This game should play out without any issues.
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