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Hawks’ game in Minnesota could come close to coldest contest in NFL history

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Remember how it was supposed to be REALLY cold when the Seattle Seahawks play at the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday? Like, 12 degrees Fahrenheit?

That's nothing compared to the latest forecasts.

Five-day forecasts released Tuesday morning are now predicting high temperatures ranging from -1 to 1 Fahrenheit, with some calling for lows in the neighborhood of -14.

It all depends on which forecast you believe, but if the game does hit that -14, it would fall just short of being the coldest NFL game ever played (not accounting for wind chill).

The coldest game on record is the 1967 NFL Championship Game – better known as the Ice Bowl – between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers. In what’s considered by many to be one of the greatest NFL games ever played, the Packers won, 21-17, as game-time temperatures dipped to -15.

It's not likely the thermometer will drop quite that low; other forecasts call for lows of "only" -7, and it's unlikely the day's low will come during the game, which kicks off at 12:05 p.m. (CST). But if the forecast keeps getting worse? Brrrr.

The Vikings played indoors in the Metrodome from 1982-2013, but they’re temporarily playing outdoors at the University of Minnesota while a new stadium is under construction.

There’s no snow in the forecast for Sunday, but people traveling to the game might run into a few problems as a few inches are expected to accumulate between Wednesday and Friday.