It’s so cold in Minnesota that the Vikings’ Gjallarhorn shattered
MINNEAPOLIS – There was no last-second heat wave in Minneapolis on Sunday.
Temperatures were just as cold as predicted for the Seattle Seahawks’ NFC wild-card game against the Minnesota Vikings, with the thermometer hovering at -6 at kickoff, with wind-chill making it feel -25.
It was the coldest game in Vikings history, and the third-coldest game in NFL playoff history.
Things were so cold, in fact that the Vkings’ Gjallarhorn – a giant horn that celebrities and others with ties to the team blow before home games, similar in spirit to the Seahawks’ 12 Man Flag – shattered before the game started.
The team had a reserve horn, which it brought out before the game.
ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reported that officials were worried about footballs going under 12 PSI, and planned to use backup footballs in the second half that had been kept inside.
If there was any good news, it was that the game wasn’t likely to be the coldest in history, which looked to be a possibility last week. The temperatures at game time figured to be about 10 degrees warmer than the Ice Bowl, the infamous 1967 NFL Championship game.