3 things that happened in the first half because of the cold

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 10: Jon Ryan #9 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled as he runs with the ball on fourth down in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS – You knew the ridiculously cold weather in Minnesota was going to have an effect when the Seahawks played the Vikings in an NFC wild-card game on Sunday.

It was just tough to say what, exactly, that effect would be.  But it didn’t take long Sunday to for the -6 temperatures to play a role.

Here are three things the cold did in the first half Sunday:

  1. Special teams nightmares. Seahawks long-snapper Clint Gresham – normally as reliable as they come – had two bad snaps early on. One of them led to a botched punt play that left punter Jon Ryan with a bloody nose and led to the Vikings’ field goal – the first and only score of the game so far.
  2. No offense, but there’s been no offense. Both teams had a difficult time moving the ball in the early going. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was an uncharacteristic 5 of 8 for 39 yards, and Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was 6 of 10 for 50 yards with just over 5 minutes remaining in the half.
  3. Wilson’s cold-weather gear exploded all over the place. As Wilson was scrambling early in the second quarter, he got popped – hard. His hand-warmer and mouth guards went flying in all directions.

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