3 things that happened in the first half because of the cold
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.