It's NFL Playoff time, which means the weather is more important than ever. More than a few seasons have been decided due to freezing temperatures or snow. So before we get to the four divisional round games, it's important to know what the weather is going to be like in our four distinct locations, with a focus on Kansas City and Foxborough, where bad weather is expected.
Here are the weather reports for the divisional round matchups:
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints - High of 55 Degrees, Partly Cloudy (Dome Game)
Of the four games, this forecast matters by far the least in the Big Easy due to the fact that the Saints are playing in a dome. The 73 percent humidity and rain the day before the game might matter in an outdoor stadium with grass, but the Saints will be nice and comfortable on their indoors turf on Sunday. The weather will be nice outside anyway and the game will not be affected even if it's not.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams - Low of 48 Degrees, Partly Cloudy (10 Percent Chance of Rain)
The Rams and Cowboys should have a chilly Los Angeles night for their matchup on Saturday. The temperature will probably drop to high 40 degrees by game time, but that's not anywhere near the cold that places like Chicago would bring this time of year. It might rain the night before, which could affect the turf, but the weather shouldn't play too much of a role overall.
Normally the Cowboys practice inside Ford Center on a "Thursday," but they will be outside today as they get ready for Saturday's divisional round game at the Los Angeles Rams. "We're playing an outdoor game and the weather is somewhat similar to what we may be facing on...— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) January 9, 2019
Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs - 32 Degrees, 65 Percent Chance of Snow/Rain Showers
Now, this is some vintage playoff weather in Kansas City. It'll be around 32 degrees at kickoff and there's a chance of on-and-off rain and snow. Even if it's not that bad during the game, it will certainly affect the playing conditions. If it gets bad it'll make it difficult for two teams that thrive on passing the ball. It's also tough for the Colts, who are an indoors team and just played indoors last week. With 6-mph winds predicted at kickoff, this is the game that could be drastically affected by the weather in one way or another.
Weather in KC on Saturday looking cold and possibly snow/rain. Does this help Chiefs or Colts more?— Talk Sports (@TalkSports13) January 9, 2019
Los Angeles Chargers vs. New England Patriots - 27 Degrees, Partly Cloudy
It is going to be frigid in Foxborough on Sunday with the temperature potentially rising to 27 degrees for kickoff. When players are out warming up before the game, the temperature is going to feel like 20 degrees. There won't be any snow or a repeat of the 2001 AFC Championship game, but the cold will certainly affect the Chargers. With a west coast team traveling to Massachusetts for the game, the Patriots have the weather advantage.
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