According to the forecast from The Weather Channel, it’s expected to be around 30 degrees for the Eagles’ 4:35 PM kickoff. The wind chill will make it feel about 20 degrees. Temperatures are expected to drop throughout the game.
The Eagles should be used to playing in the cold by now. Their last two home games on Christmas and New Year’s Eve were very frigid. Doug Pederson had the team practice outside on Thursday to get ready for the chilly weather.
The Falcons, who play in a dome at home, won’t be as used to the cold weather. The coldest game they’ve played all season was against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 11. The temperature was 45 degrees at an 8:30 PM kickoff. Atlanta narrowly won that game by a final score of 34 to 31.
Looking back even further, I’m realizing the Falcons haven’t played in a cold weather game in a long time. Their last such game against the Packers in December 2014, when the temperature was 33 degrees at kickoff. Atlanta lost to Green Bay in that one, 43-37.
If history is any indication, Saturday’s cold weather favors the Eagles.
Crazy stat heading in the #eagles #falcons #NFL Divisional Playoff game in Phila. Dome teams playing outside in playoffs when temperature is 35 degrees or less, 4-23 in last 27. Game time temp 35 going down into the 20’s. @SportsRadioWIP— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) January 12, 2018
Of course, the Eagles’ last playoff game counts as one of the four wins referenced in this stat. Philadelphia lost to the New Orleans Saints at the Linc in January 2014. So take this stat for what it’s worth.
Again, to those braving the cold to attend today’s game, we salute you. Make sure you’re extra loud in the crowd.