Broncos Playoff Football: It's (Usually) Cold. Duh.

The Denver Broncos play their first (and hopefully not last) home playoff game of the season this coming weekend. In light of the frigid 49ers-Packers game last weekend, it got us thinking: What were the game-time temps for past Broncos playoff games?
January 6 2014, 11:45 AM

After watching the San Francisco 49ers play the Green Bay Packers this past weekend in what can only be called the “Freezer-Burn Bowl,” I wondered about game-time temperatures the Denver Broncos have endured since the team’s first National Football League playoff game in 1977. The downright frostiest home game-time temperature was 13 degrees—a mark that was hit in 2013 and in 1978. The warmest home playoff game? Forty-seven degrees, in 1990, against the Cleveland Browns. Balmy.

I used Pro-Football-Reference.com to find the game-time temperatures for all of Denver’s playoff matchups. Wind-chill, when it is recorded, is the second number. In the case of the Broncos’ 2011 playoff matchup against the New England Patriots, PFR didn’t have a temperature, but I found it here. If a game was played indoors, then it’s noted and doesn't have a temperature.

I can't predict the game-time temperature for Denver’s Sunday home game against the San Diego Chargers, but The Weather Channel expects the day’s high to be 45 degrees, while the low is expected to be 20 degrees.

Here's the all-time temperature list, by season:

2012/2013

  • Jan. 12, 2013 (home, Baltimore Ravens): 13 degrees/8 degrees

2011/2012

  • Jan. 8, 2012 (home, Pittsburgh Steelers): 40 degrees
  • Jan. 14, 2012 (away, New England Patriots): 24 degrees/12 degrees

2005/2006

  • Jan. 14, 2006 (home, New England Patriots): 45 degrees
  • Jan. 22, 2006 (home, Pittsburgh Steelers): 27 degrees/17 degrees

2004/2005: 

  • Jan. 9, 2005 (away, Indianapolis Colts): Indoors

2003/2004: 

  • Jan. 4, 2004 (away, Indianapolis Colts): Indoors

2000/2001: 

  • Dec. 31, 2000 (away, Baltimore Ravens): 28 degrees/14 degrees

1998/1999: 

  • Jan. 9, 1999 (home, Miami Dolphins): 29 degrees/18 degrees
  • Jan. 17, 1999 (home, Kansas City Chiefs): 30 degrees/20 degrees
  • Jan. 31, 1999 (Super Bowl, Miami, Atlanta Falcons): 74 degrees

1997/1998: 

  • Dec. 27, 1997 (home, Jacksonville Jaguars): 27 degrees/13 degrees
  • Jan. 4, 1998 (away, Kansas City Chiefs): 30 degrees/20 degrees
  • Jan. 11, 1998 (away, Pittsburgh Steelers): 33 degrees/26 degrees
  • Jan. 25, 1998 (Super Bowl, San Diego, Green Bay Packers): 59 degrees

1996/1997: 

  • Jan. 4, 1997 (home, Jacksonville Jaguars): 36 degrees/ 27 degrees

1993/1994: 

  • Jan. 8, 1994 (away, Los Angeles Raiders): 54 degrees

1991/1992: 

  • Jan. 4, 1992 (home, Houston Oilers): 30 degrees/23 degrees
  • Jan. 12, 1992 (away, Buffalo Bills): 33 degrees/25 degrees

1989/1990: 

  • Jan. 7, 1990 (home, Pittsburgh Steelers): 37 degrees
  • Jan. 14, 1990 (home, Cleveland Browns): 47 degrees
  • Jan. 28, 1990 (Super Bowl, San Francisco 49ers): Indoors

1987/1988: 

  • Jan. 10, 1988 (home, Houston Oilers): 28 degrees/19 degrees
  • Jan. 17, 1988 (home, Cleveland Browns): 29 degrees/21 degrees
  • Jan. 31, 1988 (Super Bowl, San Diego, Washington Redskins): 56 degrees

1986/1987

  • Jan. 4, 1987 (home, New England Patriots): 43 degrees
  • Jan. 11, 1987 (away, Cleveland Browns): 30 degrees/21 degrees
  • Jan. 25, 1987 (Super Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., New York Giants): 58 degrees

1984/1985

  • Dec. 30, 1984 (home, Pittsburgh Steelers): 33 degrees/28 degrees

1983/1984

  • Dec. 24, 1983 (away, Seattle Seahawks): Indoors

1979/1980

  • Dec. 23, 1979 (away, Houston Oilers): Indoors

1978/1979: 

  • Dec. 30, 1978 (away, Pittsburgh Steelers): 38 degrees/24 degrees

1977/1978: 

  • Dec. 24, 1977 (home, Pittsburgh Steelers): 44 degrees
  • Jan. 1, 1978 (home, Oakland Raiders): 13 degrees/4 degrees
  • Jan. 15, 1978 (Super Bowl, Dallas Cowboys): Indoors

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