KANSAS CITY, Mo. (TND) — The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Miami Dolphins in 8-degree Fahrenheit weather Saturday night, raising questions over how the Florida team will fare.
The wind chill is projected to hit –14 degrees with 17 mile per hour winds.
“If we’re playing in any playoff game that isn’t at home, it probably will be cold,” Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said, according to the Associated Press. “It will be the same for both teams. For us and for the individuals in the locker room, I know they will not use that as an excuse.”
Miami has played in 10 games below 40 degrees since 2017. It lost all of those games by an average of 17 points, and McDaniel coached three of those games.
Dolphins tight end Durham Smythe dismisses the trend, citing his teammates’ nationwide hometowns.
“I’d rather be playing a football game than chasing my kid around the backyard,” Mahomes said, according to the Associated Press
“You can’t bank on that. That’s where you get into trouble,” he remarked, according to the Associated Press. “We’re not having a snowball fight.”
The last time the teams matched up in freezing weather was in 2017, when Kansas City beat Miami 29-13 in a 23-degree Christmas Eve contest.