Freezer Bowl

By | Jan 10, 2017

As most of the United States is frozen we are going to look back on a football game that was played in cold weather. The Cincinnati Bengals hosted the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Championship game on January 10, 1982. The game has been called the Freezer Bowl with air temperatures at -9 with sustained wind of 27 miles per hour.

San Diego, a warm weather team, had advanced to the AFC Championship game by defeating the Miami Dolphins, in the heat and humidity of Miami in overtime in a game that had set playoff records for the most points scored by both teams (79), most total yards by both teams (1,036), and most passing yards by both teams (836). Two weeks. Two extremes. Both times away from home.

Cincinnati reached the AFC Championship game by winning against the Buffalo Bills 28-21. This was their first ever playoff win and it came in part as a result of forcing Buffalo to turn the ball over on downs during their final drive.

Cincinnati head coach Forrest Gregg was a player on the Green Bay Packers in 1967 when the Packers played the Dallas Cowboys on the coldest ever game in the Championship Game on December 31. This game played at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field with a game time temperature of −13°F.

In the Freezer Bowl the Cincinnati Bengals won the game 27-7 and advanced to their first Super Bowl, Super Bowl XVI.

Two week later the Bengals played the NFC Champs San Francisco 49ers. Even though they scored more touchdowns and had more yards gained, they lost by the score of 26-21. This came as a result of San Francisco forcing 5 turnovers in the game and leading 20-0 at the half.


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