There’s a price to pay for a sport played outside in some of the coldest months of the year. For every perfect autumn day, there’s a winter nightmare. We scoured the books to come up with our top five worst winter weather games. This is totally subjective and unofficial, of course.
So here they are, in no particular order, the top five worst weather games.
December 10, 1989
In a game in Cincinnati between the Bengals and the Seattle Seahawks, now known as The Snowball Game, frustrated Bengals fans started throwing snowballs at the refs and the Seahawks players lining up on the field. The Seahawks refused to continue the game, and Bengals coach Sam Wyche got on the stadium microphone and yelled (also in an apparent jab at Browns fans), “Will the next person that sees anybody throw anything onto this field, point ‘em out—and get ‘em out of here! You don’t live in Cleveland, you live in Cincinnati!”
January 3, 2010
According to the Weather Channel, Buffalo has the worst weather of any NFL town. So, as a snowstorm dumped eight inches of snow on the field, the winter-hardy Buffalo Bills still managed to score 30 points against Peyton Manning and the Colts. Even though the Colts were a lock for the playoffs, the Bills still showed them who’s boss in the snow.
December 16, 1945
The Washington Redskins and Cleveland Rams went head-to-head in the coldest NFL championship game to date. The Rams scored a safety when the Redskins QB Sammy Baugh threw the ball from his own end zone and hit the goal posts, which were on the goal line from 1933-1973. The two points sealed the Rams’ victory, 15-14.
December 31, 1967
The match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers will forever be known as the Ice Bowl, with a reported temperature at Lambeau Field of -13 degrees Fahrenheit and a windchill of -55. Imagine that. -55. The Packers won, of course, because the Cowboys were probably frozen solid. Lambeau Field supposedly earned its nickname, The Frozen Tundra, from commentary on this game.
November 26, 2016
In a game known for posterity as “Monday Night Mud,” the Dolphins played the Steelers in the recently re-sodded Heinz Field. Due to a massive rainstorm, the players got a solid hour of slipping and sliding through the mud without scoring a single point. Players sunk into the field to their ankles.