Seahawks could face foes on frigid fields

The surging 10-6 Seattle Seahawks roar into the playoffs against Minnesota on Sunday after barely raising a murmur while starting the season 4-5.
     I cheered for Green Bay to beat the Vikings last night, which would have pitted Seattle against the 9-7 Redskins this weekend in Washington, D.C. But the Vikings won, sending Seattle instead to the land of 1,000 lakes.
     Although the Hawks are tough, I don’t like the idea of them playing outdoors in frigid Minneapolis. The Sunday forecast calls for a high of 16 degrees with a 10% chance of snow. (UPDATED: As of Wednesday morning, a high of zero is now forecast for Sunday, with the wind-chill factor between -20 and -30 degrees.)
     If this feels familiar to you – nervously watching weather reports while anticipating a big playoff game – it’s because Super Bowl XLVIII, as you recall, was forecast to be played in a New Jersey blizzard. Happily, that never materialized. Seattle beat Denver 43-8 in chilly but manageable mid-40s weather.
     If the Seahawks win Sunday, they’ll play the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte the following weekend, where the average high temperature in January is 51 degrees.
     But if Seattle gets past Carolina, they could play for the NFC championship in Green Bay. Yes, on the infamous “frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.” Its average January high temperature: 24 degrees.
     Of course, they instead might face a rematch with the Arizona Cardinals in sunny Glendale, where the weather really doesn’t matter with their stadium’s retractable roof.
     Get through all three games, and what’s in store? Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., site of Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7. Seattle likely would play under sunny, 63-degree skies, according to historical weather data.
     Go Hawks!

by  Jon Osterberg

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