It was 13 degrees at kickoff for New England’s game against the New York Jets, and the Patriots wanted to make sure their visitors knew it.
To get a bit of a psychological edge Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had thermometers placed in the visitors tunnel on Sunday, so as Jets players filed passed them on their way to the field, they would be reminded of the frigid temperature.
A source with the Patriots tells me Bill Belichick ordered the field crew to place these thermometers inside the Jets tunnel so New York is reminded how cold it is. Mental warfare. #Patriots pic.twitter.com/I7IwcZQZXf
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) December 31, 2017
According to an ESPN report, there were thermometers also placed behind the Jets bench.
Belichick himself didn’t seem to be bother by the cold weather.
It’s 10 degrees out and Bill Belichick just walked onto the field in shorts and a t-shirt pic.twitter.com/wH4oHOAsZt
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) December 31, 2017
It’s the coldest regular-season home game in Patriots history. They had a playoff game that was colder. It was 4 degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like minus-10 for a divisional game against the Tennessee Titans on Jan. 10, 2004.
There were other frigid Week 17 starts as well.
It was 11 degrees in Pittsburgh, where the winless Cleveland Browns were visiting.
The kickoff temperature was 16 degrees in New Jersey for the New York Giants’ home game against Washington. It was the coldest game for the Redskins since it was 4 degrees in a divisional playoff win over Chicago on Jan. 10, 1988.
It was 19 degrees with a wind chill of 3 in Philadelphia, with Dallas visiting.
And all this happened on the 50th anniversary of the Ice Bowl in Green Bay. That game-time temperature was 15 below, with wind chill in today’s calculations at minus-48. The Packers beat the Cowboys 21-17 to earn a spot in the second Super Bowl.