1981 AFC Championship

  • By Jim Trotter Special to
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The bitter cold slowed down Dan Fouts and the Chargers' famous Air Coryell offense.

Bengals 27 Chargers 7
Cincinnati -- Jan. 10, 1982 -- Green Bay has its "Ice Bowl," but Cincinnati can claim the "Freezer Bowl." The Bengals hosted the Chargers in brutal conditions at Riverfront Stadium, the temperature sitting at minus-9 at kickoff and the wind chill plummeting to negative 59. San Diego tight end Kellen Winslow would describe the weather as "inhumane" and insists he still has physical ailments from that day.

The Chargers looked every bit the warm-weather club, committing four turnovers. Two of those led to first-half touchdowns -- Ken Anderson’s 8-yard pass to M.L. Harris and Pete Johnson’s 1-yard run -- aiding the Bengals, who earned their first trip to the Super Bowl.

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