Bundle up, Minnesota, it's going to be cold Sunday.
According to AccuWeather and Weather.com the temperature in Minneapolis will be a high of 1 degree -- not counting the 10-15 mph wind chill factor. The low sits around -9 degrees.
The good news? That high of 1 degree went up from zero degrees on Tuesday! At this rate maybe we'll get a high of 5 degrees on Sunday when the Vikings and Seahawks kick off at TCF Bank Stadium at 12:05 p.m. local time.
"The wind affects things more than anything does," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday. "The cold is the cold. The ball's gonna be harder, a little more slippery. ... A lot of concentration when guys are out on the field. They gotta concentrate. Don't worry about the cold, worry about playing."
The top three coldest games in NFL history, based on kickoff temperatures, were: 1967 NFL championship game between the Packers and Cowboys ("Ice Bowl") at minus-13 degrees; 1981 AFC Championship between the Bengals and Chargers at minus-9 degrees; 2007 NFC Championship between the Giants and Packers at minus-1 degree.
Minnesota's three coldest home games in franchise history were: Dec. 3, 1972 versus Chicago at minus-2 degrees; Dec. 10, 1972 versus Green Bay at 0 degrees; Nov. 29, 1964 versus Los Angles at 5 degrees.
The Vikings 'last home outdoor playoff game in Minnesota was Dec. 26, 1976 in the NFC Championship. Fran Tarkenton led the Vikes to a 24-13 victory over Pat Haden and the Los Angeles Rams. The temperature was 12 degrees that day.
Last month, Zimmer said his team could use low temperatures in December and January to their benefit.
"I actually love it; we get to use it to our advantage," Zimmer said, via ESPN.com. "You get teams that aren't used to playing in the cold weather games and like I said, you get to use it to your advantage. It's all a mental thing. I'm a big fan of it, actually."
Last year before the season, the Vikings decided to move the home sideline to the north side of TCF Bank Stadium because analysis showed temperatures are noticeably warmer on that sideline. During the Panthers game last season, they found a 20-degree temperature difference between sidelines.
"We've luckily been in some of these elements games, the Carolina game a year ago, the Giants game on Sunday night, and Green Bay last week," Zimmer said Wednesday. "I'm sure (Seattle has) probably been in some as well. It's just something that we'll deal with."
Wilson: 3-2 record; 66.9 completion percentage; 258.4 passing YPG; 13-2 TD-INT ratio; 114.4 passer rating
Bridgewater: 6-3 record; 66.5 completion percentage; 191.8 passing YPG; 12-5 TD-INT ratio; 97.1 passer rating
Now we'll see how they perform in the uber cold.
"We need our fans to make an advantage for us," Zimmer said. "They need to be loud and make sure they have some tailgating before they come out so they stay warm."