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Retrospect: January 10, 1982: The Freezer Bowl

In the annals of sports history, few National Football League games were played in conditions as harsh as those during the 1981 American Football Conference championship game between the San Diego Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals. The game, which took place at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium on January 10, 1982, had the coldest wind chill of any NFL game in history, based on how the index was calculated at the time, and has since become known in NFL lore as the “Freezer Bowl.”


Contributing Editor SEAN POTTER is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM), Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), and science writer with an interest in weather history.

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