NFL Divisional Playoffs: Frigid air to return for games in northeastern US

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
January 13, 2018, 1:00:12 PM EST

The second round of the NFL playoffs will take place this weekend as the fight for Super Bowl contention narrows.

Fans across the Northeast are in store for frigid conditions as matchups in Philadelphia, New England and Pittsburgh will take place at outdoor stadiums.


Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) hands the ball off to running back Jerick McKinnon (21) during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Take a look at the forecasts for this weekend's slate of action:

Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles - Saturday, 4:35 p.m. EST

The first game of the NFL Divisional Playoff round on Saturday will take place in Philadelphia as the Eagles battle the Falcons.

Dry, windy and cold weather will replace the unseasonable warmth and heavy rain from Friday.

After hovering in the lower 60s on Friday evening, temperatures will be near 30 F at kickoff and drop into the middle 20s by the end of the game.

ATL Jan 13

Gusty winds up to 25 mph will drop AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures down to the teens. The crosswinds can impact the kicking and passing game as well. The winds may also prevent a bald eagle from soaring around the stadium before kickoff.

Fans should bundle up in warm layers.

Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots - Saturday, 8:15 p.m. EST

The Patriots will try to keep their consecutive Super Bowl trip hopes alive as they take on the Titans in Foxborough on Saturday.

Fans should not let the warmth that started Saturday fool them into not dressing appropriately for the game.

Patriots Jan 13

After temperatures were in the upper 50s during the morning, a blast of cold air will send temperatures plummeting on Saturday afternoon.

Temperatures are expected to be around 26 by kickoff and continue to drop through the 20s during the game.

Fans should dress warmly as RealFeel Temperatures will be in teens during the game.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers - Sunday, 1:05 p.m. EST

Coming off a home win over the Bills, the Jaguars will travel north to take on Pittsburgh at Heinz Field on Sunday for a regular season rematch.

It will be a dry day in Pittsburgh with breaks of sunshine.

JAX-PIT Jan 13

Despite any sun, temperatures will hover in the teens for the game. Fans should dress appropriately for the brutal cold.

Light winds won't have an impact on play.

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New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings - Sunday, 4:40 p.m. EST

The Vikings will fight for their chance to play for a Super Bowl on their home turf as they take on the Saints in a rematch from the opening week of the season.

MSY - MSP Jan 13

It will be dangerously cold outside U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, so anyone tailgating should be prepared for brutal conditions.

Temperatures will be in the teens throughout the game, so fans should bundle up when traveling in and out of the stadium.

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