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What Was The Coldest Game In Redskins History?

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 4, 2014 – 11:10 am


Joe Aguirre can’t hit the winning field goal for the Redskins (AP)

There was no tarp in Cleveland.

The hometown Rams used close to 9,000 bales of straw to protect the field before the NFL Championship Game on Dec. 16, 1945. The Rams would use the same straw to cover their legs for warmth on a day that reached eight degrees below zero.

Sammy Baugh was ineffective. The two-time NFL champion completed only one pass before he left the game with an injury. Another attempt from the end zone bounced off the goal post for a safety in a 14-15 loss. Cleveland’s Hall of Fame bound rookie Bob Waterfield passed for two touchdowns  and won the game’s MVP award. Baugh’s replacement Frank Filchock threw two touchdowns, but Joe Aguirre missed two field goals in terrible conditions.

It was a cold day, but not the coldest in NFL history

On Dec. 31, 1967, the Green Bay Packers hosted the Dallas Cowboys in the “Ice Bowl,” playing under a wind chill of minus 48 degrees. The Packers play the San Francisco 49ers in Green Bay Sunday in what could break the record for the most frigid game. The wind chill is predicted to be minus 51.

In Washington, Philadelphia and New York alone, Redskins fans have braved some tough conditions. We want to hear your stories.

Post your coldest game in Redskins history in the comments or email hiattg@redskins.com, and we’ll spotlight the best anecdotes.

Now go enjoy watching four games in two days.



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5 Responses to “What Was The Coldest Game In Redskins History?”

  1. By dwpettit on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    “ice Bowl” game trivia note: Green Bay had field warmers on the field to prevent just such an occurrence. It was Lombardi’s pride and joy….electric warming coils buried under the field. They were working like a charm the day BEFORE the ice bowl game, so the grounds keepers took the tarp off the field so the Cowboys could practice…without approval from Lombardi. When he found out he went ballistic but it was too late, the tarp was already off and the Cowboys were on the field. After they practiced, the put the tarp back on the field, but condensation formed and the warming system got overburdened to the point of shutting down during the night when it got so cold. By the next morning, it was like trying to run on a frozen lake.

  2. By Elizabeth Klanga on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    Redskins v Cowboys at home, I think 1989 – 17 degrees, sitting in the shade, Dallas beat us, only game they won that year 😦

  3. By Brenda on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    It will be brutal even dangerous, for the players and the fans. I know I wouldn’t want to be there under those conditions. Hopefully, everyone gets thru tomorrow’s game safely and it’s a great game.

  4. By Daniel Dering on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    December 15, 1968 vs Detroit Lions. Air temperature was 29 but wind chill in low teens. I was 13 years old and remember everyone going into DC Stadium bathroom and not leaving just to stay warm. Listened on stadium PA system and transistor radio. This was the game when 1st round draft choice Jim ” Yahoo” Smith broke his neck, never to play football again. HTTR!

  5. By Daniel Dering on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    Correction Jim ” Yazoo City” Smith. …

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