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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll spotlight the best anecdotes.
Now go enjoy watching four games in two days.
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