When you advance into the playoffs and play in mid-January, you have to expect to play in cold weather and the elements if you want to advance to the Super Bowl. That's exactly what the Denver Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers will have to do today.
Peyton Manning's playoff teams are 0-5 when the temp is below 40. Sunday forecast? 30s: https://t.co/lHmYyLtPLS pic.twitter.com/B3F6AoLTxW— ESPN (@espn) January 17, 2016
It's going to be cold and clear for this afternoon's Divisional Round game between the Denver Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to Weather.com, temperatures will be slightly above and below the freezing mark throughout the game. There is a 0% chance of rain or snow for the game, and the wind doesn't appear to be a factor.
Manning calls this his "least favorite narrative", but his teams have a 0-5 record in the postseason if the weather is below 40 degrees on game day. As you can see above, the temperatures will, in fact, be well below 40 degrees at kickoff.
Manning's two losses in the playoffs as the Broncos came in weather where the temperature was below 40 degrees. Last season's game between the Indianapolis Colts and the heartbreaking overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens were played in the cold.
An even more, damning stat, is Manning's stats and point differential in those games. Manning has thrown five touchdown passes and nine interceptions also, Manning's teams have been outscored 147-65 in those games.
Considering Manning's struggles earlier in the year, this should make Broncos fans a little concerned about Manning's play.
Things are different this time around, though. The Broncos will look to establish the run and let their defense dominate the game. While Manning's play is important, the team's success won't all be on Manning's shoulders.
Also, keep in mind that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be playing in this same cold weather with a banged up shoulder. The cold weather could cause his throwing arm to stiffen up on him.
Let's hope that Manning can overcome his struggles in the cold weather and help advance the Denver Broncos to the AFC Championship game.