As the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos prepare to face each other in tonight’s Sunday Night Football battle, they must also prepare to defeat the weather, that they will encounter in this game.
The projected temperature at kickoff is a balmy 20 degrees. The Patriots will be ready for this type of cold, given that they have to deal with it year in and year out. While the Broncos are set in a cold area, the city of Denver doesn’t seem to experience temperatures like this, particularly in November. However the real impact that his frigid weather will have, will be on the two quarterbacks playing in this contest.
Not only is Tom Brady used to playing in conditions like these, but he excels in them. This is largely due to the fact that he has a lot of experience playing in cold weather, because he is based in one of the coldest regions in America. Peyton Manning is the exact opposite of this, as he has had the pleasure of playing in a dome for the majority of his career. Even though he now plays in Denver, he does not react to cold weather very well, and Brady will have a distinct advantage in this department come game-time. There’s a good chance one of these quarterbacks will be participating in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium where the weather will most likely be similar to this weekend’s conditions, so it will be interesting to see how Brady and Manning fare.
One final note: In games that are played in colder weather (under 30 degrees), Manning is 2-5 with a 75.8 passer rating, while Brady checks in at 33-2 with a 91.2 passer rating. (Stats courtesy of a knowledgeable Patriots fan on twitter, who goes by the name of ‘PatriotsXLVIII‘). This definitely points to more Brady magic, but Peyton has not been known to roll over easily, and I expect another tight Brady versus Manning battle.