This is going to be a cold day for NFL fans and players in Cincinnati and Green Bay. The one saving grace may be that neither game is being played this evening, although the Packers-Niners game is a late-afternoon start.
First up in Cincinnati, the Bengals are playing host to the Chargers in the AFC game of the day. Just a month ago the Bengals edged the Chargers 17-10 in the warmth of San Diego. Today's game is being played on the cold shores of the Ohio River. After that loss at home the Chargers ended the season with four straight wins.
Today's game marks the third straight season the Bengals have reached the postseason, a team record.
The only other time these clubs have met in postseason play was the so-called "Freezer Bowl" in the 1981 AFC Championship game, when the Bengals won 27-7. The wind-chill temperature for that game fell to minus-59.
It's probably going to be even colder in Green Bay today for the Packers-Niners game. The forecast calls for a high of about minus-2. The coldest NFL game on record is the 1967 championship game at Lambeau Field, when the Packers beat the Cowboys 21-17 in what has come to be known as the "Ice Bowl." During that game, the temperature plunged to minus-13 with a wind chill of minus-46.
These two teams met way back at the start of the season when the 49ers beat the Packers 34-38 on Sept. 8. They met in last year's playoffs, a 45-31 win for the Niners.