ORCHARD PARK – Saturday night, the temperature is expected to be in the single digits and the wind chill in the minus 10-15 range at kickoff time of the AFC wild-card game against the New England Patriots.
It will end up being one of the coldest games ever played in Buffalo, one of the coldest in NFL history.
Where will it end up ranking on the Bills’ all-time list? It’s probably going to be top five.
Here’s a look back at the three coldest Bills’ home games on record.
Jan. 15, 1994: Bills vs. Raiders
You’ve heard the famous Marv Levy line, “When it’s too tough for them, it’s just right for us.” This was the day he delivered it.
The temperature at game time was zero and the wind chill was minus-32. In terms of the wind chill number, it was the third-coldest in NFL history behind only the 1981 AFC Championship Game – Chargers at Bengals, minus-59 degrees; and the 1967 NFL Championship – Cowboys at Packers, minus-48. In terms of temperature, it’s the fifth-coldest game.
Buffalo Bills fans cheer on their team while staying warm in temperatures hovering around zero in the Parking lot Rich Stadium Several hours before the Bills Play the Los Angeles Raiders in their AFC divisional play off game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Saturday, Jan. 15, 1994.
Ever the tough guy, Bills quarterback Jim Kelly said, “It wasn’t that bad, but in the second half, my hands were getting real cold.”
One sign inside the stadium read, “Just freeze, baby,” a take on Raiders’ owner Al Davis famous saying, “Just win, baby.”
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To their credit, the guys from Los Angeles gave the Bills a heck of a fight, but in the end, Buffalo won 29-23. “I never really let cold weather affect me,” Thurman Thomas said once when recalling that day. “But I remember it being very, very cold.”