Friday, July 25, 2014

First mild Patriots home playoff game since 2007

Patriots players and fans have had to contend with some very chilly conditions at home playoff games in the past decades. Since 2002, nearly every January game at Gillette Stadium has featured a game-time temperature below 40°, with most games played in sub-freezing weather. The weather has been mainly dry for the most recent playoff games, but some of the most memorable games during this run have been played in the snow.

The forecast for Sunday’s Divisional game vs. Houston is for a temperature in the 50s at kickoff. It will be a treat for the tailgaters who won’t be braving the usual bitter conditions that go hand and hand with New England playoff football. The last time it was near 50° for a Patriots playoff game was in 2007 when the Patriots pulled away from the Jets in the fourth quarter of a Divisional Round matchup.

Check the videos below to relive some of the memorable moments from cold and snowy playoff games at Gillette Stadium since 2002.

Recent Playoff Games at Gillette Stadium
Approx. Temp Opponent Score
January 22, 2012 27° Baltimore NE 23 – BAL 20
January 14, 2012 30° Denver NE 45 – DEN 10
January 16, 2011 28° New York Jets NYJ 28 – NE 21
January 10, 2010 25° Baltimore BAL 33 – NE 14
January 20, 2008 20s San Diego NE 21 – SD 12
January 12, 2008 37° Jacksonville NE 31 – JAX 20
January 7, 2007 Near 50 New York Jets NE 37 – NYJ 16
January 7, 2006 20s Jacksonville NE 28 – JAX 3
January 16, 2005 20s (snow) Indianapolis NE 20 – IND 3
January 18, 2004 30° (snow) Indianapolis NE 24 – IND 14
January 10, 2004 12° Tennessee NE 17 – TEN 14
January 19, 2002 28° (snow) Oakland NE 16 – OAK 13

Fred Campagna
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