Schwartz: Frigid Conditions Will Define AFC Championship

One team will win. One team will lose. Both will be cold.

The DA Show
January 15, 2019 - 1:00 pm

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It remains to be seen which team – the Chiefs or Patriots – will win the AFC Championship on Sunday, but know this: both teams will be cold.

Very cold.

The National Weather Service reports that an “arctic blast” could hit Kansas City on Sunday, with game-time temperatures potentially below zero.

“Obviously the game being zero degrees is an element that’s hard to predict how the game is going to go,” NFL analyst Geoff Schwartz said on The DA Show. “How do you predict how that’s going to go? Tom Brady, I’d say, has probably played in more of these games. I don’t know if he’s ever played in a game that cold. Pat Mahomes, we thought the cold would mess with the Chiefs the other day, and it definitely didn’t. So I don’t know how this is going to affect the game.”

New England’s offense is predicated on quick cuts and timing. Playing in freezing weather – on grass, no less – won’t be an asset Sunday.

“No, it can’t,” Schwartz said. “But I will say the Chiefs are also a timing offense. Mahomes obviously does more after the snap as far as moving around in the pocket than does Tom Brady, but they’re a West Coast offense. They run a lot of the RPOs, a lot of slants – a lot of the timing stuff. Again, I don’t know how this will affect the Chiefs. They do play on grass more often than the Patriots, who only have one division opponent who’s on grass. That’s 10 out of your 16 games a year, at least, on turf. 

“So yeah, it’s going to be a facet,” Schwartz continued. “They’re probably going to have to wear spikes, and it’s going to be different than maybe what people kind of maybe thought it would be. But it kind of does go both ways here.”

Kickoff is slated for 6:40 p.m. ET.