The weather stat no one is talking about for Patriots vs. Chargers

Ryan Hannable
January 09, 2019 - 8:59 am
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A few days ago, the biggest topic with Patriots-Chargers in the AFC divisional round Sunday at Gillette Stadium was the potential for snow, but it doesn't look like it will happen.

The latest forecast predicts a snow storm will stay south of New England, but it still will be cold with temperatures struggling to reach 30 degrees. This is what should be discussed when connecting weather to the game.

Playing their home games in California, Philip Rivers and the Chargers barely have any experience in the cold.

In Rivers' 15-year NFL career, including 10 playoff games, he's only played in five games with game-time temperatures at or below freezing and the Chargers are 1-4 in those games. Meanwhile, in that same timeframe, the Patriots are 27-7 in games played at or below freezing.

This is a huge advantage for the Patriots.

"It's pretty hard to forecast the weather at this time of year," Bill Belichick said on a conference call Tuesday. "I wouldn’t worry too much about it until it gets pretty close to game time."

The Patriots practice in these elements on a daily basis and know exactly to prepare themselves for these games. The Chargers on the other hand, will have to figure that out for themselves pretty quickly on Sunday.

Even though it likely will not snow, weather will still play a factor in the game.

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