Patriots downplay cold weather being factor vs. Chiefs: Give us a ball and a field and we’ll be there

Ryan Hannable
January 15, 2019 - 5:28 pm

FOXBORO -- It will be cold Sunday in Kansas City for the AFC championship game -- so cold, it could be the coldest game ever at Arrowhead Stadium.

As of now, the forecast calls for a high of just 13 degrees and since the game is set for 5:40 p.m. local time, it will be even colder than that, as temperatures will likely be in the single digits.

This was a big topic of conversation Tuesday at Gillette Stadium, but every player who spoke agreed it's not going to matter come game time.

Here's a sampling.

Duron Harmon: “For us, I mean no factor. It’s going to be cold, but at the end of the day you have to play football. You have to tackle. You have to catch the ball. You have to block. You have to run. You have to do everything you can to win the game. For us, you just have to block that cold out. At the end of the day, you might not get the opportunity to be in this game again. You don’t want to think about it down the road that you let the cold affect how you play. It’s going to be cold. They are going to be cold. Everybody is going to be cold, but the guys that withstand it and are mentally tough enough to get through it and fight through it and help their team win is going to be the team that stands at the end.”

Dont'a Hightower: "From my experience, there’s not really much you can do with the cold. But, as far as the actual temperature, like Trey [Flowers] and Bill [Belichick] said it best, give us a ball and a field and we’ll be there. I’m sure it’s going to be a great environment. I’m sure the cold is going to be part of it, but we’re just looking forward to getting out there and competing."

Phillip Dorsett: “I don’t know. I don’t think it will be much of a factor because it’s not like we’re playing in 10 [degrees] and they’re playing in 50 [degrees]; we’re both playing in the same temperatures so we both have got to adjust and both have to be ready for it.”

This is the Patriots' eighth straight trip to the AFC title game, but only two have been played on the road -- both losses.

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