In the frigid Wild Card playoff clash on Saturday night between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., the extreme cold took center stage as Andy Reid’s mustache literally froze, garnering viral attention during the game with icicles forming on it.
Amidst the icy conditions, jokes circulated about Reid’s frozen mustache, which was hardly surprising given the bone-chilling weather. The temperature at kickoff plunged to -4 degrees, reaching -7 degrees by halftime.
This kickoff temperature tied for the fourth-lowest in NFL history, with the infamous 1967 Ice Bowl between the Cowboys and Packers still holding the record at -13 degrees.
As the AFC wild-card matchup progressed, even the dedicated Arrowhead Stadium fans began their departure halfway through the fourth quarter, not as a sign of defeat, but rather as a response to the extreme cold. With the Chiefs comfortably leading by three possessions, the temperature had dropped to a staggering -8 degrees Fahrenheit, accompanied by a brutal wind chill of -28 — even colder than the already harsh conditions at kickoff.
The Chiefs secured a wire-to-wire victory, triumphing 26-7 over the Dolphins in a game where the defense dominated, the offense performed admirably, and kicker Harrison Butker set a Chiefs postseason record with four field goals.
In the midst of such extreme elements, peculiar sights like frozen mustaches became part of the unforgettable narrative of this playoff clash.