Patrick Mahomes and Rashee Rice were dialed in despite the cold in the Chiefs’ game against the Dolphins, while Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami offense froze up.
Kelce delivered a much-improved performance, totaling seven receptions for 71 yards, after a mixed season for the tight end.
Saturday night’s game was the fourth-coldest in NFL history, with bitter wind chills that made it feel even colder at kickoff and intrepid fans bundled up in parkas, snow pants and ski goggles.
Saturday night’s game was the fourth-coldest in NFL history with bitter wind chills throughout
Some fans went shirtless, despite wind gusts making for a wind chill of a ridiculous -27 degrees
Intrepid fans bundled up in parkas, snow pants and ski goggles to stay warm in Kansas City
The temperature for the wild-card playoff game was -4 degrees and wind gusts up to 27 mph made for a wind chill of -27 degrees.
That shattered the record for the coldest game in Arrowhead Stadium history, which had been 1 degree, set in a 1983 game against Denver and matched in 2016 against Tennessee.
The coldest game in league history remains -13 for the 1967 NFL championship, when the Packers beat the Cowboys at Lambeau Field in a game that came to be known as the Ice Bowl. The wind chill that day was -48 degrees.
‘It was cold, I’m not going to lie. It was cold,’ Mahomes said afterwards. ‘At the end of the day, you have to be mentally tough enough that if something doesn’t work, I’m going to come back and keep firing.’
Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who was back at Arrowhead Stadium for his first game since Kansas City traded him away, walked out for pregame warmups wearing a short-sleeve shirt.
Chiefs linebacker Leo Chenal, who grew up in Wisconsin, arrived wearing shorts. Several other players, including Kelce, also had skin showing when the Chiefs took the field for their opening drive.
By the second quarter, Chiefs coach Andy Reid had icicles in his mustache. In the third, Mahomes had his helmet shattered on a hit from Miami safety DeShon Elliott.