Football Forecast: Browns playing in cold and calm conditions

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The temperature was 27 degrees. The wind chill factor made it feel like it was 20 degrees at kick-off at Heinz Field on Jan. 5, 2003 at 1:01 p.m.

18 years ago Pittsburgh picked up 0.6 inches of snow the last time Cleveland Browns faced the Steelers in a playoff game.

William Green scored the first touchdown for the Browns, but Pittsburgh came back to win 36-33 in the fourth.

The temperature was 40 degrees at kickoff the last time the Browns won a playoff game. The Browns beat the Patriots in Cleveland on Jan 1, 1995. There was 0.07 inches of precipitation with a trace of snow.

Kickoff tonight is at 8:15 p.m. on WDTN. The temperature in Pittsburgh will be 33 degrees with calm wind and little wind chill. Cloud coverage will increase throughout the game with no precipitation.

Ohio State will be much warmer tomorrow for the College Football Playoff Championship game in Miami Gardens, Florida.

The last time Ohio State won the National Championship was in Arlington Texas. It was colder than the normal high which is 56 degrees. On Jan. 12, 2015 the high was 44 degrees and the low was 35 degrees. There was just a trace of rain, but that doesn’t really matter because the game is played indoors.

In 2003 the Buckeyes won the National Championship in Tempe, Arizona at the Fiesta Bowl. The high was 79 degrees on Jan. 3. It’s not quite as humid in the desert as it is in Florida.

Last year the Buckeyes lost to Clemson at the Fiesta Bowl when the high was 55 degrees on Dec 28, 2019.

The high was 69 degrees in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl win on Jan 1, 2021. Again this is inside a dome, so the outdoor weather doesn’t impact the game.

The late start to the season meant Ohio State played during the colder months. There was a high recorded at 72 degree in Columbus on Nov. 11. Ohio State defeated the Rutgers 49-27. The game started at 7:30 p.m. so the temperature was in the mid to lower 60s by then.

The last time Ohio State started a game around 70 degrees was Oct. 5, 2019. The high was 76 in Columbus. The Buckeyes beat the Rutgers 56-21.

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