NFL: Super Bowl players braced for chilly game

Peyton Manning (18) stretches at practice with Demaryius Thomas. Photo / AP
Peyton Manning (18) stretches at practice with Demaryius Thomas. Photo / AP

Forecasters predict the coldest Super Bowl and a chance of rain or even snow at Monday's National Football League title showdown, but players say they don't fear sub-freezing conditions.

The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks arrived in suburban New York to prepare for Super Bowl 48, the first outdoor cold-weather clash in the NFL Super Bowl era that began in 1967.

"We're not really concerned," said Denver safety David Bruton. "We have played numerous cold games.

"I've had my share of cold. So I'm just slapping on the Warm Skin (lotion) and Vaseline - something to act as an insulator - and go out there and play. I'll wear thicker gloves, but that's about it."

The coldest Super Bowl was played in 4C in New Orleans in 1972, but Monday's high is set to reach only 3C and is likelier to be near the projected low of -3C for the night-time kickoff, with a 30 per cent chance of rain or snow.

Super Bowls have been typically staged in palm-tree climates such as Miami or San Diego, or in domed stadiums when northern cities such as Indianapolis, Minneapolis or Detroit have hosted.

"You can't let the weather play a part in executing the game plan," Bruton said.

"We're just going to have to go out there and execute no matter how cold it is.

"It's the Super Bowl. It's going to be rocking. Nobody's going to really care."

The Seahawks have tried to stress they will do the same things that put them in the Super Bowl no matter the distractions.

"Our mentality is strong," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.

"We know how to play in games like this."

NFL team owners voted in 2010 to have the game played in New York, with one notion being that a successful Big Apple appearance could open doors for future cold weather Super Bowls.

"There are some unique aspects to this and I think that appealed to our membership," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. "Innovation is a big part of our initiative."

Rocky Mountain chills are common for the Broncos in the winter months.

"We're definitely weatherproof," said Broncos tackle Orlando Franklin.

"We live in a cold city. We definitely are used to a lot of different things."

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is confident because the team has played and worked out in the cold for weeks, even though wind and snow could play havoc with Denver's record-setting precision passing attack.

- AFP

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