Bone-chilling temperatures and high winds could turn the Super Bowl into an unpredictable thriller for the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, according to Gary Anderson, a former four-time All Pro kicker for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"The weather conditions could, obviously, play a huge role in this Super Bowl," Anderson told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
The Broncos have been tipped by the odds makers to win Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J., on Feb. 2 — but anything is possible with Mother Nature spewing record cold temperatures this winter, Anderson believes.
"Obviously if you watch Peyton Manning and Denver's incredible passing prowess over the course of the season, it's a no-brainer," he said.
[But] that's not easy to do in miserable conditions in [MetLife] Stadium. I've been there many times myself."
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The Super Bowl is usually played indoors or in more temperate climates, but this year is different.
The polar vortex that has gripped the nation this winter has brought temperatures down into the low teens, and even lower with the wind-chill factor.
Anderson says it's never advisable to play football under teeth-chattering conditions.
"From a kicker's standpoint, I don't think it's a good idea but I have to say I was watching a little television last night and saw what that stadium looked like … with all sorts of people with big graters, moving snow and dozens of people up in the stands with shovels," he said.
"I'm not so sure the NFL is thinking it's a good idea right now, so hopefully the weather will be improving real rapidly between now and 10 days."
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