On this day in 1982, the Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers met in the AFC Championship game at Riverfront Stadium. It would be the coldest game in NFL history—the air temperature was −9 °F, but 27 mile-per-hour gusts drove the wind chill factor to −37 °F. San Diego running back Hank Bauer recalled, “when I came out of that tunnel… man, [the wind] just hit you like someone threw 100 knives at you.”
Although the Bengals crushed the Chargers 40-17 in week 10, anticipation for the game was high as San Diego featured three future Hall of Famers (Dan Fouts, Charlie Joiner and Kellen Winslow) and Cincinnati quarterback Ken Anderson was the top-rated passer in the NFL and won both the MVP and Comeback Player of the Year award. The Bengals won “The Freezer Bowl” 27-7 but went on to lose Super Bowl XVI to the San Francisco 49ers, 26-21.
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