Action at Arrowhead Stadium was heated when the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Miami Dolphins during the fourth coldest game in NFL history. At the start of the game, the temperature plunged to -4 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill of -20, but the temperature continued to drop throughout the game.
It proved too brutal for 69 fans who had to be treated at the stadium's seven aid stations. Of those fans, about 50% were treated for hypothermia symptoms.
Icicles could be seen hanging from Andy Reid's mustache as conditions continued to deteriorate during the game. During the fourth quarter, the only crew broadcasting the game reported that the temperatures had dropped to -9 degrees and felt like -28 degrees. Players huddled by field-side heaters while wearing heated jackets and sitting on heated benches, trying to endure the brutal conditions.
Officials with the Kansas City Fire Department, which operates the first aid stations, say they helped transport 15 patients to the hospital. Seven of those patients reported hypothermia symptoms, three had frostbite, and five had other health-related concerns.
Officials with the Kansas Health System have not released a statement on whether any patients were admitted or on the condition of any patients.
Kansas City's Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes took the weather conditions in stride. He told reporters, " What can be better? Playing football in January in Arrowhead Stadium is going to be cold. The adrenaline rush gives you that warmness that you're seeking and you have heaters on the sideline... People make it a big deal, but at the end of the day, you just go out there and play football."