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Chiefs feel prepared for the very cold weather expected against Dolphins

Forecasters say that it will be extremely cold when Kansas City hosts Miami on Saturday night.

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Frigid is one word to describe the weather forecast for this Saturday night’s Wild Card matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins. Saturday’s high is projected to be just 10° — and temperatures are expected to fall well below zero by Sunday morning.

Does the Chiefs’ experience with the Midwest’s colder weather give them an advantage over the Dolphins?

“Absolutely,” declared Kansas City right tackle Jawaan Taylor, who speaks from experience. While with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2022, he started in the team’s Divisional round playoff game in Kansas City — when temperatures were barely above freezing.

“It was very cold for us — and none of us were used to it,” recalled the Florida native. “So it’s a huge advantage for the cold teams.”

But head coach Andy Reid doesn’t want to rely on the Dolphin’s inexperience with colder temperatures.

“I don’t think you bank on all that,” said Reid. “That’s where you get into trouble. The guys are pretty resilient, so you get yourselves ready.”

Linebacker Willie Gay Jr. believes he has been in Kansas City long enough to be ready.

“I’ll be here four years,” he said. “I’m used to it.”

Meanwhile, second-year cornerback Trent McDuffie is just grateful that it’s taken this long for the really cold weather to arrive.

“We’ve been blessed out here; it’s been great through December. I think KC finally woke up,” he said with a laugh. “You kind of just get through it. I don’t think there’s anything you can do to get through some zero degree, minus-two degree weather.”

Defensive tackle Chris Jones remains focused on the task at hand.

“I think we’re in the playoffs — [and] I think we’re grateful for that,” said Jones. “We know what’s at stake. It could be minus-13 degree weather. I think we’re just excited to be here with this opportunity ahead of us.”

A self-proclaimed “snow game guy,” quarterback Patrick Mahomes is actually looking forward to Saturday’s weather.

“What could be better [than] playing playoff football [in] January at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium?” he asked.

Still, Mahomes’ comfort with cold weather games is an acquired skill.

“I grew up in Texas — and didn’t get any games like this,” he noted. “I honestly kind of appreciate it. It’s kind of cool to be at a stadium like this [in] the cold weather; you know you’re really playing football.

“At the end of the day, you go out there and play. If you win, you can call yourself a ‘snow game guy’.”

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