EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The first cold-weather Super Bowl turned out to be unseasonably warm.
The National Weather Service said that temperatures for Sunday's NFL title game at MetLife Stadium were 10 to 15 degrees above normal, and just nine degrees below the record high of 62 set in 1973.
It's certainly not what league owners expected in 2010 when they awarded the game to the Jets and Giants. The fears that snow, ice and frigid temperatures would detract from the game usually held in either warm-weather cities or in a domed stadium proved unfounded — at least by a day.
The snow is forecast Monday.
Some two hours before kickoff, it was 52 degrees and cloudy. Fans stood in the stands wearing Broncos and Seahawks jerseys, holding their jackets or hanging them over seats.
The coldest kickoff temperature in Super Bowl history was 39 degrees at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans for Super Bowl VI, when Dallas beat Miami 24-3.
The record was never challenged. The temperature was 49 at the kickoff, the NFL said. The weather service said it was 48 at the kickoff and only dropped three degrees lower when green confetti showered the field around 10 p.m. after the Seahawks' 43-8 rout.
"Considering the cold weather we have had at the end of January, I would say the people going to the game are pretty lucky," National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Pollina said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
The temperature was almost the same as it was in October in Boston when the Cardinals and Red Sox played in the World Series. The difference was it felt colder in Beantown because the winds ranged from 7-to-14 mph. The wind was calm in East Rutherford.
Rain was expected late in the night and it was expected to turn to snow, with 5-8 inches accumulating before ending Monday afternoon, meteorologist Pat Maloit after the game.