Top 5 Snow Games in NFL History

As I look out my window today, not sure if it we’re at Ice Force 1 or DefCon 1. And this mini-blizzard reminds me, of course, of … football.


The Cowboys played in probably the NFL’s most famous snow(ish) game – the Ice Bowl. But it’s Friday and we’re snow giddy, so let’s not go there.

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Obviously snow + football in these parts = Leon Lett. The image of the defensive tackle inexplicably and clumsily attempting to cover a blocked field goal at a snow-covered Texas Stadium on Thanksgiving Day 1993 is, well, frozen into our memories.

With AT&T’s retractable roof, the chances of another snowmageddon Cowboys’ home game are quashed.

As you snuggle by the fire or before you attempt to navigate DFW’s treacherous roadways, let’s take a winter stroll down the NFL’s 5 most memorable snow games:

5. Lions at Eagles, 2013 – Snow so thick neither team attempted a field goal nor a PAT as LeSean McCoy plowed his way for 217 yards rushing.

4. Cardinals at Eagles, 1948 – Before the days of TV and mechanized equipment, this NFL Championship Game was delayed for an hour while workers – and players from both teams – finally dragged the snow-weighted tarp from the field.

3. Dolphins at Patriots, 1982 – Don Shula shivered in protest as New England won, 3-0, on John Smith’s field goal from a clear swath of field cleared by a convicted convict out of prison on a work-release program.

2. Dolphins at Cowboys, 1993 – Leon. Lett. Ugh.

1. Raiders at Patriots, 2002 – Tom Brady fumbled in the snow, but the Tuck Rule saved him and New England’s dramatic playoff win.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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