Now in his 14th season, the Steelers captain and his teammates on the NFL’s top-ranked defense plan to be sleeveless for their AFC Championship Game against the Jets at 6:30 p.m. today tonight in Heinz Field. AccuWeather’s forecast calls for a game-time temperature of 16 degrees with a wind chill that will make it feel like 10 degrees.
“No sleeves all the time, man,” said Steelers free safety Ryan Clark, calling long sleeves under the uniform “a sign of weakness.”
The NFC Championship game in Chicago will be extremely cold, too: The Weather Channel says the high in Chicago on Sunday is 20 degrees. None of the four remaining teams should be fazed, though. This year’s final four playoff teams are all from cold areas. Last week there were scenarios in which the NFC Championship could have been in Seattle (which has a high of 52 degrees today) or Atlanta, but those turned out not to be the case. Anyway, the Steelers will be wearing special clothing and will have heaters on their benches. If you’re heading out to the game, dress well.