Today’s AFC Championship game will be yet another chapter in the historic Peyton Manning – Tom Brady rivalry. Unlike last week, Denver’s weather should not be a factor as the Mile High City will enjoy weather more like fall than mid-winter.
The calendar may say January 19 but today’s weather in the Mile High City will feel more like October 19. Temperatures are going to be unseasonably warm, far above the normal for the date of 44 degrees.
The record high temperature for today’s date is 68 degrees last set in 1986. Mercury readings in some locations, including near Sports Authority Field at Mile High, will come close to that mark.
For the 1:00 p.m. kickoff temperatures are going to be right near 64 degrees with sunny skies above. Breezy 10 mph winds, gusting to 16 mph will be possible.
Those speeds are a far cry from last week and while the wind will be felt, it shouldn’t be enough to have an impact on the game. The field should remain well-shielded from the wind as it will be hitting the closed end of the stadium.
By halftime the mercury will start to descend, but only slightly. 2:30 p.m. temperatures will be around 65 degrees. Winds will continue to be a bit gusty with speeds similar to what the game started with.
As the game comes to a close at around 4:00 p.m. winds will be easing. Temperatures by then will have dipped to about 61 degrees.
In the end, the story will come down to the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, not the weather. It looks to be a perfect day for football, one which will allow Manning and Brady to air it out at will should they choose to do so.
Denver Weather Examiner game prediction: Denver Broncos 34, New England Patriots 31.