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Super Bowl date change possible due to extreme weather, polar vortex

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Super Bowl date change possible? Perhaps, if Mother Nature has anything to say about it. With Super Bowl 48 between Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos and Russell Wilson's Seattle Seahawks scheduled for Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium, organizers of the NFL's biggest game say the date for the 2014 Super Bowl could change due to extreme weather, citing a Jan. 24 ABCLocal news report.

Yes, Super Bowl 48's date could change if current weather forecasting models stay on track for frigid cold temperatures and/or heavy snow.

Changing the date of the Super Bowl would be a first ever move in the NFL since the Green Bay Packers (NFL) beat the Kansas City Chiefs (AFL) 35-10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 15, 1967.

Businessweek wrote that the incoming arctic blast could make Super Bowl 2014 the coldest ever . That's why Commissioner Roger Goodell is prepared to change the date of the Super Bowl and make the big game earlier or later, particularly if a blizzard or extreme polar vortex slams the area.

Our game is to experience the elements. It's part of what we do. It's part of football, and I believe that's part of our history," added the NFL commissioner on the history of cold games.

This could make for a Super Bowl Friday or Saturday . And it gets worse: We could be looking at a Super Bowl Monday if weather conditions plummet.

"We don't have a crystal ball on weather, but we're confident we'll be able to have our events," said Eric Grubman, executive VP, NFL.

With over half a billion dollars in revenue to New Jersey and New York on the line, officials are at def-con levels and plan for all contingencies. For instance, on Wednesday, about 1,000 workers dug out more than 13 inches of snow from the stands at Metlife Stadium. Imagine that?

Heck, with the Super Bowl date change possible, Seahawks' Richard Sherman has a lot more trash-talking to do ahead of kickoff.

Triva : The coldest Super Bowl ever was played between the Dallas Cowboys (24) and Miami Dolphins (3) on January 16, 1972. The temperature at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, La. was 39 degrees (with wind chill).

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