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01/30/2014 09:40 am ET | Updated Mar 20, 2014

Here's Why A Cold Weather Super Bowl Means Way More Than Just Freezing Fans (INFOGRAPHIC)

Get ready for a super-frigid Super Bowl. When the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos face off in New Jersey this Sunday, they may be facing below-freezing temperatures in the first-ever game to be played in a cold-weather stadium. The game day forecast calls for a low of 26 degrees and high of 46 degrees.

Brrrr.

For fans, the low temps mean giant parkas -- and maybe frozen beer. What will the chill mean for players and the game itself?

The cold "hardens the ball and stiffens players hands, making catching more difficult and fumbles more common," Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats, told The Huffington Post in an email. Increased air density may make field goals unusually tricky, he said, adding, "For some reason cold weather slows the game down--there are fewer plays per game."

Check out the infographic below for more game-changers chilly weather can bring.

See the full-size image here.

Infographic by Jan Diehm for the Huffington Post.

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