Weather in metropolitan area turned out perfect for the NFL

Fireworks burst over MetLife Stadium before Super Bowl Fireworks burst over MetLife Stadium before Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo Credit: AP / Seth Wenig

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The first "cold-weather Super Bowl" was not even the coldest Super Bowl.

After 44 months of questions and concerns about the possibility of snow, ice and/or wind affecting Super Bowl XLVIII, the NFL, the participating teams and the fans who turned out to watch them caught a break.

The temperature at kickoff was 49 degrees (with 4-mph winds), which means the game failed to break the still-record low of 39 for Super Bowl VI at New Orleans' Tulane Stadium.

The next-coldest Super Bowl before this year was in the same stadium three years later, at 46 degrees.

It was an especially fortunate turn of events given how much cold and snow has hit the region this season, and it prompted many wisecracks about the NFL's power over everything in its realm.

"This is what they do," ESPN's Chris Berman joked this past week as the weather forecast improved. "I want to be with them at the blackjack table. I want to ride them."

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And remember: That game in New Orleans in 1972 kicked off at 1:35 p.m. local time. At the equivalent time Sunday, it was in the mid-50s at MetLife Stadium, with minimal wind.

The warm midafternoon conditions made for a nicer day to spend several hours outside. Fans are let into the building far earlier for Super Bowls than for regular-season games.

After brief drizzle at about 3:30 p.m., the sun peeked out, but temperatures began to slide as a cold front drifted over the area. There also was a light rain during the halftime show.

Still, many of the extensive precautions the NFL and New York/New Jersey host committee took to ensure comfort for fans, journalists and stadium workers proved unnecessary.

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