AFC title game to be played under ‘super blood wolf moon’
The Kansas City Chiefs play host to the New England Patriots late Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium in the AFC Championship Game.
Adding a somewhat eerie mood to the game, the darkening skies above the stadium will feature a celestial event that astronomers refer to as a “super blood wolf moon.” The colorful moniker is inspired by how the moon will turn a deep red during a total lunar eclipse later in the evening, something that will occur well after the game should be concluded.
Sunday January 20 as the Patriots-Chiefs game ends, a #LunarEclipse will begin. This will be only the second time an @NFL game was played during a lunar eclipse. What was the other? (Unfortunately it was under a dome and so fans couldn't readily see it). pic.twitter.com/SUb0YWDi25— Dean Regas (@DeanRegas) January 14, 2019
Kickoff for the AFC title game showdown between the Pats and Chiefs is set for 5:40 p.m. CT. The first phase of the total eclipse will begin at 8:36 p.m. — the penumbral phase as it is known — will be playing out in the heavens with the game still being played, in all likelihood.
For what it’s worth, the lunar event will hit totality between 10:41 p.m. and 11:43 p.m., which is when the moon will take on the aforementioned “super blood wolf” coloring. The cosmic spectacle of course will occur after the game has long since been concluded … barring extremely bizarre and/or unforeseen circumstances.
Of course, the AFC Championship Game already is set to be impacted by an “arctic blast” that is projected descend upon the Midwest, creating frigid, record-setting conditions at Arrowhead.
National Weather Service is projecting an arctic blast to settle over Kansas City for Sunday's AFC Championship Game vs Patriots, reports the @AP_NFL . Temperatures at kickoff could range from 10 degrees to well below zero, making it the coldest game in Arrowhead Stadium history.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2019
Quite the setup for what should be a memorable evening in Kansas City, and that’s before having the game impacted by an arctic blast and haunted by a super blood wolf moon. Crazy stuff.