1981 AFC Championship Game: Chargers vs. Bengals | "The Freezer Bowl" | NFL Full Game

The NFL presents the 1981 “The Freezer Bowl” between the San Diego Chargers & Cincinnati Bengals!

16:48 Bengals Force Fumble on Kickoff

18:26 K. Anderson 8-yard TD Pass to Harris

33:46 D. Fouts 33-yard TD Pass to K. Winslow

40:23 P. Johnson 1-yard TD Run

46:38 D. Fouts Intercepted by Breeden

53:23 D. Fouts Intercepted by Kemp

1:01:57 Chargers Fumble in Bengal Territory

1:17:54 Bengals Fumble in Chargers Territory

1:36:44 K. Anderson 3-yard TD Pass to D. Bass

1:47:21 Chargers Stop Bengals on Fourth Down to Ice the Freezer Bowl

The 1981 AFC Championship, better known as “The Freezer Bowl”, was played at -9 degree temperatures and 35 miles-per-hour wind gusts. The weather and the Bengals defense proved to be too tough an obstacle for the San Diego Charger’s powerful “Air Coryell” offense, being held to just six points. The victory also sent Cincinnati to their first ever Super Bowl appearance.
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50 Comments

  1. Scott Hadley on March 10, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Was there with my dad. We brought sleeping bags to sit in. It was windy up where we were sitting. My dad’s face was covered in ice. Nobody was getting beers and going to the toilet. Too cold to move.

  2. Xxxx Big Rich on March 10, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    I miss those old games I was a freshman in high school that season. Back when it was allowed to smoke cigarettes in the sidelines and as a fan in the seats😂👌🏽

  3. hazelwood55 on March 10, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Gregg played in Green Bay and coached in the Canadian Football League. Gregg had the Bengals much better prepared for the cold.

  4. Stu Gierach on March 10, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    amazing that they don’t use any 3 or 4 wide receiver sets?

  5. Jeffrey Beshears on March 10, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Rip olsen enberg muncie coryell etc

  6. C G on March 10, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    The 1981 NFL post season was fantastic.

  7. MR. BIG on March 10, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    I believe Dan Fouts had gotten frost bite on one hand.

  8. ALF Raydough on March 10, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    This game alone should have been the Entrance to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for Ken Anderson. I’d love to see current QBs play in horrendous conditions like this game was.

  9. Jason Stewart on March 10, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Go from scorching heat, double overtime, to the frozen tundra!

  10. Michael Logan on March 10, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    The Chargers smoked the Bengals the following season on Monday Night Football

  11. Jo mic on March 10, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    the year b4 a California team went to Ohio in January and won

  12. Keith Clark on March 10, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    A team from southern California travels to South Beach to play in the humidity of Miami…. then travel to an ICE BOX

  13. Levent Ahmed on March 10, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    I remember wathing this game wondering how they could possibly play

  14. Action Man on March 10, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Bengals came so close to beating the 49rs in the super bowl

  15. Eric Martens on March 10, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    The following Sunday January 17, 1982 is known as “Cold Sunday” because it was the coldest day in North America in recorded history. 1982 was a very cold winter.

  16. Michael Logan on March 10, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    The day I had to move out of my home in Cincinnati

  17. kendall Evans on March 10, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Bolts were at their best when Gene Klein was owner and Coryell was coach. Spanos SUCKED!

  18. Carlton cherry jr on March 10, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    can we see the superbowl of the 49ers vs bengals great game,Montana and Clark.

  19. Jeremy Thompson on March 10, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Cincinnati isn’t exactly a warm weather locale but when you think of conditions like this usually a place like Green Bay, Buffalo, or Minnesota(before the dome was built) comes to mind before Cincinnati does. Minus 59 degrees is to the point of being dangerously cold temperatures. Alot of the snowflake primadonnas in the league nowadays would probably refuse to play in these conditions

  20. Jim Stark on March 10, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Lets see the lingerie league women top these conditions!

  21. Person Of Interest on March 10, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Chuck Muncie fumbled? Nah…..

  22. James Tressler on March 10, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Those Chargers always were numb nuts in big games.

  23. blaine child on March 10, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    The thing said -59 degrees!!! That’s damn cold!!

  24. bart simpson on March 10, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    The chargers would have won this game in better weather. The super bowl would have been better against the niners

  25. Jon Boxleitner on March 10, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Forrest Gregg played in the Ice Bowl and coached in the Freezer Bowl. What a life.

  26. Spencer K. Poon on March 10, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    LOOKS COLD

  27. NFL on March 10, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    16:48 Bengals Force Fumble on Kickoff

    18:26 K. Anderson 8-yard TD Pass to Harris

    33:46 D. Fouts 33-yard TD Pass to K. Winslow

    40:23 P. Johnson 1-yard TD Run

    46:38 D. Fouts Intercepted by Breeden

    53:23 D. Fouts Intercepted by Kemp

    1:01:57 Chargers Fumble in Bengal Territory

    1:17:54 Bengals Fumble in Chargers Territory

    1:36:44 K. Anderson 3-yard TD Pass to D. Bass

    1:47:21 Chargers Stop Bengals on Fourth Down to Ice the Freezer Bowl

  28. conlanding on March 10, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    The Bengals (12-4) beat the Chargers (10-6) 40-17 in the regular season that gave the Bengals that head to head tiebreaker giving them the right to host this game.

  29. Unknown 1081 on March 10, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    The Chargers went from summer (in Miami) to winter (in Cincinnati–and the fact that it was Astroturf at Riverfront Stadium didn’t help), which is probably one of the reasons they lost…

  30. What about Rob? on March 10, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Dan Fouts looks like a rookie throwing into triple coverage on the outside.

  31. Joe Leicht on March 10, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Don Coryell – an offensive genius, but very lax at teaching discipline and execution. Whether it was with the Cardinals (1973-1977) or the Chargers (1978 – 1984,) his teams turned the ball over way too much and took many stupid penalties.

  32. Dave Wesley on March 10, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    I was 10 when I watched this game .

  33. Walt Gekko on March 10, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    A game that had Rolf Benirshcke, who later would take over from Pat Sajak as host of the daytime version of "Wheel of Fortune" for its final year or so on NBC before that version moved to CBS in 1989.

  34. mohawk102 on March 10, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Who Dey!!!

  35. Conner Broeker on March 10, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Back when football players died at 35 from head injuries

  36. gee skin on March 10, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Would love to watch this game narrated by the great John facenda just hear him say "the frozen tundra"

  37. Randy Blythe on March 10, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Bobby Kemp #26 was a beast. RIP

  38. Mr. Beev on March 10, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    I can’t fathom going to regular season games anymore…last one I went to was the Ravens at the 49ers, December 03. I can’t even imagine how this one must have been!

  39. Walt Gekko on March 10, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    What few know is had a delay of game penalty on 4th down against the Bills the week before in the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Bengals gone the Bills way this game would have been in San Diego instead of being what in many ways was a game in many ways far worse than "The Ice Bowl" in terms of brutal conditions (while the temperature at kickoff of the 1967 Cowboys-Packers classic was -15F and the temp at kickoff of this game was -8F, the wind chill was not much different in Green Bay whereas for this game it was -59F with at its worst -70F or worse). The only games this bad since there were the 2007 NFC Championship between the Giants and Packers (+1F at kickoff in the coldest night game in NFL history) at Lambeau and the 2015 NFC Wild Card game between the Seahawks and Vikings in TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus (last outdoor game for the Vikings who were using it temporarily while US Bank Stadium was being built) where the temp at kickoff was -6F.

  40. Salvatore Perez on March 10, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Cincy destroyed the chargers heaters

  41. Michael Barlow on March 10, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    The 1981 AFC Championship game between the San Diego Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals should have been postponed by the NFL until the temperature in Cincinnati had at least gotten warmer to the point where the players would not have experienced any long-term damage to their health from the cold weather. That game was played during bitter cold conditions in which the temperature (with the wind chill factor) was 59 degrees below zero ! Some of the players after the game sadly had to later have some of their toes amputated from frostbite damage.

  42. hitman on March 10, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    boggles the mind that the Coryell Fouts Chargers never won a Super Bowl, they had a really good team in 1981 but had the misfortune of playing in the freezer bowl. men are men and they’re going to play hard but still Cincy has a psychological advantage. side note – funny how Merlin mentioned the criticism of the Bengals uniform change at the time, but they went from the crappiest helmet to one of the best I always thought.

  43. LT9856 on March 10, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    San Diego lost the game the moment they walked out of the locker room.

  44. The Empire Strikes Out on March 10, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Couldn’t even beat the Ben-gay Ben-gals.

  45. Jeffrey Beshears on March 10, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    Time machine plz. I was 10 watching this at my grandmas

  46. Dan Gardiner on March 10, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Nothing like playing on a concrete rug when it’s -59 below outside wind chill.

  47. Felix Morales on March 10, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    If the Dolphins would’ve beaten the Chargers the prior week, would this game have been played in Cincinnati or Miami?

  48. Your Royal Highness on March 10, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Had the weather not been so hostile towards the team from Southern California I think we might have had a Chargers-49ers Super Bowl.

  49. What about Rob? on March 10, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Winslow is a baby @ 54:20.

  50. Martin Mendoza on March 10, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Well, Due To The Temperature Being At -9 & The Wind Chill At -59, The Astroturf Feels Like Concrete & If Ya Try To Catch A Football In These Conditions, It’ll Feel Like You’re Catching A Brick!!!

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