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Thursday, September 5, 2013
A 70-degree difference for Ravens, Broncos

By Jamison Hensley

When the Baltimore Ravens begin their title defense on Thursday night, the kickoff temperature will be 83 degrees, according to The Weather Channel. That's a major change from the last time the Ravens were in the Mile High area. Actually, it's a 70-degree change.

Eight months ago, the kickoff temperature for the AFC divisional playoff game was 13 degrees, the second-coldest start to a home game in Broncos history. By halftime, it dropped to 9 degrees with a minus-3 windchill.

The coldest it will get for the game Thursday night is 75 degrees, and there's only a 20 percent chance of rain (the last time, it was a 20 percent chance of snow). So, weather won't be a factor in the rematch, although Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning probably prefers the warmer weather given the fact he played most of his career in a climate-controlled dome.