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Friday, December 6, 2013
Cowboys get ready for cold weather

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- While the Dallas Cowboys practice Friday at Highland Park High School in Dallas due to the icy fields at their practice facility, the game on Monday night against the Chicago Bears won't get moved from Soldier Field.

The game-time temperatures are expected to be 12 degrees with a 10 percent chance of precipitation. If that temperature holds, it would be the coldest game in franchise history, beating the previous mark of a 16 degree game at St. Louis in 1963. (Cowboys did win, 28-24).

The coldest game the Cowboys' have played in this season was Nov. 24 in East Rutherford, N.J., when they defeated the New York Giants. The game-time temperature that day was 25 degrees with a wind chill at 18. It didn't appear the Cowboys had any problems dealing with the weather that day as evidenced by a 24-21 victory sealed by Dan Bailey's game-winning 35-yard field goal at the buzzer.

"It's just the conditions that we're playing in," coach Jason Garrett said of the weather. "That was a good experience for our team to go up there and function the way we did and kinda draw on that experience. But this will be a new experience Monday night and you've got to be mentally tough enough to focus on the task at hand and deal with the elements in the game."