- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to face the Detroit Lions on Sunday evening
- Bowles was puzzled after being asked about weather ahead of an indoor game
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles was left baffled after being asked by a reporter about combatting the cold in Detroit this weekend – despite the fact their NFL playoff game will be held indoors.
The Bucs are set to face the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday evening after dismantling the Philadelphia Eagles 32-9 to reach the Divisional Round of this season’s playoffs.
Weather proved one of the biggest talking points of the Wild Card Round, with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins competing in a freezing wind chill of -30 degrees last weekend – one of the coldest NFL games in history.
The Buffalo Bills’ clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers was also postponed and moved from Sunday to Monday amid a dangerous snowstorm in New York.
Bucs coach Todd Bowles was left baffled after being asked by a reporter about combatting the cold in Detroit – despite their NFL playoff game being held indoors
The Lions have played their home games in a dome since 1975, moving to Ford Field (pictured) in 2002 after 37 years at the indoor Pontiac Silverdome
As a result, one reporter decided to quiz Bowles about the prospect of playing in 13 degrees in Detroit on Sunday, a far cry from the 60-degree heat of Tampa.
Yet embarrassingly, they had forgotten one crucial detail when fielding the question: the Lions have played football in a dome since 1975.
‘You do know we play indoors right? They got a dome,’ Bowles told the reporter.
After looking puzzled, the Bucs coach then added: ‘No, nothing planned. We’re indoors. We only have to be outside for 20 seconds getting off the bus and going under the thing. So we’ll be ok.’
The Lions have been in a dome at Ford Field since its opening in 2002, having previously played their home games at the indoor Pontiac Silverdome for 37 years.
Thus, any potential cold weather in Detroit will not be significant for Bowles and his team.
Ford Field is expected to provide a climate-controlled 70 degrees on Sunday, with the Lions and the Bucs set to go head to head at 3pm for a place in the Conference Championships.