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Revisiting the coldest Bears' home games

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Received a couple e-mails in regards to the story in Saturday's print/online edition where there was a chart with the coldest home games since 1963. Several readers wondered about the playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers in 1989, which radio analyst Tom Thayer said ranks as the coldest games he's ever played in.

Temperature at kickoff was 17 and 29 mph winds made the wind-chill factor minus-3. The chart used Saturday ranked the coldest games by weather, not wind-chill factor. That 28-3 loss to the Niners, which cost the Bears a trip to the Super Bowl, ranks as seventh-coldest Bears' home game since 1963 when using wind-chill factor.

It was one of the few games Thayer said he wore sleeves during.

"Yes, I am guilty," he joked. "I am an offensive lineman who wore sleeves for a couple games. I'm not proud of it, but I only did it for three or four games for sure. Nowadays, clothes are made so well and so tight, [there's a difference].''

It's expected to be in the low 20's at kickoff today and right now the goalposts are only showing a slight wind. You won't see the Bears' offensive linemen wearing long sleeves, no matter how cold it is. Center Olin Kreutz said it's a rule passed down by former right tackle James "Big Cat" Williams.

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