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Old Man Winter frosts NFL fields with snow, ice

Associated Press

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Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles warms up as snow falls before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Fans covered with snow wait in the stands before an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen (28) breaks up a pass intended for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace (11) during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws to a receiver as snow falls in the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (88) dances into the end zone on a five-yard touchdown pass play during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
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Philadelphia Eagles personnel clear snow before an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz walks the sidelines as snow falls during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Winter weather hit NFL gridirons in the East on Sunday, blanketing some playing fields with snow and causing sloppy conditions for players.


In Philadelphia, snow began falling two hours before the Lions-Eagles kickoff, and intensified after the game started. Workers used shovels and hand-held blowers to clear off yard lines. The Eagles won, 34-20.


In Pittsburgh, the warm-weather Dolphins didn’t let the cold and snow slow them down in their march to a 34-28 win over the Steelers.


Before the Vikings-Ravens game in Baltimore, small tractors with plows and workers with shovels tried to clear the snow, to no avail. After the snow let up, tractors moved it from between the hash marks and shovels cleared the yard lines. The Ravens held off the Vikes, 29-26.




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