The Snowplow Game: Dec. 12, 1982

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By WXedge Staff on December 12, 2012, 11:55am Last modified: December 14, 2012, 12:06am

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A nor'easter caused trouble for a National Football League (NFL) game between the Miami Dophins and New England Patriots in Foxborough, M.A. on December 12th, 1982.

Rain soaked the field on the day before the game. As colder air moved in, the already wet ground iced over and snow began to fall. Heavy snow throughout the game led to an "emergency ground rule...the officials could call time-out, and allow the ground grew to use a snowplow to clear the yard markers." [link

With rough field conditions, neither team scored throughout the majority of the game. Several field goal attempts were missed, partially due to the slippery field conditions. However, in the final minutes of the game, the Patriots had a 33 yard field goal attempt. A snowplow operator was ordered to clear a spot on the field to set up the field goal kick. Despite the move, this was deemed a legal move and the Patriots went on to make the field goal, giving them a 3-0 advantage. The final score in the game was 3-0.

The move was protested as Miami coach Don Shula felt it gave the Patriots an unfair advantage in the game. The call stood and the final score of the game was not changed. Another interesting angle of the story is that a reported convict  Mark Henderson, was the driver of the snowplow. One newspaper headline read, "Convict Helps Patriots Slip by Dolphins, 3-0."

Courtesy to The Weather Channel for the content of the video.

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