The Patriots and Chiefs will already play their conference championship tilt this weekend in the middle of an arctic blast. Now, as if the game needed any more environmental phenomenons, a rare lunar eclipse is also predicted to occur towards the end of the AFC Championship Game.
As fans exit Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, they will be able to look up and see only the second lunar eclipse to ever occur during an NFL football game:
Sunday January 20 as the Patriots-Chiefs game ends, a #LunarEclipse will begin. This will be only the second time an @NFL game was played during a lunar eclipse. What was the other? (Unfortunately it was under a dome and so fans couldn't readily see it). pic.twitter.com/SUb0YWDi25
— Dean Regas (@DeanRegas) January 14, 2019
Of course, there’s no way to determine whether the Chiefs fans looking skyward in the fourth quarter will be feeling jubilant, or defeated. If the Chiefs defeat the hated Patriots and advance to their first Super Bowl in 50 years, then the moon will likely assume the status of a demigod across the state of Missouri.
Having turned not “blood-red,” but Chiefs red, as a testament to their victory.
If they lose, then the moon will take on some cursed status. Regarded by KC natives with the type of scorn they typically reserve for barbecue from other places.
In any event, the Twitter meme’s should be fantastic.
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