Football in the Wind

Cross winds can make it hard for quarterbacks to make accurate passes and for kickers to complete field goals and extra point attempts. In windy conditions, teams decrease the amount of passing done and use their run game to score points.

In 2005, San Francisco kicker Joe Nedney tried for a 52-yard field goal against the Chicago Bears. The winds during the game were sustained at 28 mph, with gusts to 38 mph. The ball ended up hanging in the wind and was caught by the Bears’ Nathan Vasher, who ran the ball 108-yards for a touchdown.