"You just can't assemble the stage and break it down fast enough in the cold," an unnamed "planning official" told the Post.
Further, the argument went, if a blackout could happen during the second half in balmy New Orleans, why take chances of something worse going down in East Rutherford?
Fear not, says the NFL.
"We've planned for it, we've mapped it out, and there will be a pregame and a halftime show," NFL spokeswoman Brian McCarthy said, as reported in the New York Daily News.
His tweet on the subject: "re: erroneous reports #SB48 halftime show next year. Chill out. pregame & halftime shows in-stadium."
That settles it, right? The NFL's tougher than any Northeast winter weather, no doubt?
Philadelphia has reason to scoff.
On Dec. 26, 2010, the league released the following statement:
"Due to public safety concerns in light of today's snow emergency in Philadelphia, tonight's Vikings-Eagles game has been postponed. Because of the uncertainty of the extent of tonight's storm and its aftermath, the game will be played on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. This will allow sufficient time to ensure that roads, parking lots and the stadium are fully cleared."
The 11.6 inches of snow that day wasn't even a record for that date in Philadelphia - and that same storm dumped 20.2 inches on New York City.
In the last 10 years, Central Park in New York City has had more than a foot of snow seven times: 26.9 inches Feb. 11-12, 2006; 20.9 inches Feb. 25-26, 2010; 20.2 inches Dec. 26-27, 2010; 19.8 inches Feb. 16-17, 2003; 19.0 inches Jan. 26-27, 2011; 14.0 inches Dec. 5-7, 2003; and 13.8 inches, Jan. 22-23, 2005.
Sure the show must go on?
Not if the game's in jeopardy.
The New York Post story also delved into the bad-weather worries around the 2014 Super Bowl: "While record numbers of plows and tons of rock salt are already being reserved, local officials have reminded the league that the game could be impossible to play in the case of a blizzard or ice storm, a source said."
What if airports are shut down? What if the teams can't get there? Would a postponed game be played the next day or the next week? the source asked.
Plan B for the halftime show, in case of a horrible forecast, could always be to hold it indoors, like at Madison Square Garden - or even another city - and televise it to everyone inside or outside the stadium.
Games have been played in the snow before, after all.
Don't expect fans to be happy forced to watch from their hotel rooms after forking out big bucks for travel and tickets.
"The NFL is freaking out about these issues because they've never done a cold-weather Super Bowl," one of those sources told the Post.
Of course, it could also be sunny and in the 60s.
Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or firstname.lastname@example.org.