Ice Bowl 2
The temperature at kickoff for the 49ers vs. Packers Wild Card playoff matchup is expected to be near zero degrees. Two hours after the game starts in Green Bay, a wind chill will be in effect with temperatures expected to be in the minus-teens.
To prepare for the cold the 49ers arrived in Green Bay on Friday. On Saturday, Jim Harbaugh had a walkthrough for his team on one of the Packers’ practice fields. Although the weather conditions did not match what is expected on Sunday, the 49ers players got a taste of the wind chill factor.
One area where the cold weather could affect the 49ers is in the passing game. In the couple of games Colin Kaepernick has played in cold weather he has fared well. But with football likely to be frozen like a rock most of the game and the wind being a factor batting down passes, Harbaugh could chose to call more running plays with Kap and Frank Gore. Footing could also be an issue for the 49ers offense with the frozen-tundra not providing a lot of traction.
The outcome will be determined by which team plays better in the fourth quarter more so than the temperature during the game. As Jim Harbaugh said this week, “football weather is any weather.”