The 49ers might actually benefit from a sloppy NFL weather game in the rain against the Buccaneers on Sunday, particularly if it benefits the defense.
The locals in Northern California probably welcome a few rain storms from time to time, particularly with the statewide drought that has taken place over the last few years.
However, if there’s an exception, it’s usually during a San Francisco 49ers football game.
While Sunday’s contest between the Niners and visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers might not feature the “atmospheric river” or “cyclone bomb” that hit Levi’s Stadium back in the early portion of the 2021 season against the Indianapolis Colts, there are still threats of rain for what should be a provocative game nonetheless.
Week 14’s bout will see quarterback Tom Brady return home to square off against his boyhood team, only the second time in his career he’s been able to play San Francisco in the Bay Area.
Lining up opposite him? None other than this year’s Mr. Irrelevant, rookie quarterback Brock Purdy, the last pick of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Brady and the Bucs offense haven’t been good this season, no. But a Purdy-led offense could be frustrating, too.
All that said, both teams’ defenses rank in the top five, Tampa Bay at No. 5 in scoring and the 49ers at No. 1 in fewest points allowed.
Usually, rainy NFL weather benefits the defense. So, loosely assuming, perhaps that means the better defense has the most benefit, right?
NFL weather: Forecast calls for possible rain during 49ers vs. Bucccaneers
Tailgaters, take note.
The NFL weather for Sunday’s tilt between the Niners and Buccaneers isn’t predicting a torrential downpour. But there is a 28 percent chance of rain at kickoff, and the percentage increases over the course of the game.
Skies will be cloudy with southwesterly winds of eight miles per hour.
Humidity will be 68 percent, while the kickoff temperature will be 53 degrees.
Simply put, and those in Northern California will know it, it’s chilly enough with some possible rain showers. Wear something that’s waterproof or you don’t mind getting a little damp.
As for the players? Well, Levi’s Stadium won’t be waterlogged, but it could mean some slippery conditions.
One can only hope the home team benefits when San Francisco hosts the Bucs on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4:25 p.m. ET.