The San Francisco 49ers square off against the New York Giants this Sunday for the third time in eleven months. The 49ers edged out the
49ers Giants 27-20 last November, and dropped a 20-17 heart-breaker in the NFC Championship Game. Although the point totals were not drastically different, the first game like much more of a "shootout" than the second game. The 49ers and Giants engaged in quite a few exchanges throughout the first game, while the title game seemed more like a "Last Man Standing" matchup.
One of the differences in the two games was weather. The first game was played in nice conditions while the title game was played in pretty miserable foggy, drizzly conditions. For this week's matchup, the early forecast is in the low 70s with 11mph winds. It should be a fairly solid October afternoon at Candlestick Park.
I suppose if it is raining for the 49ers, it is raining for the Giants. Given the 49ers powerful rushing attack, does the weather even really matter? We saw similar yardage totals, but it certainly felt like that playoff game was a bit uglier at times. Does a relatively clear day potentially open the door for a bit more of the passing game, or does it matter?