We take a look at the weather forecast for Sunday's 49ers-Patriots game, and what it might mean for the 49ers.
The 49ers travel to Foxboro, Massachusetts on Sunday to face the New England Patriots in a game that will feature weather as cold and potentially nasty as any faced by Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers over the last two seasons. The 49ers dealt with cold weather in Seattle last December against the Seahawks, but it wasn't particularly awful. I can attest to that as I was in attendance. The game was in the high 40s or low 50s, but wasn't too bad. Other than that, the 49ers have managed to avoid cold weather games. Even when they traveled to Baltimore for Thanksgiving, game-time temperature was in the 50s.
And so now, the 49ers get to deal with some true cold. According to weather.com, the forecast is calling for a high of 39° and a low of 37° with a 60% chance of precipitation. Of course, last night at around 11pm, they were saying it was 27°, so I am not sold that it won't get colder than 37°.
I am paying particular attention to the weather because I will be in attendance at the game, sitting in the stands (Section 111, row 27, seats 7-8 if you're around), but I am curious what we can expect from the 49ers in dealing with decidedly non-Bay Area weather. Someone asked Colin Kaepernick about the weather and his cold weather games at Nevada. According to Kaepernick, the coldest game he could recall was against Boise State when the temperature was around 20° at kickoff.
Some of these guys played at cold weather schools, but as I said, it's been a while since the 49ers played much in the way of cold weather football. I don't think it will be a big issue, but given the lack of these kinds of games in the recent past, I'm not entirely sure what to make of it for the 49ers.