Conditions could impact Roman's play-calling

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Conditions could impact Roman's play-calling
January 2, 2014, 1:30 pm
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The 49ers rank 24th averaging 323.8 yards per game this year. (USATSI)

SANTA CLARA -- A couple hours before every game, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman briskly walks several laps around the perimeter of the playing field.

When he takes his traditional walk on Sunday at Lambeau Field, he’ll be paying close attention to the field conditions.

“We’ll get out on the field early,” Roman said on Thursday. “I know they have some heating underneath it, but I don’t know at that temperature if it’ll have much of an effect. It’ll be something we certainly look at.”

Legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi had heating coils installed under the playing surface in 1967. A system of pipes filled with a solution including antifreeze replaced the coils in 1997. The mechanism will be tested on Sunday with the temperature expected to be around zero degrees.

“It’s all about the footing, really,” Roman said. “It’s going to be cold. . . If the field is different parts in different shape, that will effect what we do and how we do it.”

Roman was quarterbacks coach of the Houston Texans in 2004 when his team played the Chicago Bears in minus-3 degrees wind chill. The Texans had success in the air and on the ground in a 24-5 victory at Soldier Field.

“How’s the wind? And what’s the field like?” Roman asked. “All that affects your decision-making.”