Matt and Mindi: Weather will dictate 49ers offense
The 49ers can expect to experience Lambeau Field at 5 degrees with a wind-chill factor of minus-10 at kickoff. (AP)
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The 49ers made a stop at Lambeau Field on Saturday but did not check out the field condition because a tarp was covering the playing surface.
After the 49ers changed into sweats at their Lambeau Field locker room, the team went across the street to the Green Bay Packers’ outdoor practice field for a brief walk-through. On Saturday, the temperature was around 30 degrees. For the NFC wild-card playoff game, it'll be a lot colder.
Kickoff temperatures are expected to be around 5 degrees with a wind-chill factor of minus-10. Sunset in Green Bay is 4:26 p.m., local time, or 46 minutes after the scheduled kickoff time.
In the second half, the temperature is expected to drop to near zero with a wind chill of minus-20.
An NFL spokesman told CSNBayArea.com that the NFL has no policy on when it's too cold to postpone a game.
The 49ers have not played a game in freezing condition since Jim Harbaugh took over as coach in 2011. On Nov. 25, the 49ers played at Washington in 35-degree weather with a wind chill of 27. Last season, the 49ers played at rainy New England in 34 degrees with a wind chill of 29.
The 49ers carry a six-game winning streak into the first round of the playoffs. The winner of Sunday's 49ers-Packers game will travel next Sunday to face the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C.. San Francisco finished the regular season with a 12-4 record, while the Packers won the NFC North with an 8-7-1 record. Because the Packers won their division and the 49ers are a wild-card team, the Packers are a higher seed and, thus, have a home playoff game.
Starting cornerback Carlos Rogers (hamstring) is expected to be among the seven inactive players the 49ers must announce 90 minutes before the 1:40 p.m. (PT) kickoff. Rogers did not practice all week.
Eric Wright and Perrish Cox are expected to share Rogers’ duties of covering the slot receiver against the Packers, who typically use three-receiver personnel groups. Cornerback Tarell Brown is expected to start in Rogers’ place with Tramaine Brock on the other side.