The 49ers will play in negative 50 degree weather...and win.

Published: Jan 05, 2014 15:14pm EST
By JasonNeal, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Jan 05, 2014 @ 03:14pm EST

 

Much has been made of the frigid temperatures in Lambeau for the San Francisco 49ers/Green Bay Packers game later this afternoon.  While temperatures reaching

50 below zero will absolutely have an effect on the game; I think that it will have an effect on both teams, not just the team from bright, sunny California. 

It’s not like the Packers play in this type of weather on a weekly basis, and at some point, cold is just cold.  There is no way for Green Bay or San Francisco to prepare for this type of weather because, well…NO TEAM HAS EVER PLAYED IN THIS TYPE OF WEATHER! 

Aaron Rodgers grew up in Chico, CA., where it routinely sits in the typical northern California climate…not 50 below.  Colin Kaepernick grew up in Turlock, CA. where it is a little colder, but not anywhere NEAR the weather these teams will play in today.

So, who has the edge in this matchup?  San Francisco.  The Niners may call San Francisco home, but there are two factors that are heavily in the 49ers favor.  Mark Twain once said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”  The temperatures in the Bay Area are not Green Bay cold, but they aren’t necessarily warm, ask anyone who has seen the Niners or San Francisco Giants play at Candlestick.  Parkas, gloves, mittens, and beanies are commonplace at Candlestick, regardless of the time of year.

The second aspect is the 49ers are built for this type of game.  A power run game, an offensive line that loves to hit defenses in the mouth, and a defense built to hit people and leave a lasting impression after those hits are made.

Another minor aspect that could likely play into this game is the fact that Colin Kaepernick is a fantastic runner and Clay Matthews is out for today’s game.  Kaepernick and the 49ers have not run much read option this season, but it stands to reason that Greg Roman and Jim Harbaugh have some plays tucked away for the playoffs; much like they did last year when Kaepernick had his coming out party on national television.

Roman has called some fairly creative runs in recent weeks, and with insanely athletic and intelligent linemen, there is no reason to think it won’t continue.  Wide receiver end-arounds, fly sweeps, and creative blocking schemes could allow the Niners to assert their dominance over their Midwest counterparts.

The 49ers are far and away the better team and should walk out of Green Bay, Wisconsin with a trip to Carolina for a redemption matchup with the Carolina Panthers.  The Panthers handed San Francisco one of their two losses at Candlestick in the final season the 49ers will call The Stick home.

I wonder if Anthony Davis will leave his hotel room in good repair or if the fine people working at the hotel will give him the cold shoulder as he leaves the town he thrashed on Twitter last night.  My guess?  The people of Wisconsin are far too nice to give anyone the cold shoulder; he will get a wheel of cheese, a “have an okay day”, and a warm flight to wherever the Niners go before they head off to Carolina to take on Cam Newton and the Panthers.  


 

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