Saturday’s weather forecast could give the Packers an advantage over the 49ers
Rain, rain, go away, come again another day? As far as the Green Bay Packers are concerned, bring it to Levi’s Stadium on Saturday night.
Heavy rain is expected over the next few days in Santa Clara, which could lead to difficult conditions for the Packers’ divisional round game against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night. According to AccuWeather, there is an 84 percent chance of rain on game day and a 94 percent chance of cloud cover.
It remains to be seen how much rain fell during the game, but with heavy rain expected in the coming days, it could lead to wet conditions at Levi’s Stadium.
Rain isn’t ideal for a Packers offense that just scored 41 points on a top-five Dallas Cowboys defense. Green Bay’s speed was on display on the fast lane inside.
However, overall, this could work to their advantage against the No. 49 No. 1 seed.
No matter how well the Packers play in the weeks leading up to this game, the 49ers are the favorites. They have the top seed in the NFC for a reason. San Francisco has third-ranked offense and defense while ranking first in offensive DVOA and fourth in defensive DVOA.
Heavy rain can even the playing field. It makes it more difficult for violations. While that also impacts the Packers, the matchup between Kyle Shanahan’s stellar lineup and Joe Barry’s defense is a concern.
It could also cool San Francisco’s elite pass rush powered by four-time Pro Bowler Nick Bosa and Chase Young.
Rainy conditions increase the risk of turnovers. Like last week, Barry’s defense should steal a possession or two. The 49ers are tough to beat if they care about football.
San Francisco’s offense managed just 17 points in a loss to the Cleveland Browns earlier this season. That match was played in rainy conditions. Brock Purdy threw for 125 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also fumbled but was able to recover. Purdy looked affected by the rain.
The size of the quarterback’s hand becomes a factor in securing the ball, and the Packers have an advantage.
The rain will make life difficult for both teams. This will impact Love and Green Bay’s offense as well as their pass rush. It would focus more on football management, where both teams are strong, but also on ball safety.
The 49ers are heavy favorites for a reason. They are one of the best teams in the league. Their offense can dominate almost anyone, and their defense is fast, physical and will cause the Packers problems.
The added element of rain makes conditions more difficult, and could work to the Packers’ advantage by leveling the playing field.