Lambeau Field in Green Bay is known to be one of the coldest stadiums in football. On Sunday, it will remain this way as 15 degree weather is expected in the wild card playoff game between the Packers and 49ers.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday that the team will be outside for practice this week. He said he wants the team to practice in a most realistic setting as possible for the postseason.
"We get outside this time of year,” McCarthy said in a conference call. “We’re fortunate to have the facility to go outside, as far as the outdoor field with the heating. We’ll be outside tomorrow and Friday. As a coach, you always try to get your practice structure as close to game-like. In pro football, it’s obviously hard because of the speed of it.”
The Packers will not have a full practice on Wednesday as the team was working on their game plan from Monday. McCarthy said the team is well ahead of where they normally would be at this time of the week.
For the 49ers, they will stay outside in Santa Clara at 4949 Centennial Blvd. Weather will be in the high 60s, according to the forecast reports.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh said he won't be concerned about the cold weather in Green Bay, indicating that hard play will be enough to keep the team ready.
"We’ll play when we play, where we play and who we play," Harbaugh said on Monday. "What the weather is like won’t control how we play. We’ll go out and play hard. [We'll] keep our bodies warm by playing hard.”
Most of the 49ers have played in cold weather, according to Ray McDonald. The only exception is rookie Eric Reid, who said on Sunday that he has never played below 30 degrees. Reid played college football in the Southeastern conference while at LSU, with snow being something minimal.
McDonald said it won't be a reason or excuse because the 49ers are athletes like anyone else. In particular, he remembers playing in Buffalo and Cleveland in the early years of his career.
"We're ball players and we're prepared to play in any weather," McDonald said on Wednesday. "We'll be ready for it and [the weather] isn't an issue for our team."