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Forecast looks mild, but Candlestick unpredictable

Jan. 11, 2013
 

San Francisco’s weather forecast for Saturday's divisional-round playoff game between the Packers and 49ers calls for a high of 50 degrees, a low of 39 degrees, calm winds and only a 10 percent chance of rain.

But that mild day in the San Francisco Bay area doesn’t mean Candlestick Park will be an easy place to play Saturday night

Candlestick, which is located at Candlestick Point on the western shore of San Francisco Bay, is notorious for its swirling winds coming off the bay that make for terribly cold windchill even in the summer and difficult conditions for punters, kickers and passers.

“It can be tricky with the wind conditions,” said Shawn Slocum, the Packers’ special teams coach.

Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. PST, and sunset is for shortly thereafter, at 5:12.

As difficult as Candlestick can be, the Packers’ kicking specialists and quarterback Aaron Rodgers have plenty of experience in windy and cold stadiums. The winds in Lambeau Field swirl more with each addition to the stadium bowl, and the Packers play every season at Chicago’s Soldier Field, which can get hit by strong winds coming off nearby Lake Michigan.

“I think it would relatively the same,” Slocum said of kicking in Candlestick and Lambeau. “It can swirl a little bit, it can be a little unpredictable.”

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