|Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers warms up before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)|
Following a memorable wild-card weekend that saw two of the four matchups played indoors, the eight remaining teams vying to raise the Lombardi Trophy will all need to incorporate Mother Nature into their game plans.
The NFL's divisional playoff round is slated for this Saturday and Sunday, and games will take place in a wide range of weather conditions including the cool, cloudy conditions of Santa Clara, California, and the subfreezing chill of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Read on to get a game-by-game forecast for the four pivotal matchups.
Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers - 4:35 p.m. EST Saturday
After silencing the raucous Mercedes-Benz Superdome and upsetting the New Orleans Saints, quarterback Kirk Cousins will lead the Vikings into Santa Clara to face the top-seeded 49ers, who are making their first playoff appearance since the 2013 season.
AccuWeather forecasters say a storm system tracking into the Pacific Northwest should remain far enough north of the Bay Area to keep the forecast mainly dry, but there could be a brief shower during the early morning hours on Saturday.
A cloudy sky is expected overhead, and temperatures are expected to remain in the lower to middle 50s, which is around normal for mid-January in Santa Clara.
A light north-northwest breeze should not impact play for each team's passing game as well as their field-goal units.
Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens - 8:15 p.m. EST Saturday
One week after defeating the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, the upstart Tennessee Titans will travel to Baltimore to square off against Lamar Jackson and the top-seeded Ravens on Saturday night.
Throughout the day, it will be mainly dry and warm, with highs in the mid-60s, well above the normal of 42 for Jan. 11 in Baltimore.
By kickoff, it will remain dry as temperatures dip slightly. However, throughout the game, a rogue shower or two could occur across M&T Bank Stadium. The steadiest rain should hold off until after the game has ended.
AccuWeather forecasters say winds will be out of the south-southwest at 10-20 mph, which will be a crosswind throughout the game, and could make the passing game a bit difficult at times.
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs - 3:05 p.m. EST Sunday
One year after the Kansas City Chiefs bested the Indianapolis Colts at a snowy Arrowhead Stadium in the divisional round, Chiefs fans headed to Sunday's game against the Houston Texans will just miss out on a disruptive winter storm. However, fans headed into town on Friday and Saturday may need to adjust travel schedules due to the storm.
|Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland (21) hangs on to the jersey of Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde (23) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. The Houston Texans won 31-24. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)|
Dry conditions should prevail across the Kansas City area as temperatures moderate into the lower 30s by game time.
This is the second meeting of the season in Kansas City between the Chiefs and Texans. On Oct. 13, the Texans went into Arrowhead and defeated the Chiefs 31-24.
Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers - 6:40 p.m. EST Sunday
Lambeau Field will once again become a "frozen tundra" on Sunday night as the Seahawks and Packers play the final game of the weekend in freezing cold weather.
Lambeau has hosted several of the coldest NFL games in history, and even though Sunday's high temperature won't climb above freezing, the frosty weather won't be anything unusual for Packers fans.
The Packers' final two games of the season, against the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions, respectively, were played in domes. A kickoff temperature in the low 20s is forecast for the game Sunday evening, and temps are expected to remain in the low 20s during the game. A normal high temperature for Jan. 12 in Green Bay is 24 F. Dry weather is expected, but a couple of snow flurries -- weather conditions Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has said he loves -- can't be ruled out.
Although mainly dry weather is expected for the game, snow is forecast to fall on Saturday night. In anticipation for the accumulating snow, the Packers have asked for hundreds of fans to come to Lambeau Field to shovel the stadium to clear the snow before kickoff.
AccuWeather meteorologists say winds will be out of the east at 4-8 mph, generating a minor crosswind, which won't be strong enough to be a factor for the passing game. The breeze will also help to push AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures into the middle to upper teens throughout the game.
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