Giants, 49ers Face Rain-Soaked Candlestick With Super Bowl Berth at Stake

The New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers probably will have to deal with a rain-soaked grass field at Candlestick Park when they try to reach the Super Bowl.

After a storm that may leave as much as two inches of rain passes through the San Francisco area tonight and tomorrow, a second front will come through northern California on the afternoon of the National Football Conference title game Jan. 22, according to Tom Kines, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania.

“It is going to have some heavy rain with it and I do think there’s going to be heavy rain north of San Francisco,” Kines said in a telephone interview today. “It’s just a matter of whether it can get as far south as San Francisco.”

AccuWeather is calling for showers during the game and temperatures near 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius), Kines said.

The NFC championship game starts at 3:30 p.m. on the U.S. West Coast. The Giants (11-7) have won three of their four appearances in the Super Bowl, including a 2008 win over the New England Patriots, while the 49ers (14-3) never have lost the National Football League title game in five tries. Their last appearance was a win over the San Diego Chargers after the 1994 season.

The New England Patriots (14-3) host the Baltimore Ravens (13-4) in the American Football Conference championship game earlier that day. The game, which starts at 3 p.m. local time at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, will be played under a mostly sunny sky, with the temperature around 35 degrees (2 degrees Celsius), Kines said.

The winners of the conference championships meet in the Super Bowl NFL title game at a covered field, Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis on Feb. 5.

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