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Morning Tailgate: 49ers Ready for Green Bay Cold

Posted Dec 31, 2013

San Francisco has won on the road in similarly frigid Washington and New England the last two seasons.

The question is a valid one.

After training and playing almost all of its games on the warmer West Coast, how do these 49ers prepare for the cold of Green Bay?

After all, their Wild Card playoff opponent, the Packers, are used to playing in sub-10-degree weather, which is in the forecast for Sunday.

“The approach is that we’re going to be playing at Lambeau Field next Sunday,” Jim Harbaugh said on Monday. “And what time they play, what day it was, we have no control over that. You control how you play.”

The 49ers have prepared in a way since Harbaugh took the helm in 2011.

In his second season as coach, Harbaugh and the team visited and beat the New England Patriots, 41-34, when the temperature at kickoff was 34 degrees.

This season, San Francisco went to the nation’s capital and topped Washington, 27-6, in 35-degree conditions.

In Harbaugh’s mind, what’s a few degrees less?

“I played in a zero degree weather game,” Harbaugh said, referencing his own career, "and it didn’t feel any different than 30-40 degree weather game.”

“We’ll go out and play hard, keep our bodies warm by playing hard… Football weather is any weather.”

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee looked at the 49ers signing of Perrish Cox.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle had the details on offensive line coach Tim Drevno.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com wrote about the upcoming Packers rematch.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com checked in on the bend-but-don’t-break defense.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com noted San Francisco’s storylines at the end of the season.





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