Weather watch: Rain, cold and snow could impact NFL playoffs

Jan 9, 2013 |
Three of the four NFL Divisional matchups are outdoors this weekend and Mother Nature isn’t holding back just because it’s the playoffs.

The early forecast for Saturday and Sunday is calling for cold, snow and rain. If you plan on playing the totals, make sure to check out the updated weather reports before placing your bets.

Here’s a closer look at how weather could impact those games:

Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos (-9.5, 46)

The forecast for the Mile High City is calling for chilly temperatures, dropping the mercury to 8 degrees later in the evening. There is a chance of snow beginning around 2 p.m. local time and carrying throughout the game (4:30 p.m. ET kickoff). The total for this game has actually climbed a touch since opening at 45 points at a couple of books.

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (-3, 44.5)

Candlestick Park is a long way from the “frozen tundra of Lambeau Field”, but it won't exactly be balmy in San Francisco with temperatures in the mid 40s. Earlier in the week, there was a chance of rain for this game but it's expected to be clear conditions now. The total has dropped since opening as high as 45.5.

Houston Texans at New England Patriots (-9.5, 47.5)

Rain could come into play in the second half of Sunday’s AFC Divisional game at Gillette Stadium. The forecast for Foxboro is calling for a 21 percent chance of showers later in the evening and game-time temperatures sinking into the low 40s - a far cry from the Texans' domed field at Reliant Stadium. The total has moved down since opening at 48.5 points. 

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