Weather didn’t affect any of the division-round playoff matches that unfolded over the past two days. The biggest concern came in San Francisco, where a sloppy track could have kept the Saints’ offense from getting untracked.
With the 49ers nevertheless victorious and the Giants winning on the unfrozen tundra of Lambeau Field, the NFC title game will be played at Candlestick Park.
According to the folks at Weather.com, a special weather statement already has been issued for San Francisco, with heavy rain and high winds in the forecast for the second half of the coming week.
Regardless of the conditions, it’ll be the sixth time the two teams got together for a playoff game in San Francisco. The 49ers won four prior times, including a 38-24 win en route to their first Super Bowl win in 1982, a 21-10 win en route to their second Super Bowl win in 1985, a 44-3 trouncing of the Giants in 1994, and that epic, come-from-way-behind 39-38 wild-card win in 2003.
In 1991, the Giants won in San Francisco 15-13, a game before their second Super Bowl win.
Overall, the winner of the seven prior Giants-49ers playoff games has won the Super Bowl four times.