Which leads to the question of which team will be helped more? The seemingly obvious answer is the 49ers, who have a more simplified, run-oriented offense and a stout defensive front seven. But some Giants players believe their passing game could actually benefit.
“I feel like it’s always to the receivers’ advantage because we know where we’re going on a route,” wide receiver Hakeem Nicks said. “DBs are just guessing or playing their coverage.”
Nicks said the key for receivers is not leaning back while running (“having your nose over your toes”), wearing long spikes on their cleats and paying attention to the finer points of their routes.
Also complicating matters is that Eli Manning might have to throw a wet ball, hence the bucket of water the Giants have used in the past to simulate a rain-soaked ball. Troy Aikman, who once played in a bit of mud at Candlestick in the ’93 NFC Championship Game, said that used to be a problem for him.
“If I was one of these quarterbacks I would not be able to sleep all week long knowing rain was in the forecast,” said Aikman, who will call Sunday’s game for Fox.
“But since I’ve gotten into television I’ve asked these quarterbacks where the weather’s been poor if they can throw a wet ball and they look at me, stunned I’m even asking the question, and say, ‘Of course I can throw a wet ball. What’s the problem?’?”
Asked why today’s quarterbacks don’t have an issue, Aikman laughed and replied, “I just think they’re better athletes.”
So are the receivers, which is why Aikman agrees with Nicks.