What conditions await the Packers at the 'Stick?

January 10, 2013, 4:45 pm
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The Facebook photo of Billy Cundiff kicking on a brown patch of grass at Candlestick Park on Tuesday has gone viral in Green Bay, so to speak.

"Didn't look too great," Packers receiver Jordy Nelson said with a smile to reporters Thursday.

"But a lot of the grass fields are starting to go that way this late in the season. So, just got to deal with it. It will be the same for everyone."

A week after the atrocious surface at FedEx Field came under fire in the wild card-round game between Washington and Seattle, the Packers are not sure what to expect in San Francisco for their NFC divisional playoff game against the 49ers. Especially a guy like Nelson, who is nursing a sore ankle.

"You've just got to feel it out in pregame, make sure you get the right cleats on that you feel comfortable in…to make sure you play fast," Nelson said. "I don't know if we won't have any grass, or if it will be all soggy and whatever, or slippery. We just have to feel it out.

"I've only been there once. I believe it was my first preseason game (in 2008) so, different time of year."

Yes, a game at the 'Stick on Aug. 16 will have a decidedly different feel than one on Jan. 12.

But Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who was the 49ers offensive coordinator in 2005, had "positive memories" of the playing surface. Even if those 49ers were 4-12 and not playing in the postseason.

"I know this time of year, like a lot of fields in the NFL, it's a little different outside the numbers because they redo the middle of the field," McCarthy said. "But we're not concerned about it. We're going to go out there pre-game and make sure we've got the right shoes. Our equipment guys, I think they're the best in the business, and they're have everything we need for our players and we'll go out and play.

"They've got to play on the same surface so, it's not a major concern for me."