A pair of storms on both coasts could bring wet weather to both NFL Conference Championship games on Sunday.
It’s not like any of these quarterbacks aren’t used to rough weather -- from Seattle to Green Bay to Indianapolis to Boston -- but a slick ball can result in more fumbles and messy throws for even the most experienced quarterback.
Both are previous Super Bowl winners and fully equipped at playing in bad weather, from heavy rain to frigid temperatures.
This weekend, multiple storms will be moving through the Pacific Northwest, with the worst weather expected Saturday night into Sunday, potentially putting a damper on the game. Heavy rain is expected at times and as much as half a foot is possible by Sunday night.
In addition, gusty winds will not help. Luckily, the worst of the rain looks to taper off just in time for kickoff, with a lingering chance of showers along with a southern breeze.
Across the country, a storm is expected to develop on Sunday and move up the East coast just in time for the AFC Championship game. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will play Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., at 6:40 p.m. ET. Brady has been to five Super Bowls, the most of any quarterback playing this weekend, and has won three.
The good news is that temperatures across the Northeast will be unseasonably mild, in the 40s, which is a bit too warm for snow. Average temperatures in Foxborough for mid-January are in the 30s, so we are running about 10 degrees above normal.
Although some snow could still mix in, precipitation should stay to mostly rain, with some downpours possible during the game. The track and intensity of this storm needs to be watched carefully over the next 24 hours since there is still the potential for it to move farther from the coast, which would lower heavy rain chances significantly.
Neither storm will be strong enough to put a damper on the fans, as they get ready to watch their team's journey to the Super Bowl.
After all, this is football, not baseball. Games will be played no matter what -- even if that means cheering in a poncho.