Cardinals coach Bruce Arians not worried about weather, sad for fans

Snow and icy conditions may have paralyzed the Charlotte region in recent days but the forecast is for above-freezing, mostly calm conditions for Sunday's NFC Championship Game between the Cardinals and Panthers.

And Arizona coach Bruce Arians, who has spent most of his career in cold-weather climates, doesn't expect weather to be an issue in a matchup that will send the winner to the Super Bowl.

"Sunday is going to be 37, wind about six miles an hour," Arians said, via the Arizona Republic. "You couldn't ask for better than that in Charlotte.

"I think the playoffs, at this time of year, you have to expect some weather. I feel bad because our fans aren't going to be able to get there, supposedly because of flights getting canceled. We have some great fans that travel with us and you hope they'll be able to get in town for the game."

Highs in Charlotte on Sunday are expected to be in the 40s, but the Panthers practiced in snowy conditions on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Bank of America Stadium grounds crew spent much of Friday clearing snow from the playing surface, and the plan is to remove the tarp on Saturday to give the field 24 hours to dry out.

A week ago, in the Seahawks-Panthers divisional matchup, there were complaints about the quality of the playing surface. But Scott Paul, executive director of stadium operations, said those concerns were overblown.

"I think if you watch the game over you'd see some slipping at the beginning of the game on both teams, but mostly Seattle," Paul said, via the Charlotte Observer. "And when Seattle got the right cleats on, there were fewer issues in the second half."

The field at Bank of America Stadium shouldn't be a problem by Sunday. (Twitter)
The field at Bank of America Stadium shouldn't be a problem by Sunday. (Twitter)
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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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