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Time to make a splash! Chicago’s Soldier Field left SATURATED by torrential rain for NFL opener

Time to make a splash! Chicago’s Soldier Field left SATURATED by torrential rain before the Bears kick off the NFL season against the San Francisco 49ers

  • Heavy rain left Solder Field soaked in the minutes before the NFL opener
  • The Bears and San Francisco 49ers seemed to embrace the elements
  • But the ground crew had a lot of work to keep the water off the field

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The 2022 NFL season kicks off with the opposite of a baptism of fire in Chicago as torrential rains have saturated Soldier Field for the opening game between Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers.

The players embraced the elements in their warm-up, but photos showed huge pools of water on the side of the pitch.

The ground crew even went to the Solider Field grass to clear the water from the field before the 1pm start.

The footage also showed large pools of water splashing around the players as they went through shuttle runs on the grass.

Ground crews worked to keep Soldier Field in respectable condition for the NFL opener

Ground crews worked to keep Soldier Field in respectable condition for the NFL opener

Heavy rain saturated the field before Chicago Bears took on the San Francisco 49ers

Heavy rain saturated the field before Chicago Bears took on the San Francisco 49ers

Heavy rain saturated the field before Chicago Bears took on the San Francisco 49ers

Before kick-off there were huge puddles of water along the edge of the field

Before kick-off there were huge puddles of water along the edge of the field

Before kick-off there were huge puddles of water along the edge of the field

Chicago Bears' Darnell Mooney took shelter from the warm-up conditions

Chicago Bears' Darnell Mooney took shelter from the warm-up conditions

Chicago Bears’ Darnell Mooney took shelter from the warm-up conditions

On Sunday, a tarp was also stretched over the turf to protect the field as much as possible before the game.

Hardened fans who took their seats early in the stands were right to wear ponchos to ward off the conditions. But the players will not have that luxury.

When the game kicks off, the focus will be on Justin Fields looking to cement his position as starting quarterback for the Bears.

While preparing for this week’s game, Fields wanted to divert attention from himself.

“The coach says all the time, it’s about us. It’s not about the 49ers this week,” Fields said Wednesday.

Earlier on Sunday, the field was covered with a tarp to protect the surface as much as possible

Earlier on Sunday, the field was covered with a tarp to protect the surface as much as possible

Earlier on Sunday, the field was covered with a tarp to protect the surface as much as possible

When the game kicks off, the focus will be on Justin Fields, the QB for the Bears

When the game kicks off, the focus will be on Justin Fields, the QB for the Bears

When the game kicks off, the focus will be on Justin Fields, the QB for the Bears

Hardened fans who took their seats early in the stands were right to wear ponchos

Hardened fans who took their seats early in the stands were right to wear ponchos

Hardened fans who took their seats early in the stands were right to wear ponchos

“It’s about us – how we play, how we perform. So I just play for my teammates, play for my coaches and go out here and perform the best I can.”

A strong performance against a dominant defense that led San Francisco to the NFC Championship game last season would certainly be a good way to start.

The fact that the 49ers passed him and drafted Trey Lance with the No. 3 overall pick in 2021 might just make it that much sweeter.

“He’s going to prove everything everyone doubted, especially in Week 1,” recipient Darnell Mooney said last week. “That team passed him on. So they will have to pay a little for that.’

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