SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Sunlight peeked through the clouds as groundskeepers at Candlestick Park used a respite from heavy rain to continue preparing the field for the NFC championship game.

Periods of light rain fell Wednesday as about 10 workers gave their attention to the field, laying sod and painting lines on the damp grass already in place.

``The field should be in good condition for game time,'' head groundskeeper Bill Buckley said. ``A little bit of rain won't hurt.''

Buckley estimated about 11,025 pieces of sod would be laid down by Sunday.

The important thing, he said, was to ``give it a chance to dry good.''

The 49ers spent Wednesday practicing in Tempe, Ariz., where they fled after fierce storms ravaged California and left the team's practice field in Santa Clara waterlogged.

On Tuesday, groundskeepers removed tarps that protected the field since Saturday's game against Chicago. They applied a chemical called Turface, a grainy material used to soak up water. Turface was again applied to wet spots on Wednesday.

The forecast called for periods of rain tosday.