San Francisco 49ers fans were treated to the whole scene on Saturday as they made their way to Los Angeles.
There’s no doubt that the ‘loyals’ are traveling loud and clear this week, as Sunday’s NFC Championship against the Los Angeles Rams has been the subject of much discussion, especially when it comes to the atmosphere at SoFi Stadium on January 30.
But before Niners fans arrived in Los Angeles on Saturday, they were greeted at the door of San Francisco International (SFO) by Sourdough Sam, a drum line and lots of red and gold.
the San Francisco Chronicle shared a handful of photos from the event and reported that the cheer rally was a move by United Airlines to SFO, who wanted to show support for the team and fans as they made the trip south .
This was confirmed by an account that says it’s the United Airlines Ramp Service Team Twitter account at SFO.
Either way, the 49ers faithful are setting the tone for what people should expect of them at SoFi Stadium and around Los Angeles on Sunday.
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49ers fans look to flood SoFi (again)
When the 49ers visited the Rams in Week 18, the visiting team’s fan base apparently made SoFi Stadium a second home for the Niners. After the video and photos of the game, it became clear that it was, at worst, a divided crowd.
As the Rams took a 17-0 lead in Week 18, the Niners staged a tremendous second-half comeback to win 27-24. Rams QB Matt Stafford provided evidence that visiting fans played a legitimate role in this when he spoke to the media after the game.
“We had a chance there late in the game. I think our guys did a good job of communicating,” Stafford said in the post-match press conference. “It was a tough environment for us to communicate for, really, the whole second half. Our guys did a good job and we got that lead back. I just didn’t finish the way we could in attack and could have – if we had had a first there, the game probably would have been over.
Sometimes players like to downplay how an away crowd can affect them. For Stafford, openly saying that the crowd outside the Rams stadium affected him says a lot.
Rams ticket plan
As Heavy previously covered, the Rams initially tried to prevent repeat attendance or worse by not selling tickets to anyone outside of the Los Angeles area. This plan has since been scrapped, but it still drew a passionate response from the faithful.
NBC Sports reports that the response could lead to an even higher percentage of the crowd being 49ers fans. Ticketing site Vivid Seats said it predicted 65% of the SoFi Stadium crowd would support the Niners.
Of course, it’s not a cheap ticket for anyone either. The average ticket price is currently $824. Meanwhile, the AFC Championship game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs is $536.