49ers Rival No. 5: Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
Although both teams originally hailed from the Bay Area, there have surprisingly been only 14 matchups between these two California teams. Nonetheless, there has always been a sense of animosity between these two franchises, with some games leading to fights between players and even those watching in the stands.
The NFL recognizes this rift between the two clubs and once made it a point of scheduling preseason games between the two Bay Area giants on a yearly basis, although that trend stopped a number of years ago.
The regular-season rivalry is currently at a stalemate, as the all-time record between the two clubs is 7-7. The next scheduled regular-season matchup between the two teams will take place during the 2022 season.
Raiders fans have the reputation of being one of the leagues most bizarre and outgoing fanbases, often dressing up in outlandish costumes and taunting opposing teams’ players every chance they get. Although the Raiders have not been nearly as successful as the 49ers over the years (their last Super Bowl win dates back to 1983), the constant competition for the title of “King of the Bay” is ever-present and continues to loom as one of the NFL’s most exciting matchups.
It’s unknown if the Raiders-Niners rivalry will last much longer with the recent move of the franchise to Las Vegas, kind of taking away the “city-pride” aspect of the matchup, but who knows.