49ers have a potential golden ticket to Super Bowl in LA Rams

Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) /

Not only did the 49ers escape from Lambeau Field with a ticket to the NFC Championship, but they also lucked out with the best possible opponent to make it back to the Super Bowl. 

There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and the San Francisco 49ers finding a way to potentially give all of their loyal supporters heart failure.

Somehow, the Niners committed the “Great Lambeau Robbery” and escaped from one of the toughest environments in football with a 13-10 win over the Green Bay Packers and a ticket to the NFC Championship game.

For a team that managed to just sneak into the playoffs and then end the hopes and dreams of two hated rivals in the Packers and Dallas Cowboys, that would be a good end to the season even if it didn’t result in a Super Bowl.

But the Football Gods have smiled upon San Francisco once again. Standing opposite the 49ers won’t be quarterback Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but a similar foe in the Los Angeles Rams.

You know, the team the Niners defeated in overtime in Week 18 to get into the playoffs to begin with.

And also haven’t lost to the in the last three seasons.

The team with the stadium that’s so empty of Rams supporters, that in Week 18, the red and gold Faithful caused such pandemonium in the stadium, the Rams had to use a silent snap count in their own stadium because they couldn’t hear each other.

Yes, San Francisco might have somehow not only gotten to the NFC Championship game, but a home game, too, by proxy if not actual geographical location.

But don’t take my word for it. The Rams are so frightened by the prospects of a 49ers Faithful invasion, they changed the ticketing rules in an attempt to stop ticket purchases in the Bay Area.

They did this during the game against the Buccaneers.

49ers hold distinct advantages over Rams

On the field, the Rams haven’t had an answer for wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who had 273 yards and three touchdowns combined against the Rams in Weeks 10 and 18. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been held in relative check by the offensive line, too, while head coach Kyle Shanahan has also owned his old friend in LA’s head coach, Sean McVay, and routinely coached rings around him.

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None of this means the Niners are destined for a Super Bowl return, of course. You don’t make the NFC Championship without poise and talent, and the Rams showed that during the playoffs.

But who would you rather have? Brady and the defending Super Bowl champions, or Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford and the team San Francisco routinely beat for the last few years?

The 49ers played well below their best and knocked out Green Bay at Lambeau Field. If they play up to their potential instead against the Rams, then they know they can take the win, especially if the stands once again are filled up with red instead of blue.

Only one game stands between the Niners and a chance at a sixth Super Bowl. By glorious happenstance, it happens to be the best possible game they could hope for.

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