49ers vs. Rams: SoFI Stadium bracing for Niners takeover in NFL playoffs

Fans react between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
Fans react between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) /

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In Week 18, 49ers fans made SoFI Stadium a home field during the Niners’ overtime win against the Rams, and LA is worried about it happening again.

One of the more memorable sites of the San Francisco 49ers’ 2021 regular-season campaign was how Week 18 turned into a home game despite it being played at the home of the Los Angeles Rams, SoFI Stadium.

If anything, so many Niners fans were in attendance, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford had to go with a silent count because of the crowd noise favoring the visiting squad.

And when rookie cornerback Ambry Thomas picked off the game-sealing overtime interception to propel San Francisco into the playoffs, the noise from those donning red and gold in the stands was raucous, putting it lightly:

It seemed like a pipe dream at the time, both the 49ers and Rams facing off against each other again this season after the Niners swept the regular-season series.

But here we are after LA knocked off the defending Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and San Francisco upset the No. 1-seeded Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

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The Rams, however, are looking to prevent that same kind of 49ers takeover at SoFI Stadium this Sunday.

Rams don’t want 49ers fans taking over SoFI Stadium

There’s a chance the Niners wind up playing four games at SoFI Stadium this season, or “Levi’s Stadium South,” as the Faithful’s preferred moniker goes.

This would be the result if San Francisco was to win the NFC Championship game over LA on Sunday, and Super Bowl LVI is going to be played at SoFI Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 13.

Yet the Rams are trying to prevent another swarm of 49ers fans from taking over the stadium, restricting ticket sales to the greater Los Angeles area:

There are ways around this, of course, especially the purchase of tickets on the secondary market. And perhaps the Rams are still trying to grasp the fact there are plenty of Niners fans who live in Southern California anyway.

Ticketmaster removed restrictions on sales to LA area only

We haven’t checked it ourselves, but apparently some pressure from San Francisco’s All-Pro wide receiver, Deebo Samuel, convinced Ticketmaster to remove that restriction on Southern California sales only:

At least we’d like to think so.

It might not be quite as dominant as it was for Week 18, but one shouldn’t expect anything else but San Francisco being well represented during the NFC Championship game.

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