Niner Noise Podcast: Reminder the 49ers are the 'road' team vs. Rams on Sunday

The Niners are even going to be wearing their red home jerseys for this "road" matchup at SoFI Stadium.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19)
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The 49ers are technically the road team for Week 2 at the Rams, but SoFI Stadium might as well be classified as Levi's South.

It's Los Angeles Rams week, which means the San Francisco 49ers are gearing up to add to their lengthy (regular-season) win streak over their NFC West rivals from Southern California.

While LA can (and will) brag about that Super Bowl victory two seasons ago, one that came through beating the Niners in the NFC Championship game, there's no doubting the Niners have dominated Los Angeles in two other areas.

The first being during the regular season while under head coach Kyle Shanahan, who has to love squaring off against his good friend, Rams head coach Sean McVay.

Of course, the other aspect Shanahan and Co. have to love is the fact LA's home venue, SoFI Stadium, essentially becomes advantageous to the 49ers because of the sheer number of Niners fans who show up.

There are nowhere near as many Rams fans in attendance for these games.

And it's something the fellas from the Niner Noise Podcast pointed out in their preview for Week 2's contest at SoFI.

Niner Noise Podcast: Week 2 at Rams isn't exactly an away game for 49ers

Your loyal and esteemed podcast hosts, Robert Morrison and Akshaj Dwivedula, broke down just how big a difference the "home crowd" at SoFI could be, mainly for San Francisco.

This peaked in 2021 when the 49ers needed a Week 18 victory in overtime to make it to the playoffs. And while the Niners didn't win the NFC Championship that year, the crowd was unquestionably leaning red and gold.

Why should anything be different this Sunday? Heck, Shanahan's team is even wearing its home red jerseys for this one, too. Talk about irony!

You can listen to the full Niner Noise Podcast episode below:

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According to NBC Sports Bay Area's Jennifer Lee Chan, using data from Vivid Seats, "64 percent of the crowd will be wearing 49ers' red and gold Sunday," which is nearly a two-to-one advantage in favor of the Niners, who are already better than a touchdown favorite for the contest.

Additionally, Morrison and Dwivedula discuss the various points you'll want to watch this game, particularly whether or not right tackle Colton McKivitz can hold up against another former Defensive Player of the Year, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, after going up against Steelers former DPOY T.J. Watt a week ago.

Surrendering three sacks in the process.

San Francisco still won that game, though, so Sunday's tilt should nevertheless edge in favor of the 49ers when they kick off against the Rams on Sept. 17 at 4:05 p.m. ET from Levi's South.

Otherwise known locally as SoFI Stadium.

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