The Los Angeles Rams want to ensure that next Sunday’s NFC Championship Game is indeed a home-field advantage. The Rams will play host to the 49ers in a rematch of San Francisco’s 27-24 overtime win in Week 18 in front of a SoFi Stadium crowd that included a sea of red. It was a situation that left a lasting impression on the head coach, the QB, and his wife, who all spoke out about it.
Through Ticketmaster, the Rams informed ticket seekers that public sales for the NFC Championship Game will be restricted to residents of the Greater Los Angeles region, effectively making it much harder for 4ers fans to get their hands on tickets.
Even Deebo Samuel weighed in on the controversy.
“I get that we turned sofi stadium to Levi’s but restricting fan from buying tickets is kraxy to me….. IJS,” Deebo said on Twitter.
In the end, it may not work out as planned as the greater Los Angeles area likely has more 49ers fans living there anyway. The Rams being gone for so long before returning from St. Louis may have created more 49ers fans in the area. The restriction still won’t stop fans from buying tickets on secondary markets.
“IMO 49ers fans made up about 75% of the crowd at SoFi when they last played the Rams. Secondary ticket sites — StubHub, Ticketmaster, etc. — are still selling tickets to fans without geographic restrictions so I’d expect the 49ers to maintain a strong fan majority for NFC title,” tweeted David Lombardi of The Athletic.
San Francisco swept Los Angeles during the regular season. The Rams had no answer for Deebo Samuel, who had eight touches for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the 49ers’ 31-10 win over the Rams in Week 10.
The Rams are trying to become the first team to host a conference championship and Super Bowl in consecutive games.
The 49ers are trying to join the Patriots and Steelers as the only franchises with six Lombardi trophies.