SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — With Sunday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Rams set to be an electric environment between two NFC rivals, the 49ers have had to travel extensively in their quest for a Super Bowl
Both the 49ers and Rams are coming off thrilling wins over Green Bay and Tampa Bay, respectively.
The stage is now set for a third matchup between the Rams and 49ers this season.
Ahead of Sunday’s matchup, the Rams front office allegedly attempted to restrict ticket sales to the game only to residents of the greater Los Angeles region.
The ban has since been lifted and anyone can buy tickets to the game.
The 49ers are looking to continue to make history this Sunday — of the seven teams that previously won the Super Bowl as a wild card, none have traveled as much as San Francisco has, so far.
Sunday’s matchup vs the Rams will be the team’s seventh road game in nine weeks.
The most any wild card champion has traveled were six games in the nine leading up to a Super Bowl.
The nine road game stretch kicked off in week 13 at Seattle (loss) then visits to Cincinnati (win) on Dec. 12, Tennessee (loss) on Dec. 23, Los Angeles (win) on Jan. 9, Dallas (win) on Jan. 16, Green Bay (win) last week, and back again to Los Angeles this upcoming Sunday.
“I think guys were a little tired at the beginning of the week, but I think we’re ready to go. I don’t mind the traveling, you get a sit in a hotel room a lot more, you get a long plane ride,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said last Friday leading up to the NFC Divisional matchup against Green Bay.
“I mean you rest when you’re at home too, but people have families, it’s harder to just sit there and zone out when you’re around your whole family instead of just sitting in a hotel room, so I think our guys get to sleep, we catch up,” Shanahan added.
“There’s nothing we like more than being at home and being in our own stadium with our fans and the noise, but besides that. We don’t mind going on the road either.”
Quest for six
The 49ers have won five Super Bowl titles, the last coming during the 1994 season after defeating the San Diego Chargers 49-26.
San Francisco has reached the Super Bowl a total of seven times and twice in the last ten years during the 2012 and 2019 seasons.
This season, the 49ers swept Los Angeles and come into Sunday’s matchup with a six-game regular-season winning streak against their NFC West rival.
Sunday’s matchup vs the Rams is set to kick off at 3 p.m. from SoFi Stadium.