The biggest day in Rams history comes exactly 22 years before what could have been a strong Monday.
Winning Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 was bittersweet for Southern California fans left behind when the team moved to St. Louis. Many of those fans filled SoFi Stadium on Sunday and watched the Rams hit another Super Bowl – the fifth in franchise history – with a 20-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers. .
What makes this one sweeter than some of the others? The Rams won at home to play Super Bowl LVI at home.
On February 13, they will meet the Cincinnati Bengals and could become only the second team in NFL history to win the Super Bowl at their home stadium.
When the Rams beat the Tennessee Titans to win the championship 22 years ago, their owner, Georgia Frontiere, sent a message to Southern California fans.
“It proves we did the right thing when we got to St. Louis.
This season’s version of the Rams has done a lot to get to the Super Bowl, including rallying by 10 points or less to beat the 49ers, a team that has beaten them six times in a row.
And the Rams owner, Stan Kroenke, has something quite different to say to the crowd.
“You definitely have to thank the Los Angeles fans,” Kroenke said during a celebration on the pitch that gave way to fan-favorite “I Love LA” on a loop.
SoFi Stadium performed quite well during the costume rehearsal for the Super Bowl. It has a steady celebrity base, a short show midway through, and a relatively smooth experience for the massively divided crowd.
Of course, the stadium doesn’t have to do anything to maintain its place in the Super Bowl spotlight, except for the NFL checking availability in early January with locations in other cities on campus. pandemic insurmountable in Inglewood.
The Rams have earned their spot in the Super Bowl for the second time since their return to Southern California in 2016.
When they led 17-7, late in the third quarter, their chances looked bleak. But midfielder Matthew Stafford gave them the lead early in the fourth half and then two goals on the field from Matt Gay, the ball went through to just 1:49 left to play.
At that point, the Rams’ defense could keep the 49ers in a draw or take the lead.
“I had a lot of confidence in our defence, a lot of confidence in those guys,” Stafford said.
The Rams sealed the victory with an interception from Travin Howard, who unleashed the celebration, despite not allowing some fans to attend. After all, the 49ers supporters showed up in strong numbers and it even looked like they were staying at home and planning to stay for the Super Bowl.
Mark McAleenan grew up being a Rams fan, but when it came time for his eponymous son to pick his favorite football team, the Rams were no longer the right fit for a Southern California kid. Instead of supporting a team in St. Louis, he chose the opponents of his father’s team.
His father brought him from Fresno to Sunday’s game, and Mark Jr wore the George Kittle 49ers number 85 shirt. It was a stark contrast to the 29 Eric Dickerson Rams shirt worn by eldest brother Mark.
Not many groups are divided at a game where the line between Rams fans and 49ers fans is clearly drawn and tickets cost more.
“It’s not hard to get tickets,” said the father. “It’s just expensive.”
That doesn’t stop many 49ers fans, who have turned to the secondary market.
Patrick and Jennifer Magnani spent about $700 each on StubHub tickets to attend the game with their 14-year-old daughter Madeline and 11-year-old son Anthony. The whole family from Roseville – all fitted on the 49ers – flew to John Wayne Airport and will spend Monday at Disneyland before returning home.
“These kids are living right,” said Patrick Magnani.
San Francisco fans walked into SoFi Stadium with the song “Beat LA” and Rams fans responded with “Whose house? Rams ‘house’ cheers.
It seemed the only thing everyone agreed on on Sunday was their support for the Cincinnati Bengals at the AFC Championship. Whether it’s because they want to meet a new AFC team after consecutive Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl games or because they think the Bengal team will be easier to beat, their extra time wins are pretty common.
Super Bowl LVI will be the Bengals’ third championship appearance with decades of mediocrity or much worse in between
They did, however, make a remarkable run with second-year defender Joe Burrow, and the Rams will be in for a fight to match what the likes of Kurt Warner and Isaac Bruce have done while representing for St. Louis long ago.
The Rams failed in Super Bowl LIII three years ago. But it was in Atlanta and against the New England Patriots and Tom Brady.
This time around, the Super Bowl will receive the Hollywood treatment for the first time since 1993, even if the parties will come with COVID-19 precautions. For the Rams, though, it’s about business and one more win.
Technically, the Bengals will be considered the home team, but that mainly affects the even selection and the calling of the coin flip.
The Rams have a chance to win the championship in and for Southern California for the first time.
“The fact that it’s going to be under this roof, it’s going to be awesome,” Stafford said.
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