Crowd noise from 49ers fans caught Rams off guard on Sunday in Los Angeles

Rams loose to 49ers 27-24 at SoFi Stadium
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The Rams were at home on Sunday against the 49ers, but it didn’t sound like it inside SoFi Stadium.

Rams coach Sean McVay and quarterback Matthew Stafford both said the number of 49ers fans who attended the game — and the loud cheering when the Rams were on offense — surprised them and made it more difficult to call signals as the 49ers pulled of a stunning comeback win to earn a playoff berth.

It did catch us off guard,” McVay said, via ESPN. “Just because of the way that it’s been this year. It’s been great, great atmosphere, great environment. Yesterday was the same thing, but there was a lot of red there. That was definitely a surprise.”

Stafford said the Rams had a hard time getting plays called with the 49ers’ crowd noise advantage.

“It was a tough environment for us to communicate in really the whole second half,” said Stafford.

There appeared to be more 49ers fans than Rams fans in attendance, and even on the Rams’ home field, it was the 49ers who had the crowd noise advantage.

52 responses to “Crowd noise from 49ers fans caught Rams off guard on Sunday in Los Angeles

  1. By the time you get to the pros, you have played in front of hostile crowds since high school. So, when a scenario like this occurs, where you are playing at home, but it is deafening, these guys want us to believe they couldn’t adjust to it? Making that statement aloud lets you know these guys weren’t prepared.

  2. Brilliant move putting two NFL teams in a city that has zero interest. LA has never supported their NFL teams and did the league really think a shiny new stadium would make it happen? Way too many good football towns in the US for LA to have two teams.

  3. In defense of Los Angeles as a football zone– there are NFL fans there but they are split up among, oh, five teams. The Rams sucked for their last 5 seasons in L.A. and not many fans stayed loyal to them when they moved to St. Louis. Southern CA fan bases then grew for the Raiders, 49ers, and Cowboys. Add the Chargers to the mix and you’ve got considerable dilution. It would take the Rams winning a Super Bowl or 2 or 3 to make serious headway in L.A. Once Stafford’s back is finally done for, the Rams should consider trading their next available 13 1st-round picks for Justin Herbert.

  4. I thought the Rams played very well, especially Stafford. He’s getting his timing down with his receivers. He’s getting more confident in their routes. His accuracy is as good as it’s been all year. The Rams looked good. But, like any NFL team, the 49ers are a good team when they get good QB play, and they did on Sunday.

  5. If it makes the Rams feel better, they have a heck of a lot more home field fans attending their games than the Chargers.

  6. That is the lamest excuse I have ever heard. What will the excuse be when they drop in the playoffs after trying to buy a SB?

  7. So…Sean…walk us through this. You’re getting the next play to the huddle, or your QB gets under center, and it’s noisy, so..,you and your guys…what happens there? You all lose your minds? You’re saying stuff to each other like “what? This unexpectedly high number of 49ers fans is distracting me!!! What did you say?”

    Seriously. It’s kind of shocking that this is a thing. It’s even more shocking that you’d calmly admit it.

  8. Stan Kroenke didn’t have that problem in St Louis :-).
    The Chargers suffer the same fate at home games. I’m pretty sure there were more Chiefs fans at SoFi in the December game.

  9. john baxter says:
    January 11, 2022 at 6:21 am
    By the time you get to the pros, you have played in front of hostile crowds since high school. So, when a scenario like this occurs, where you are playing at home, but it is deafening, these guys want us to believe they couldn’t adjust to it? Making that statement aloud lets you know these guys weren’t prepared.
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    It doesn’t work that way. There is only so much preparation time during the week. A home team preparing for crowd noise is wasting valuable preparation time that would better be invested elsewhere.

  10. LA is a joke of a city to get 2 teams. Large market just means a lot of people aren’t watching.

  11. Fans were not there to watch a game of tennis. McVay and his team should have been prepared.

  12. McVay didn’t think it was too hard in the second quarter when he was celebrating with his team after a touchdown in the end zone. After that, everything went downhill.

  13. Don’t worry. You get used to it.

    Signed,
    A Washington Fan

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    Washington gets caught off guard when playing at home and the crowd cheers for them

  14. You would think that with 20 million people in the LA metropolitan area they would have no problem filling the stadium with thier fans. The only way they get a sellout is if the other team has a loyal fanbase that travels. And the only way they may get sellouts consistently in the future is if the NFL goes back to the blackout rule.

    Bottom line, it’s not a football town

  15. Blame the refs, er, I mean the crowd, er, I mean the refs, er, I mean the crowd…

    And these guys are pros, right??!

  16. This year I noticed how fans travel more and more to other cities, in most stadiums you hear substantial cheering for the visiting teams. I guess that tickets availability through the Internet is partly responsible for that, and also the fact that those stadiums do not sold-out to their own fan base.

  17. God the Rams are an utterly bad team? Boy genius and mister turnover could not milk time off that clock with a three score lead? Now talk about crowd noise?

    I guess we should expect that after the gift super bowl appearance that netted three points. I guess that didn’t build a fan base like rodger expected

  18. “Every game is a road game for the Chargers and Rams”

    That’s more true with the Chargers than the Rams. Clearly you have been to any games at Sofi and are just taking low hanging fruit shots. No one wanted the Chargers in LA. The Spanos’ just moved in. The Rams were semi welcome but they lost most of their fans from when they left town in the 80s

    What makes LA different from other so-called football crazy cities, is that LA won’t be held hostage by the greedy NFL owners and build them a free place to play at the taxpayer’s expense. They. need us more than we need them.

  19. fanfrommontreal says:
    January 11, 2022 at 9:33 am
    This year I noticed how fans travel more and more to other cities, in most stadiums you hear substantial cheering for the visiting teams. I guess that tickets availability through the Internet is partly responsible for that, and also the fact that those stadiums do not sold-out to their own fan base.
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    I think its related to covid. Fans get tickets to see their team play, and then decide they dont want to risk going to the game. So they put the tickets up for sale. Fans who want to take a trip to another destination, or maybe fans that are in another teams market will go buy those tickets. Most stadiums this year have had “away” fans in seats that are otherwise filled with “home” fans.

  20. charliecharger says:
    January 11, 2022 at 7:11 am
    I thought the Rams played very well, especially Stafford. He’s getting his timing down with his receivers. He’s getting more confident in their routes. His accuracy is as good as it’s been all year. The Rams looked good. But, like any NFL team, the 49ers are a good team when they get good QB play, and they did on Sunday.
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    Not sure how you can make that statement about Stafford considering his play lately . He’s thrown 2 ints for 3 games in a row and since week 12 he’s thrown a whopping 9 ints. Statistically Goff has been the better QB the last 5 weeks . Stafford is what he’s always been , a stat sheet hero that will make dumb mistakes at critical times to lose games just like he did against the 49ers . In Detroit the team took the blame for losing because Stafford the stat sheet hero was protected by the coaches and nobody outside Detroit cared enough to pay any attention . The Rams will be done with their season after Mondays game because Stafford can’t handle the pressure of a must win game . Actually the next must win or go home game he wins will be the first of his 13 yr career . In fairness their wasn’t many in Detroit but the few that they had Stafford always failed .

  21. How about pumping in crowd noise at practice? It’s situational football. It could be cold or hot weather, wind, the other team’s fans in YOUR stadium, which happens a lot in LA…Does McVay not know how to prepare his team? Anything can happen in an NFL game. By game 17, the Rams and the Chargers surely realize that their fan bases are not exactly huge in So-Fi stadium. Bottom line is they choked another game away to the 49ers…6 in a row. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Cards knock them out.

  22. Wasn’t this every Rams home game? A 12 win season. It’s much better that the Rams are back in LA (St. Louis was stupid, as are the Chargers not being in SD and the Raiders being in Vegas) but LA is a horrible NFL market.

  23. How does Stafford handle road games where there will almost always be crowd noise against him. It isn’t like there are many traveling Lambs fans.

  24. I love how much this team gets under the skin of opposing fans. There’s so much petty hate and jealousy in this comment section and it’s hilarious.

  25. “I love how much this team gets under the skin of opposing fans. ”

    Based on what McVay said, it’s the exact opposite. The Niners fans got under the Rams skin.

  26. Seats at SoFi are so expensive that I can’t justify the cost of going to a game. I saw Niners fans in seats that cost more than my rent – in some cases more than twice my rent.

  27. “It’s unusual for a coach to admit he wasn’t prepared for a standard sports situation.”

    It’s called an excuse. McVay was embarrassed.

  28. How in the heck can a team that had to face large opposing crowds in every home game during the regular season be surprised when a visiting in-state team has a large supportive crowd? Sheesh. . . .

  29. LA is a city made up of transplants. Few are actually native to LA. And any REAL football fan loves and follows the team they grew up with, not the team of the city they moved to.

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