Matthew Stafford’s wife was amazed by how many 49ers fans showed up at SoFi Stadium

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The Rams may be seeing red about the amount of red they saw at SoFi Stadium on Sunday. And they could be seeing plenty more red on Monday night against the Cardinals.

“I’ve never seen so many of the opposing team’s fans at a game, and we came from Detroit,” Kelly Stafford, wife of Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, recently said. “Matthew was on a silent count, Jimmy Garoppolo was not. . . . It was crazy. Again, I’ve never seen anything like that but it made it very hard for us, because I guess we weren’t expecting to be on silent count.”

Apart from the fact that the 49ers travel well, the NFL’s abandonment of Los Angeles for 20 years invited the millions of football fans living there to develop an affinity for any team they chose. Thus, there are thousands of fans of every team (or maybe most teams) in Los Angeles.

Thus, regardless of the proximity of Phoenix, there are plenty of Cardinals fans in L.A. And just as there were plenty of 49ers fans at Sunday’s game, there may be plenty of Cardinals fans at Monday night’s game.

31 responses to “Matthew Stafford’s wife was amazed by how many 49ers fans showed up at SoFi Stadium

  1. “I’ve never seen so many of the opposing team’s fans at a game, and we came from Detroit,”
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    Detroit has one of the most loyal fan bases in the NFL. Nothing like the fans in LA.

  2. Let me help everybody out. Bet the Cardinals money line on Monday night. Stafford doesn’t win big games. The few that he played in when he was in Detroit he sucked. He had plenty of talent around him on offense too so don’t let the national media fool you with that non sense. He’s not a big game QB.

  3. The LA market is fractured. The Rams were in St Louis for a long time and then returned to Los Angeles. Meanwhile the Raiders were in LA for a long time. The Rams just got back. It’s going to take years to consolidate a loyal local fan base.

  4. Regardless of fan attendance, the Rams’ loss was perhaps the most depressing loss in the entire 50 years that I’ve been a Rams fan. And yes, I’m counting the “same old sorry Rams” period of 17 straight losses to the 49ers. This was worse than that, it was worse than the 13-3 Super Bowl loss (because after all, we were in the Super Bowl.) I lived through the horrific period from 2005 to 2016, but bad losses were expected back then, and even moral victories were hard to come by. But in this game, after dominating the first half, and leading 17-3, the Rams collapsed into an utterly pathetic heap of weak ineptitude.

  5. I went to the game in detroit, and in Cincinnati we represented very well. We are the world’s team.

  6. The Lions never left Detroit. Let alone for 21 years.

    LA is a city with fans of many different teams who aren’t going to drop them just like that.

    “Fan loyalty” is misnomer anyway; it’s nothing more than how the NFL gets you to spend money on their product.

    Anyone who can turn a profit flipping tickets, more power to them.

  7. supercharger says:
    January 13, 2022 at 8:44 pm
    “I’ve never seen so many of the opposing team’s fans at a game, and we came from Detroit,”
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    Detroit has one of the most loyal fan bases in the NFL. Nothing like the fans in LA.

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    A related fact is that people don’t quite plan an away game road trip to Detroit the way they do in LA, Vegas or formerly San Diego. So if we’re being honest, that plus the fan loyalty tends to keep the home field advantage intact.

  8. Theres always a bunch of the opposing teams fans at rams games. It’s been that way since they moved back to LA.

  9. What did they expect? They went decades without a team. Then within one season they had two. What a foolish idea.

  10. supercharger says:
    January 13, 2022 at 8:44 pm
    “I’ve never seen so many of the opposing team’s fans at a game, and we came from Detroit,”
    ——-

    Detroit has one of the most loyal fan bases in the NFL. Nothing like the fans in LA.
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    Pssh ever seen a Bears-Lions game at Ford Field?

  11. Cardinals fans were outnumbered by Green Bay fans when they played in Phoenix. I don’t see Cards fans outnumbering anyone on the road.

  12. She should go to a Chargers game. Went to see Chargers – Steelers. Chargers were the first home team in NFL history to take the crowd out of the game, by Winning!

  13. You build these futuristic stadiums in Los Angeles and Las Vegas what do you expect? Of course the opposing teams fans are going to target these stadiums.

  14. The Raiders still have the largest LA fan base. Just go to a Chargers “home game” when they play Vegas…

  15. supercharger says:
    Detroit has one of the most loyal fan bases in the NFL. Nothing like the fans in LA.
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    Apparently you’ve never attended a Detroit game where the Bears or Ohio teams were on a roll. Or for that matter when Detroit hosts Green Bay. And obviously you don’t know about LA.

  16. “I’ve never seen so many of the opposing team’s fans at a game, and we came from Detroit,”
    ——-

    Detroit has one of the most loyal fan bases in the NFL. Nothing like the fans in LA.

    That is true but I did go to a few Lions Bears games in the late 80’s at the Silverdome, and there were up to 30,000 Bears fans there, or so the media estimated. I believe it, as the end zone I was in during 1989, was nearly all Bears fans

  17. Mrs. Stafford needn’t worry ’cause here’s how it works out West:
    Pete Carroll beats Mike Shanahan
    Mike Shanahan beats Sean McVay
    And Kliff Kingsbury beats himself.
    Besides, neither the Cardinals or the Rams are getting past Breen Bay

  18. It is really not that hard to understand or be surprised about. 49er fans are everywhere and they love to travel. With that being a big win or go home game, they should have expected that to happen.

  19. She was amazed and, according to McVay, so we’re the Rams, to the point that they actually let it affect their performance. 🙄

    It’s LA, people. Football is WAY down the list of priorities.

  20. Los Angeles was never a good football market. LA will have trouble supporting one team never mind two. And that’s why teams left in the past and likely will again in the future.

  21. It’s the nature of the area….I remember going to Angel games at the Big A back in the early 70’s…there were always as many, if not more, Red Sox, Tigers and Yankee fans than there were Angel fans…LA teams don’t have a true home field advantage like most other teams do….It’s nothing new

  22. No offense to Detroit or Detroit fans, but Detroit isn’t exactly a vacation destination. I look at fan loyalty based on opposing fans at my favorite team’s home games, and the fans I see travel well are Packer, Bears, Cowboys and Steeler fans — rarely see any Lions fans.

  23. Respect for Niners fans – they do travel well – I was at the Niners-Saints game in the sold out Superdome (the 48-46 classic in 2019)when both teams were 10-1, and there had to be at least 10,000 Niners fans there, and they were LOUD! By contrast, the number of Rams fans at the No-Call NFC championship had to be less than a hundred, out of almost 75,000.

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