The 49ers’ busy road to the Super Bowl title passes through Los Angeles

The 49ers are, so far, carving out an unprecedented road trip to reach the Super Bowl.

At least this next stop is a short, familiar jaunt.

They will visit the Los Angeles Rams for the NFC Championship at 3:30 p.m. next Sunday at SoFi Stadium, where the 49ers won in overtime two weeks ago, and where Super Bowl LVI will be held on February 13.

That’s right, these traveling businessmen from Santa Clara headquarters won’t have to leave California anymore if they want to bring home the franchise’s sixth Lombardi Trophy.

The No. 4-seeded Rams advanced with a 30-27 win over the defending Super Bowl champion and the No. 2-seeded Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Of the seven teams that have previously won the Super Bowl as wildcards, none have come through the final two months of their season as much as the 49ers so far. It will be their seventh game on the road in nine weeks.

Just two weeks ago, the 49ers kept their season alive by rallying from a 17-0 deficit and beating the Rams in overtime, locking the 49ers into the NFC’s No. what joker.

SoFi Stadium was besieged by red-clad 49ers fans, and it was so loud the Rams offense resorted to a silent count in the 27-24 thriller.

If the 49ers win on Sunday’s recall visit — where the Rams attempt to sell tickets only to local residents — they will effectively make their fourth appearance this season at SoFi Stadium. It was there that they played their only road game of the preseason, a win over the Chargers.

These issues are much more important. After the Jan. 9 victory over the host Rams, there was a stinging win at third-seeded Dallas, followed by a fourth-quarter comeback on Saturday night in the snow at No. 1 Green Bay.

Jet lag? That can wait, apparently.

This nine-game streak began on December 5 in Seattle (loss) before ensuing visits to Cincinnati (December 12, win), Tennessee (December 23, loss), the Los Angeles Rams (win on January 9 ), in Dallas (victory on January 9). 16, victory), Green Bay (January 22, victory) and return to Los Angeles this Sunday.

It’s been seven trips, and the most wildcard champions have traveled in six of the nine games leading up to a Super Bowl.

“It’s very rewarding to be an underdog, to come in and take something,” linebacker Fred Warner said after Saturday’s 13-10 win over the Packers.

Before flying to Green Bay on Friday, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan felt his team was ready to go after quickly overcoming any jet lag earlier in the week. The road also offers a chance to rest, at least before kick-off.

“I don’t mind traveling,” Shanahan said Friday. “…It’s harder to sit there and hang out when you’re with your whole family, as opposed to just sitting in a hotel room, so I think our guys fall asleep, we catches up.”

It should be noted that the 49ers won two weeks prior across the country in Jacksonville. It was also the first season of the 17-game schedule, which meant an extra game on the road for the 49ers. They are 8-3 overall on the road this year and, incidentally, 7-1 in their traditional road uniform of white jerseys and gold pants (0-2 in all-white throwbacks).

The Rams, meanwhile, will attempt to do what the Bucs did last season: win a Super Bowl on their home turf, the first time that has happened in the game’s 55-year history. The Rams have lost six back-to-back games against the 49ers, getting swept in the home series every year since 2019.

Here are the seven previous wildcard champions and the road games they’ve played in the nine total games leading up to their respective Super Bowl:

1980 Raiders

6 road games (in the last nine): In Seattle (W), Philadelphia (L), Denver (W), New York Giants (W), Cleveland (W), San Diego (W)

Beat the Eagles in Super Bowl XV, 27-10

1997 Broncos

6: In Kansas City (L), San Diego (W), Pittsburgh (L), San Francisco (L), Kansas City (W), Pittsburgh (W)

Beat the Packers in Super Bowl XXXII, 31-24

2000 crows

4: In Tennessee (West), Arizona (West), Tennessee (West), Oakland (West)

Beat the Super Bowl XXXV Giants, 34-7

2005 Steelers

Beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, 21-10

6: In Indianapolis (L), Minnesota (W), Cleveland (W), Cincinnati (W), Indianapolis (W), Denver (W)

Giants 2007

6: In Chicago (W), Philadelphia (W), Buffalo (W), Tampa Bay (W), Dallas (W), Green Bay (W)

Beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, 17-14

Packers 2010

6: In Atlanta (L), Detroit (L), New England (L), Philadelphia (F), Atlanta (F), Chicago (F)

Beat the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, 31-25

2020 tickets

Beat the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, 31-9

5: In Atlanta (W), Detroit (W), Washington (W), New Orleans (W), Green Bay (W)

“The way this year has gone has made this trip special, and I’m glad it’s continuing,” defensive end Nick Bosa said.

Two years ago, the 49ers took advantage of home-court advantage and won their NFC playoff games against Minnesota and Green Bay at Levi’s Stadium (before falling in the Super Bowl to the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami). ).

“There’s nothing we love more than being home and being in our own stadium with our fans and the noise,” Shanahan said, “but other than that we don’t mind either more to go on the road.”

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