If there is one X factor that is a bit unknown until Monday that is worth talking about ahead of the Wild Card Playoff game between the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams, it’s the crowd. .
In Sunday’s 27-24 loss for the Rams at SoFi Stadium to the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles fans were the vocal minority throughout a noise-dominated 49ers game.
The Rams weren’t ready for this.
“It caught us off guard,” Rams head coach Sean McVay said on Monday. “Just because of the way it’s been this year. It was great, great atmosphere, great environment. It was the same yesterday, but there was a lot of red there. It was really a surprise.
Kelly Stafford, the wife of Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, told the ‘The Next Day with Kelly Stafford’ podcast that Matthew Stafford had to be on a silent account throughout the game at his own stadium as Jimmy Garoppolo of San Francisco was not.
She posted a video clip of this on Instagram on Wednesday and left it with a caption that read, “My plea. Please don’t sell [your] tickets for Arizona fans.
“It was a difficult environment for us to communicate throughout the second half,” Matthew Stafford said in his post-match press conference on Sunday.
Now those teams reside in the same state, but the drive from San Francisco takes about six hours. This is about the same time that it will take you from Phoenix.
And Valley sports fans just had an impressive travel performance in their last playoffs.
The Phoenix Suns loyalists have traveled in droves for the teams’ four playoffs, including two in Los Angeles and one in Denver and one in Milwaukee. Point guard Chris Paul, a 100-plus playoff veteran, constantly gave props to these fans and talked about how unusual it was for an NBA team to have this kind of presence on the road.
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