49ers faithful rally on eve of divisional round game against Packers

ByLauren Martinez and Lena Howland KGO logo
Saturday, January 20, 2024
49ers faithful fans rally on eve of playoff game against Packers
Excitement is brewing in the Bay Area with the 49ers being just one day away from their divisional round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KGO) -- It's the calm before the storm in Santa Clara. The 49ers are just one day away from their divisional round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers and excitement is already building around the Bay Area.

"We came out for the ponchos. We heard about the rain. It's rare to have rain in Santa Clara like this during a game," said Doug Caskey, a 49ers season ticket holder.

The 49ers team store is clearly equipped for whatever Saturday's weather might bring, although fans only care about one thing.

Excitement is brewing in the Bay Area with the 49ers being just one day away from their divisional round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.

"I'm ready for tomorrow. I can't wait. I'm excited. I'm nervous. I want number six, so yeah, it's going to be cool," said Miriam Ceballos, a Redwood City resident. "I purposefully didn't work tomorrow for more time because I don't want to miss the game, so I'm excited!"

The 49ers are well-rested after a bye week, although the Green Bay Packers are no strangers to facing the Niners in the playoffs.

"I feel pretty good about the game going forward. Green Bay, we've played Green Bay the most out of any opponent in the NFL," Caskey said. "So Green Bay has been the most playoff games. They have played us a lot, but it's Jordan Love's first time, as opposed to Aaron Rodgers so I think we get it. I hope it's a good game."

And for some fans, it's more than just a game -- it's deeply personal, with Super Bowl dreams alive and well.

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"My father was a fan. He passed three years ago suddenly, so it would mean a lot to me," Ceballos said. "He moved to and retired to Texas but remained faithful to the Bay, so number six would mean a lot to us."

On Friday night, Blanco Urban Venue in San Jose hosted Ticketmaster's fan rally on the eve of the playoff game.

Legendary 49ers running back Frank Gore signed autographs.

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Pittsburg resident Carlos Gutierres said Gore is his favorite player.

"I'm still shaking right now - it's pretty crazy. The way he just runs through defense is like a tank, that's why he's called Frank the Tank," Gutierres said.

The gold blooded cheered, danced, and showed off their gear.

Nothing but confidence heading into Saturday's game.

Belinda Rhodes traveled from Elk Grove near Sacramento. Friends of hers call her a 'super fan,' and said Rhodes has only missed three games in the last three years.

"I feel like we finally have a team and we have leadership on our team so this is our year we're going to the Super Bowl - I'm ready!" Rhodes said.

Many fans we heard from rarely missed a game this year.

Stephanie Togami and her family have been longtime 49ers season ticket holders.

"I know it's not going to be easy cause Green Bay is a young team, but I don't think we'll have a problem," Togami said.

Before doors to this rally even opened, fans were lined up outside for hours. One of the first in line was Angie Piceno, wearing a custom made vest by Kyle Juszczyk's wife Kristin. Piceno won the jacket in a raffle last month.

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"She did this for the fans, she wanted to give back and this was her way of doing - raffling off one of the vests she made. I feel like a celebrity I feel like Taylor Swift," Piceno said.

During the rally, prizes were raffled off including two playoff tickets with field access.

Fans we'll be able to enjoy several watch parties throughout the Bay Area including plank in Oakland, Momo's in San Francisco and San Pedro Social in San Jose.

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