San Francisco 49ers Jed York, left, receives the NFC Championship trophy after the team defeated the Green Bay Packers 37-20 at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA – Once the pregame fun is done, once the cornhole boards and tailgate spreads are packed up in the parking lots, welcome sights await inside Levi’s Stadium on Sunday.
First, fans are back to cheer on the 49ers’ first game since the 2019 season’s NFC Championship Game. They were locked out amid COVID precautions last season, and the 49ers haven’t even played an official game there since last Nov. 5 because of the county’s health blockade.
And look who the 49ers will be hosting: the Green Bay Packers, the same team from that Super Bowl-clinching rout in January 2020 and even the same opponent from Nov. 5.
A rallying cry emerged from players and coaches alike this past week: Get rowdy, 49ers Faithful.
Kickoff is not unitl 5:20 p.m. under NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” spotlight, and that prime-time start could trigger a home-field advantage. More noise, more fun, right?
“The more rowdy the fans are, the better,” coach Kyle Shanahan said, “And usually the longer they have to do that and play corn hole and tailgate, usually the better for us.”
Added 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo: “I can’t wait to get all them screaming and everything like that. It’s going to be a…