Formed in 1936, the Los Angeles Rams are a professional football team based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Rams compete in the National Football League (NFL) in the NFC West Division against rivals Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, and the San Francisco 49ers. The franchise began in 1936 as the Cleveland Rams, located in Cleveland, Ohio. The club was owned by Homer Marshman and featured players such as William “Bud” Cooper, Harry “The Horse” Mattos, Stan Pincura, and Mike Sebastian. In 1945, the franchise moved to Los Angeles, CA, making way for Paul Brown’s Cleveland Browns of the All-America Football Conference and becoming the only NFL championship team to play the following season in another city. The club played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving into a reconstructed Anaheim Stadium in nearby Anaheim in 1979. After the 1994 NFL season, the Rams left California and moved east to St. Louis, MO. Five seasons after relocating, the team won Super Bowl XXXIV in a 23–16 victory over the Tennessee Titans. The Rams continued to play in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis until the end of the 2015 NFL season, when the team filed notice with the NFL of its intent to pursue a relocation back to Los Angeles. The move was approved by a 30–2 margin at an owners’ meeting in January 2016, with the Rams returning to the city for the 2016 NFL season.
Founded in 1946, the San Francisco 49ers are a professional football team located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The name “49ers” comes from the prospectors who arrived in Northern California in the 1849 Gold Rush. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) in the NFC West Division against rivals Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, and Los Angeles Rams. The team currently plays its home games at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA, located 45 miles southeast of San Francisco. Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young, and coach Bill Walsh are just a few of the Pro Football Hall of Famers that have played or coached for the franchise over the years.