49ers fly out OVER 800 staffers, interns and family members to the Super Bowl as the NFC champions gear up to face the Chiefs in Las Vegas
- The 49ers defeated the Packers and Lions in the playoffs after a 12-5 season
- San Francisco has not won the Lombardi Trophy since Super Bowl XXIX in 1994
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The San Francisco 49ers flew more than 800 individuals to Las Vegas as their team prepares to face the Kansas City Chiefs at Super Bowl LVIII.
On Friday, the 49ers shared a video of full-time staff members, interns, family and friends boarding a United Airlines plane as they take the short flight from the Bay Area to Sin City.
“Ready for the Super Bowl?” asked the person behind the camera before the passengers cheered in unison. Plenty represented the team during the flight with their 49ers hats and jerseys.
The 49ers sealed the top-seeded finish in the NFC with a 12-5 record this season. They narrowly defeated the Green Bay Packers in the divisional playoffs and came from behind to knock off the Detroit Lions in the conference championship.
San Francisco rallied behind Brock Purdy’s 4,280 passing yards and 31 touchdowns this season. Complementing him was Christian McCaffrey’s 1,459 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns that earned him Offensive Player of the Year honors.
The San Francisco 49ers flew more than 800 staff members, interns, family and friends to Las Vegas
The NFC champions will face the Kansas City Chiefs for the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday
The team didn’t have the smoothest week in Las Vegas, as they encountered several inconveniences before Sunday’s game.
The team woke up to a fire alarm at 6 a.m. Thursday at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa, which Taybor Pepper said went on for 18 minutes. McCaffrey and defensive end Nick Bosa later claimed that the false alarm was anything but an accident.
“I think there’s no way it’s random,” McCaffrey said. ‘That’s part of it. It’s just more wood being thrown on the fire.’
“I’m sure somebody did,” Bosa added. ‘It kind of reminded me of Philly when they had this construction going on outside. It was early in the morning and they were like tearing down a bridge right outside our hotel. We didn’t have the best luck. But no excuses.’
Earlier this week, the 49ers also expressed their displeasure about the field conditions at UNLV where they held practices before Sunday.
49ers quarterback Christian McCaffrey was named the Offensive Player of the Year on Thursday
Brock Purdy led the 49ers with 4,280 passing yards and 31 touchdowns this season
The NFL laid a natural grass surface on top of UNLV’s artificial turf. However, 49ers personnel noted that the surface was too soft for the team to practice on.
With San Francisco serving as the away team, they don’t get the benefit of playing at the local NFL team’s facilities that the Kansas City Chiefs do.
Despite their complaints, the pitch was deemed acceptable from a health and safety point of view. The 49ers held their final practice at UNLV on Friday as they wrapped up preparations.
“We’re just trying to get to Sunday and be as prepared as we can,” Bosa said. “And if we have to deal with some more issues, we’re ready to do that.”
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