LOS ANGELES – Not only does he wear royal blue and gold on the pitch, but he also has a heart of gold.
Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald wants to help send a fan and guest to the highly anticipated NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium on Sunday. The new Inglewood Stadium will also host Super Bowl LVI.
The three-time Defensive Player of the Year and eight-time Pro Bowler has partnered with CAUZEO to make one lucky fan’s dream come true. Profits will benefit AD99 Solution, a non-profit organization founded by Donald in 2019. The organization benefits children who live in underserved communities in Pittsburgh.
With a $10 donation, fans will have the chance to win the grand prize of two lower-tier tickets to Sunday’s game, and the runner-up will receive an autographed Donald jersey.
NFC Matchup: Old West rivals meet for Super Bowl berth
The 49ers have owned the Rams for the past six meetings and are 75-67-3 against their California rivals.
Until Sunday, only one of all those matchups was in the playoffs — the Niners also won it 30-3 in 1989 on their way to the most lopsided Super Bowl victory.
Now San Francisco is going for a three-game sweep against Los Angeles, though the Rams are home favorites.
Every team has last-second victories on field goals, the Niners in the tundra at Lambeau Field, the Rams in sweet Tampa over Tom Brady and the Bucs. They know each other so well that their coaches could probably switch sides and be comfortable.
San Francisco’s mastery of longtime rival must raise the confidence level of the 49ers, while ticking off the Rams. Not to be overlooked is how the 49ers rallied to beat the Rams in the season finale, which SF needed to qualify for the playoffs.
That said, the Rams play at home — SoFi Stadium will host the Super Bowl, and the more than five-decade streak of teams not hosting the big game ended in Tampa last year.
Los Angeles added stars to Stafford, Miller and Beckham with one thing in mind: getting back to the Super Bowl the Rams lost three years ago. And the Niners, with many of the same players still on hand, lost their shot at winning the NFL title two years ago against Kansas City.
Both teams therefore have bad taste to remove.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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