SANTA CLARA -- St. Louis is in danger of losing its NFL team and this weekend's trip to the "Gateway to the West" could be the 49ers' last for some time.
But Rams coach Jeff Fisher said the home crowd hasn't given up their fight despite the possibility the team could be playing in the Los Angeles region as early as next season.
"They helped us win this ball game," Fisher said of St. Louis' 24-6 win over the Browns on Sunday. "Because they helped contribute to four false starts. It created some problems because they were so into the game. So we're very, very appreciative of everybody that's coming out and supporting us."
Cleveland coach Mike Pettine acknowledged the crowd was a problem: “The noise gets to you. It was hard for our guys to hear.”
The numbers, at least, haven't been very impressive.
The Rams are averaging just under 52,000 fans per home game, which ranks last in the NFL. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimated that actual attendance for Sunday's game against Cleveland probably was in the 40,000-45,000 range.
On Tuesday the NFL held a town hall meeting in St. Louis for fans to voice concerns about the possibility of their team leaving for Los Angeles. Rams' owner Stan Kroenke -- boos rang out at the meeting at every mention of his name -- has purchased land in Inglewood for a potential stadium and many league observers believe the Rams are ahead of the Chargers and Raiders when it comes to first dibs on the region.
Fisher said he paid little attention to the meeting.
"You know how coaches are -- man, I'm (concentrating) on San Francisco," he said. "I found out (Tuesday) afternoon that there was a meeting taking place. Our players are fine. They're focused. They're focused on the next opponent. And as has been said many, many times by many different people: It doesn't matter to them whether they play in front of 10,000 people or 100,000. But we are very grateful and appreciative of those who have continued to support us."
"It's been fun this year and they've seen some good football," he continued. "I actually had to quiet them down a little bit when the offense had the ball because they were chanting, "Gurley," and it's hard for us to communicate."
Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley indeed seems like a good reason for fans to show up Sunday. He appears recovered from the ACL injury he suffered last year at the University of Georgia and ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns against the Browns.
The 49ers rank 20th in rushing defense.