SANTA CLARA — After the 49ers' 24-20 win over the Steelers on Sunday, Richard Sherman confirmed that the Levi's Stadium home crowd did not disappoint.
Before San Francisco's home opener, the 49ers cornerback called for the fans to be loud when the defense was on the field. He was quite aware that the 49ers have not necessarily been worthy of fan participation during the past few seasons.
"I think no matter where you're playing, no matter what stadium you're in, in order to get the fans enthusiastic about coming to see you, especially at this stadium where it's kind of hot -- and there's not a lot of shade -- you have to put on a good product,” Sherman explained on Thursday. “And that's on us. That's on the team, that's on the players, and that's on the coaches."
Levi’s Stadium, which is not known for providing an overwhelming home-field advantage, did exactly that. Sherman gave his own "thank you" to the fans during his postgame press conference Sunday afternoon.
“Oh man, it had a great impact,” Sherman said. “Niner gang, we appreciate you guys. We went out and fought for you. It’s not always pretty. It’s not always going to be a blowout where you get to sit comfortably in your seats and drink.
“Sometimes we got to keep you on the edge of your seats, keep you involved, keep you in the seats, that’s what they told us. We did appreciate you guys sticking through, being loud, being proud. 3-0 for the first time since ’98. Niner gang.”
The 49er Faithful will have to wait two weeks before they will get another opportunity to provide another assist to the defense, as the team has their bye during Week 4.
The team’s next matchup is scheduled for Oct. 7 against the Browns on "Monday Night Football."