|Undercover officers will be at Candlestick Park Sunday to help keep the peace. (Getty Images)|
By Ryan Wilson
Almost five months ago to the day, two men were shot in the Candlestick Park parking lot following a Raiders-49ers preseason game. One of the victims was reportedly wearing a "F--- the 49ers" shirt. That incident came months after San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten by two men allegedly wearing Los Angeles Dodgers gear outside Dodger Stadium.
In advance of Sunday's NFC Conference Championship game between the Giants and 49ers. The San Francisco Police Department will dispatch undercover officers throughout the stadium dressed as Giants fans. The plan, according to SFPD Sgt. Mike Andraychak, is to make sure that Giants fans aren't harassed or threatened during a game that's set to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. local time).
“They asked for additional staffing at the game, also for additional officers in plain clothes so they could be in the stands, where Giants fans are seated,” Andraychak said according to CBS San Francisco.
Undercover officers will serve as observers, Andraychak explained, and if necessary call in uniformed officers to handle situations as they arise.
“The first step would be ejection. If you’re threatening, intimidating or using profanity, you should expect to be ejected from either the parking lot or if you’re inside the game.”
The Giants-49ers rivalry -- especially in the postseason -- goes back decades. One of the most physical games in recent playoff history took place in January 1991 when Lawrence Taylor's Giants met Joe Montana's 49ers in Candlestick.
After dominating the Green Bay Packers last week, the New York Giants will travel to Candlestick Park to square off against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship. Join NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz as they break down this matchup.
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