49ers and Jerry Rice get some love on ABC sitcom ‘Home Economics’

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The San Francisco 49ers and Levi’s Stadium will enjoy extensive national primetime television coverage in the coming days.

Not only does the team host the Green Bay Packers on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” but a Niners game provides the storyline for Wednesday night’s Season 2 opener of “Home Economics” (9:30 p.m., ABC).

“Home Economics” is a family sitcom set in the Bay Area. It follows the often awkward relationship between three adult siblings – one of whom is ultra-rich (Jimmy Tatro as Connor), one stuck in the middle class (Topher Grace as Tom) and the other who struggles financially (Caitlin McGee as Sarah).

In the first game, Connor acquires some luxury suite tickets to a game in Santa Clara, where he hopes to land a big business deal. His siblings and their children are invited, but things get a bit uncomfortable because Tom, who was never athletic as a child, knows nothing about football.

Jerry Rice and Topher Grace (ABC).

Instead of admitting his lack of knowledge, he tries to fake it (after a quick Wikipedia tutorial).

Some of the episode’s funniest moments happen when 49ers legend Jerry Rice passes through the sequel. Tom, of course, has no idea who Rice is. He attempts to carry on a football conversation with the Hall of Famer – and, of course, fumbles.

TV comedies are often very lame when they try (and fail) to replicate a true pro-sports atmosphere. But at least the producers of “Home Economics” tried to go further.

Tom and his wife Marina (Karla Souza), for example, are suitably outfitted in George Kittle and Jimmy Garoppolo jerseys, respectively. 49ers linebacker Fred Warner gets a yell. Bay Area rapper/singer and 49ers super fan 24kGoldn makes an appearance. And even 49ers mascot Sourdough Sam shows up for an appearance.

Now if we could only get Tom to check out Jerry Rice’s Wikipedia page.

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