Minnesota Vikings 23 – San Francisco 49ers 34
The 49ers compiled a 13-3 record during the regular season, earning a No. 1 seed and first-round bye week (along with the Green Bay Packers). I’m not sure anyone expected the Vikings to come out of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with a win, but here we are.
The Vikings opened the game with an impressive drive capped by a two-yard touchdown run by Dalvin Cook. Their defense stopped the 49ers on their first possession; however, Kirk Cousins handed it right back to San Francisco at the 40-yard-line with an interception by Fred Warner. The 49ers capitalized on the turnover with a one-yard touchdown run by Matt Breida.
The Vikings regained the lead midway through the second quarter on a 31-yard field goal. A quick stop by the defense set them up for another, and Dan Bailey drilled a 41-yard kick.
Minnesota looked to head into halftime with a 13-7 lead; however, Jimmy Groppalo led an impressive two-minute drill. He ended the quarter with a two-yard touchdown pass to George Kittle to give the 49ers a 14-13 halftime lead.
San Fran started the second half right where they ended the first, driving down the field and scoring a touchdown on a two-yard run by Matt Breida. Not much else happened in the third quarter, except for a 49-yard field goal by Robbie Gould to give the 49ers a 24-16 lead heading into the fourth.
Minnesota continued struggling on offense. The 49ers extended their lead with a 48-yard field goal. They blew the game open on a one-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to Emmanuel Sanders. A garbage-time touchdown — a 5-yard pass from Cousins to Stefon Diggs — made the final score 34-23.
Jimmy Garoppolo posted a solid day, completing 22-29 for 241 yards and two touchdowns. It was a rough outing for Kirk Cousins, who completed 19-33 for 202 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Dalvin Cook rushed for over 100 yards and added a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough against a staunch 49ers defense. On the receiving end, Stefon Diggs led the Vikings with nine catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. George Kittle led the 49ers with eight receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown.