You like that? I sure did. After going up 27, the 49ers went conservative and dared Kirk Cousins to get 17 points. The Vikings did nothing. The 49ers advance to the NFC Championship with the 10 points scored against their defense made from dumb decisions.
49ers clearly trying to play conservative and run more running plays for the field goal. It’s 27-10, 49ers. Start breathing folks. The 49ers got this.
Mitch Wishnowsky punts, Vikings muff, the 49ers have an opportunity for more points.
Tevin Coleman just ran it back in...again. The 49ers now have 24 points and the Vikings souls. We have a lot of football left, but we can begin with the easy breaths. This game is FAR from over, but another stop and the 49ers can start wearing away the defense.
The Vikings souls belong to the 49ers’ run game.
Richard Sherman answers the subsequent drive with a pick. 49ers take over in Vikings territory. A questionable roughness call on Bosa pushed them back 15 yards but wow. Need a touchdown.
The 49ers got the ball and moved down field thanks to some clutch catches and great runs. Unfortunately, a head scratching playcall on third down forced a field goal. It’s 17-10, 49ers. Field goals aren’t going to do it.
Get your blood pressure meds. The 49ers moved the ball down the field but it wasn’t without us having strokes. Emmanual Sanders was pile driven to the ground (why forward progress wasn’t called, I may never know) and Deebo Samuel fumbled the ball just as his knee hit the ground.
The 49ers had some great throws and then ran it down the Vikings’ throat at the 1 with a Tevin Coleman TD. That is huge for the mental game. it’s 14-7, 49ers.
The 49ers defense showed up, but a pass interference, a completion, and a touchdown all are on people Ahkello Witherspoon was defending. It’s 7-7 49ers, hopefully Witherspoon is replaced. Bad series for Witherspoon, Saleh already has something to answer for.
The 49ers forced a three an out on the opening series and made it look easy with Garoppolo going 5-7 and a pass to Kendrick Bourne for the touchdown. Here we go. It’s 7-0 49ers.
And we’re back! The San Francisco 49ers return as NFC West Champions and are hosting a playoff game for the first time since the 2012 season. They will be welcoming the Minnesota Vikings to town in the NFC divisional where the winner will play in the NFC Championship. This will be an afternoon game on Saturday with a 1:35 P.M start time. The crew you typically see on Sunday nights will be handling the game with Al Michaels calling and Cris Collinsworth on color.
The 49ers earned a much-needed bye with their clutch victory over the Seattle Seahawks. This allowed them to heal up and get ready for their second gauntlet of the season: the NFL playoffs. Jimmy Garoppolo has shown why he was paid all that money in 2018 through the season, being in the top-10 in several categories and having a lights-out completion percentage. He also is third in yards per attempt. Behind Garoppolo the wide receivers have come alive with veteran Emmanuel Sanders leading the charge and rookie Deebo Samuel showing he was worth the second round pick in the draft. And don’t forget George Kittle, where we don’t need to bother describing just how crucial he is to this 49ers offense. On the other end, the 49ers defense has had a huge step up from last year, even if it wasn’t always pretty. They began as an absolute clamp on opposing offenses, but have sprang some leaks as time went on due to injuries. The good news is linebacker Kwon Alexander should return, as will safety Jaquiski Tartt. Forget his play (which has been lights out), Alexander’s emotional value to the defense can’t be ignored. Tartt’s absence was sorely felt when Marcell Harris filled in . The 49ers have transformed from what they were at the end of the 2016 season, becoming a power and a team no one wants or will want to run into going into the playoffs or into 2020.
But then there’s the 49ers’ dopplegangers, the Minnesota Vikings. Despite having a few more losses, and their wins being nothing spectacular, quarterback Kirk Cousins got the monkey off his back last week in the wildcard round outplaying an eratic Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in the Supedome. Despite being on the road in one of the most difficult places to play in the league, Cousins won his first playoff game. The Vikings roll into California with all the momentum and emotion on their sides and despite the odds making them 6.5-point underdogs, many are beginning to believe that Minnesota’s beloved purple might have their year.
The 49ers have rested up for the bye and have a lot of players that were nursing injuries ready to go. Linebacker Kwon Alexander has been activated off injured reserve and Jacquiski Tartt is ready to roll. Guard Mike Person will also be returning. Defensive end Dee Ford is a game-time decision.
The Vikings have some injuries to deal with. Adam Thielan cut his foot/ankle and might be playing in a bloody sock game as a result. Thielan is officially listed as questionable. Cornerback Mackensie Alexander and safety Jayron Kearse are both out.
Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Game time: Saturday, January 11, 01:35 P.M., PT
TV channel: NBC
Online streaming: fuboTV, NBC Sports
Radio: 810-AM, 107.7 (Greg Papa) | Full listings
Spanish Radio: KTRB 860-AM (Jesús Zárate, Carlos Ramirez)
Matchup history: Series tied 23-23-1
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
Enemy blog: Daily Norseman
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Regular season schedule
Week 1: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers , 1:25 P.M., FOX, Sunday, September 8 31-17 WIN Week 2: @ Cincinnati Bengals , 10:00 A.M., FOX, Sunday, September 15 41-17 WIN Week 3: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers , 1:25 P.M., CBS, Sunday, September 22, 24-20 WIN Week 4: Bye week Week 5: vs. Cleveland Browns 5:15 P.M., ESPN, Monday, October 7 31-3, WIN Week 6: @ Los Angeles Rams , 1:05 P.M., FOX, Sunday, October 13 20-1 WIN Week 7: @ Washington, 10:00 A.M., FOX, Sunday, October 20 9-0 WIN Week 8: vs. Carolina Panthers , 1:05 P.M., FOX, Sunday, October 27 51-13 WIN Week 9: @ Arizona Cardinals , 5:20 P.M., FOX, Thursday, October 31 28-25 WIN Week 10: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 5:15 P.M., ESPN, Monday, November 11 27-24 LOSS Week 11: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:05 P.M., FOX, Sunday, November 17 36-26 WIN Week 12: vs. Green Bay Packers , 1:25 P.M., FOX, Sunday, November 24 37-8 WIN Week 13: @ Baltimore Ravens , 10:00 A.M., FOX, Sunday, December 1 20-17 LOSS Week 14: @ New Orleans Saints 10:00 A.M., FOX, Sunday, December 8 48-46 WIN Week 15: vs. Atlanta Falcons , 1:25 P.M., FOX, Sunday, December 15 29-22 LOSS Week 16: vs. Los Angeles Rams, TBD, Saturday, December 21 34-31 WIN Week 17: @ Seattle Seahawks, 5:20 P.M., NBC, Sunday, December 29 26-21, WIN
Season finish: 13-3, 1st seed, NFC West champions
Wild card round: BYE
NFC divisional: vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:30 P.M., NBC, Saturday, January 11