49ers – Vikings Live Blog

Welcome to the live blog for today’s matchup between the San Francisco 49ers (5-5) and Minnesota Vikings (5-5) from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Follow along for updates and analysis throughout the game.

4:33 Kirk Cousins misses Justin Jefferson over the middle on 4th and 8. The 49ers are going to win 33-26 and move to the 6th seed in the NFC.

4:30 49ers chew up over seven minutes, but Robbie Gould misses a 42-yard field goal wide right and Minnesota still has life in this game.

4:14 Vikings drive down to the 49ers 6-yard line and come away empty handed. Two runs get them to the 3, then Cousins throws incomplete on back-to-back plays. Huge stop for the 49ers defense. 49ers 34 Vikings 26 with 9:04 left to play.

3:55 Deebo Samuel goes down with an injury on first down, and the 49ers settle for a short Robbie Gould field goal to go up 34-26.

3:48 What a crazy second half.

3:46 After being forced to punt, Kevin Givens drills Dalvin Cook on first down and forces a fumble. Azeez Al-Shaair comes up with the ball and the 49ers will have it deep in Minnesota territory.

3:37 And just like that Minnesota pulls within 5. Kene Nwangwu takes the ensuing kickoff back 99-yards for a touchdown. 49ers 31 Vikings 26

3:34 Garoppolo hits Aiyuk for a gain of 30-yards on first down. Aiyuk has been so good since Kyle Shanahan decided to use him regularly earlier this month. 

Elijah Mitchell added 16 yards on three carries and Robbie Gould hits a 46-yard field goal following an incompletion on a deep shot to Deebo Samuel. 49ers 31 Vikings 20

3:25 Terrible possession for the 49ers defense. Dalvin Cook goes for 30 on first down, followed by Cousins to Jefferson for 15, then Minnesota runs a trick play with Jefferson throwing back to Cook for a gain of 24. On first and goal from the 6, Josh Norman has Mattison for a loss but can’t make the tackle. 49ers 28 Vikings 20

3:20 Last three plays: Samuel touchdown. Al-Shaair interception. Mitchell touchdown.

3:17 Azeez Al-Shaair intercepts Kirk Cousins on first down and take the ball all the way to the 3. Next play, Elijah Mitchell takes it in from the 3 for a touchdown. 49ers 28 Vikings 14

3:12 Deebo Samuel is a great football player. He takes a sweep around the right side 49 yards to give the 49ers first and goal. Two plays later he goes around the left side and scores from 3-yards out to give the 49ers their first lead of the day. 49ers 21 Vikings 14

3:04 49ers had 17 passes and 17 runs in the first half and half a 5-minute advantage in time of possession.

2:54 49ers offense ends the first half with a terrific 15 play, 85-yard drive that took 8:20 off the clock. Garoppolo finishes it off with a 3-yard touchdown throw to Jauan Jennings. Garoppolo was 6-8 for 51 yards on the drive. 

Game is tied at the half, 49ers 14 Vikings 14

2:29 After a quick Vikings first down, Nick Bosa drops Cousins for a loss of 6 and then Jaquiski Tartt makes two good plays in a row to end the possession. 49ers will take over at their own 15.

Trey Sermon was injured on the punt return.

2:19 Quick three and out for the 49er’s offense. Jimmy Garoppolo throws incomplete to George Kittle after runs by Samuel and Aiyuk set up 3rd and 3. Big series coming up for the defense.

2:13 The Vikings offensive weapons showed out on that series. Justin Jefferson with back-to-back receptions gains 45 yards and Cousins hits Adam Thielen for a 20-yard touchdown. Talanoa Hufanga did a terrific job of covering grass on the touchdown. Vikings 14 49ers 7

2:04 Daniel Brunskill gets walked right into the lap of Garoppolo on 3rd and 6 leading to a sack. The Vikings have attacked the RG on obvious passing situations so far today. Smart strategy. 

1:58 Charles Omenihu with a big stop of Dalvin Cook for no gain on 3rd and 2. 49ers added Omenihu at the trade deadline to bolster the defensive line, and it paid off on that play.

1:51 That’s more like it. Deebo Samuel caps off a 6 play, 75-yard drive with a sweep around the right side from 20 yards out to tie the game at 7. On that series Shanahan called 4 runs and 2 passes. 

1:45 Minnesota is missing its entire starting defensive line, so Kyle Shanahan opens with 4 passes and 2 runs on the first drive. Makes sense.

1:43 Vikings make the 49ers pay, going 49 yards in 8 plays to take the lead on a completion from Cousins to Adam Thielen. 

1:34 Jimmy Garoppolo struggling on the 49ers first possession. Four throws, all high, and he is intercepted by Harrison Smith on 3rd and 12. Minnesota will start with the ball on the 49ers side of the field.

1:27 Terrific opening for the 49ers defense, forcing a Vikings three and out. Samson Ebukam knocks down a screen pass on first down and Kirk Cousins overthrows Justin Jefferson deep on third down. 

12:15 Dre Greenlaw is back today. What do you expect to see from him?

12:05 The following players are inactive for San Francisco today: DL Maurice Hurst, RB JaMycal Hasty, OL Colton McKivitz, DL Jordan Willis

Inactive for Minnesota today are the following: QB Kellen Mond, WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette, CB Harrison Hand, LB Chazz Surratt, CB Camryn Bynum, G Wyatt Davis

Also, DE Everson Griffen is on reserve/non-football illness list, and DT Dalvin Tomlinson is on reserve/COVID-19 list.


This article has 65 Comments

  1. Really bad Jimmy is in the building. Also looks as if Shanahan has learned nothing the last two weeks, back to stupid pass heavy offense. Jimmy facing his nightmare opponent, I hope this isn’t the sign of a long afternoon.

  2. The Niners OL can’t handle the Vikings pass rush, and Jimmy has been bad so far. Hopefully Shanahan has got the message to stick with the run.

  3. I’m still trying to decide if the Aaron Rodgers commercials are more annoying or just equally annoying to the Baker Mayfield.

  4. Feels like every pass is a struggle from Jimmy. He is failing big time today.

    Now we use our last timeout after wasting two earlier, Shanahan is also having a bad game again.

    1. I don’t think Shanahan is ever going to be good at it, if he hasn’t learned by this time in his career, he never will.

    2. What was wrong with that? Finish a TD drive with 20 seconds left in the half? Was that too much time on the clock for you?

  5. D steps up when we needed it. Hufanga with a huge pass defense. Makes up for blown coverage earlier. Sustained drive now will break their back.

  6. who the f…k is this Eli M guy – Dude needs a nick name – I love how he runs so low with speed and power

    Congrats to the ELI-Minator – 4th 100 yard game

  7. Hard grinding win.

    And yes, I will rant about bad plays if I feel like it. Talking about good stuff is kinda boring and pointless.

  8. 423 yards total offense (Jimmy just 8 less than 2nd cousins 3 times removed), 100 yards advantage rushing, 15 minutes TOP advantage, 2 to 1 turnover advantage. Huge huge win. Answered all your questions, Hammer!

  9. Great win! I swear KS cannot help it. 2 games we won by dominating in the run game and time of possession and he came out throwing?! You noticed we immediately went back to the run game as soon as JG threw that interception and missing high like usual. SMH… I don’t know if they are so desperate on trying to make JG look good for potential trade or what. The whole world knows JG’s upsides and downsides. We are not fooling anybody. Just stick to what is working and let’s see how far we can ride it.

    1. Yet Jimmy made his share of clutch plays too. Converting 3rd and 13 to keep that first scoring drive going. That sprint right option TD to Jennings was a beaut – right out of one of those annoying AWS x.x% catch probability commercials.

      1. Rib I am not saying JG is useless. I actually think he is playing better the last few weeks although struggled early today with his usual high throws and an interception but made clutch plays when needed. But we know what happens when we do not establised the run 1st. JG is not going to win us many games when he has to throw a lot. That is just not a winning formula with JG. And this is my biggest complain with KS play calling this year. It took an embarassing lost to AZ to go back to the ground game.

  10. Mike Zimmer had plenty to say about the officials after this one. “These guys [the 49ers] hold every play,” he said. “They don’t want to call it every play. Until they start calling it every play, they’re not going to stop doing it.”


    Nick Bosa says hold my beer.

    1. This must have really hurt for him to make that comment. No respect now for that guy. Obviously he missed all the holds on Bosa.

  11. Finally I have to say, seldom seen a so inconsistent game. The defence had several great performances (3-and-outs, strong in front of goal-line) but also extreme weak situations (Vikings answer after 28-14 lead, and also some possessions in first half). Same is true for Jimmy G: Horrible beginning, then some nice passes in Q2 and Q3, but also a near-by interception again in Q4. The momentm changed very often …

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