SANTA CLARA — Here is the live blog for the 49ers’ divisional playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings. I will update this with information and analysis from the press box.
12:15 Here are the 49ers’ inactices:
- LB Azeez Al-Shaair
- RB Jeff Wilson Jr.
- WR Jordan Mattews
- DT Kevin Givens
- TE Daniel Helm
- CB Dontae Johnson
- QB C.J. Beathard
This means Dee Ford is active.
12:17 Here are the Vikings’ inactives:
- S Jayron Kearse
- DT Hercules Mata’afa
- DE Eddie Yarbrough
- WR Alexander Collins
- G Dru Samia
- T Olisaemeka Udoh
- T Aviante Collins
12:19 Check out this video I took during pregame warmups:
1:35 The 49ers win the toss and defer. The Vikings will receive the opening kickoff.
1:37 On third and eight, Kirk Cousins throws the ball high and out of bounds because no one is open, and the Vikings go three and out. Great start for the 49ers’ defense. They held Dalvin Cook to two yards on his first two carries.
1:44. On first and goal from the three-yard line, Jimmy Garoppolo throws a touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne, the 49ers’ secret weapon. The 49ers lead 7-0. Jimmy Garoppolo completed five or six passes for 57 yards. His one incomplete pass was a drop. He doesn’t seem to have the playoff jitters in his first playoff start.
1:53 On third and two from the 49ers 41, Ahkello Witherspoon gives up a 41-yard touchdown catch to Stefon Diggs. Game tied at seven. The Niners must bench Witherspoon right now. He’s not ready for this game.
2:07 On first and goal from the Vikings 36, Mike McGlinchey reacts late to the snap and gives up a sack to Danielle Hunter. Two plays later, McGlinchey commits a false start. The 49ers will punt when the second quarter starts.
2:13 Arik Armstead sacks Cousins on first and 10 from the Vikings 12-yard line. Two plays later, the Vikings go three and out. The 49ers get the ball at their 47-yard line after an 18-yard punt return by Richie James.
2:27 On second and goal from the 1, Tevin Coleman dives into the end zone for the touchdown, and the 49ers lead 14-7 with 7:10 remaining in the first half.
2:32 On third and 9 from the Vikings 44, Cousins completes a three yard pass to Kyle Rudolph, and the Vikings go three and out. The 49ers get the ball at their eight-yard line after the punt. With the exception of Witherspoon, the 49ers defense has been dominant.
2:39 On first and 10 from the 49ers 19, Garoppolo telegraphs a pass to Deebo Samuel, and Erick Kendricks picks him off. Vikings get the ball at the 49ers’ 29.
2:46 On third and 11 from the 49ers 17, Dee Ford sacks Cousins for a four-yard loss. The 49ers defense has given up just four first downs, and Witherspoon gave up three of them. The 49ers lead 14-10.
3:02 The 49ers get the ball to start the second half.
3:10 On third and 2 from the Vikings 17, Garoppolo throws the ball away instead of passing to Kyle Juszczyk who was wide open in the end zone. Garoppolo never saw him. Robbie Gould makes a 35-yard field goal and the 49ers lead 17-10.
3:16 On third and 9 from the Vikings 36, Richard Sherman intercepts a pass intended for Adam Thielen. Sherman seemed like he knew what play was coming. Afterward, Nick Bosa committed a 15-yard penalty. Niners get the ball at the Vikings’ 43.
3:22 On first and goal from the 2, Coleman runs for a touchdown. The 49ers lead 24-10. The 49ers ran the ball eight times and passed it no times during that drives. The Vikings look like they’ve played two road games in six days. They’re gassed.
3:28 On third and four from the Vikings 34, Cousins throws an incomplete pass intended for tight end Kyle Rudolph. Emmanuel Moseley had tight coverage. The Vikings go three and out. The 49ers get the ball at their 17-yard line after the punt.
3:33 The 49ers run three straight times and go three and out. Conservative to the max.
3:34 The Vikings fumble the punt and Raheem Mostert recovers at the Vikings’ 10.
3:37 The 49ers will face third and goal from the 4 when the fourth quarter starts.
3:40 Gould makes a 21-yard field goal and the 49ers lead 27-10.
3:48 On third and 8 from the Vikings 36, Nick Bosa sacks Cousins, and the Vikings go three and out. They have just one first down since Ahkello Witherspoon left the game in the first quarter.
3:57 On third and 7 from the Vikings 47, DeForest Buckner sacks Cousins, and the Vikings go three and out AGAIN. This is one of the greatest defensive performances in playoff history.
4:05 On third and 6 from the 49ers 44, Matt Breida runs for five yards. The 49ers punt on the next play. The Vikings get the ball at their 20 with 4:32 left.
4:11 On fourth and 1 form the 49ers’ 40, Jimmie Ward breaks up a deep pass intended for Diggs.
4:12 Raheem Mostert injured his calf. No word yet on the severity.
4:17 On fourth and 1 from the 49ers’ 49, Breida fumbles and the Vikings recover. What happened to Breida?? He used to be good.
4:20 On fourth and 22, Cousins completes a pass over the middle to Irv Smith Jr., but Jimmie Ward tackles him one yard shy of the first down. The 49ers win 27-10. Stay tuned for my game story and report card.