San Francisco 49ers

49ers Punch Ticket To NFC Title Game With Bruising Win Over Vikings

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins didn’t like much on Saturday in Santa Clara. The San Francisco 49ers stonewalled the Vikings 27-10 in the NFC Divisional playoffs on Saturday to reach the NFC Championship next Sunday evening.

The 49ers defense held the Vikings to just 147 yards of total offense and sacked Cousins six times on the day in an emphatic performance.

San Francisco’s defense stole the headlines after a shaky start that saw them allow a 41-yard first quarter touchdown to Stefon Diggs that tied the game. However, that represented the longest play of the day against the Niners defense.

Offensively, San Francisco was paced by a bruising running game that accounted for 186 yards on the ground and a pair of rushing touchdowns. Meanwhile, San Francisco held star Vikings running back Dalvin Cook to a paltry 18 yards on just nine carries.

San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo posted somewhat pedestrian numbers (11-19, 131 yards, TD, INT) in his postseason debut as a starting quarterback. However, with the Niners defense and running game clicking, he didn’t need to do much.

San Francisco will play the winner of the other NFC Divisional playoff game between Seattle and Green Bay next Sunday night at 6:40 ET.

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