Here we are, the first game of the 2019-2020 NFL Divisional Round is upon us! Kicking things off today is the NFC match-up between the (10-6) Minnesota Vikings and the (13-3) San Francisco 49ers. Minnesota had to create an upset over the New Orleans Saints to get here, whereas the 49ers had a first round bye. Would the rest be helpful, or would it create some rust on the favourite 49ers? It’s time we found out.
Find out how the Vikings got to this game Here!
The 49ers wasted no time on their opening possession as they’d score a touchdown! Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo would find Kendrick Bourne for the 3-yard score giving the 49ers an early 7-0 lead. This score was quickly answered however as the Vikings would storm back and score a touchdown of their own. On a 3rd and 2 Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins would air out a pass to Stefon Diggs who’d score a 41 yard receiving touchdown tying the game at 7-7 after the 1st quarter. The next score would come midway through the 2nd quarter as the 49ers would restore the 7-point lead. This time it was on the ground as Tevin Coleman would drive 1-yard for the touchdown and 14-7 San Francisco lead. However the Vikings would cut into the lead before halftime largely thanks to an interception. This would allow Dan Bailey to kick a 39-yard field goal to make it a 14-10 score at the half.
San Francisco would once again score on their opening possession of the 2nd half, though this time it was a field goal. For the first time in this game Robbie Gould would be called upon to put points on the board, and the long time veteran made good on the 35 yard attempt extending the lead to 17-10. Things would then go from bad to worse for the Vikings as the 49ers would get another score off an interception. The resulting drive was capped off by Coleman who took the ball 2 yards up the middle for the touchdown. That would end the 3rd quarter at 24-10 49ers with just one more quarter to go. Try as they may the Vikings just couldn’t seem to stop the bleeding. A muffed punt would result in another 49er field goal as Gould would hit the 21-yard chip shot to make it 27-10 49ers. That is where we’d hit the proverbial wall for scoring as 27-10 49ers would be your final. Minnesota tried on a couple drives to string something together, but only ended up turning it over on downs on both occasions.
With that victory the San Francisco 49ers will move on to the NFC Conference round. There they will play the winner of tomorrows match-up between the Green Bay Packers, and the division rival Seattle Seahawks. The winner of that game will be the NFC’s representative in the Super Bowl!