Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
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Cousins, Vikings hold on for victory vs. 49ers

Cousins, Vikings hold on for victory vs. 49ers

Dalvin is back, hasn't lost a step, and things are good.

Cousins took a shoulder to the back from 49ers linebacker Elijah Lee as he tumbled to the turf and came up just short, a unsafe way for a franchise quarterback to try to move the chains, but his determination to experience victory in his Vikings debut on Sunday afternoon was not to be reasoned with.

"We had played too hard at that point to just slide early and give up on that", Cousins said.

"He played the way he always does", said cornerback Richard Sherman, who made his 49ers debut. In his first game since signing a lucrative multi-year deal this offseason, Garoppolo went 15-of-33 for 261 yards and a touchdown, while posting a QB rating of 45.1. Wide open up the seam, Kittle had what would've been a 30-yard completion fall off his fingers at midfield.

"It didn't end the way we wanted", Kittle said, "but I feel like we definitely had some momentum going and if we can do that we'll be a pretty good offense".


The Vikings began the game with three plays that ended in Cook's hands, a swing pass for nine yards, a center dive for a first down and finally a dump-off that Cook turned on the jets to take for another eleven.

With an injury depleted offensive line in front of him and the absence of top wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, Garoppolo was unable to capitalize on the opportunity for a comeback after the 49ers defence forced three straight three-and-out possessions by the Vikings to start the fourth quarter. Robert Smith, one of 28 former players who were introduced at halftime, received the loudest ovation. With three backups on the OL already inactive, rookie Mike McGlinchey moved from RT to RG for the first time in his life while Garry Gilliam took over at RT ...

This was his toughest test yet as San Francisco's starting quarterback, facing a fierce Minnesota defence that refused to let him pass. He guided the 49ers to five straight wins to finish 2017 after he arrived in a trade with the Patriots and the team had fallen to 1-10, but the National Football League schedule this year did his streak no favours. Hughes then cruised into the end zone for a touchdown.

Vikings: Play at Green Bay next Sunday.

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