The Minnesota Vikings were looking to pull off another upset in the NFC Divisional Round on the road against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday afternoon after Minnesota upset the New Orleans Saints on the road by a score of 26-20 in overtime. Kyle Rudolph caught a three-yard touchdown pass with 10:40 remaining in overtime in that game.
This time around, the Vikings offense wasn't as comfortable and San Francisco's defense got after Kirk Cousins by sacking him six times in a 27-10 win for the 49ers in the divisional round.
In the first-quarter, Jimmy Garoppolo threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne. Garoppolo completed 11-of-19 passes for 131 yards one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for zero yards on four carries.
Bourne caught three passes for 40 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Deebo Samuel was the leading receiver for San Francisco with three receptions for 42 yards receiving.
Kirk Cousins threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs in the first-quarter on the ensuing drive for Minnesota. Cousins completed 21-of-29 passes for 172 yards one touchdown and one interception.
Diggs caught two passes for 57 yards receiving and a touchdown.
In the second-quarter with the game tied at seven, Tevin Coleman scored on a 1-yard touchdown run for the San Francisco 49ers. Coleman finished with 105 yards rushing on 22 carries and two touchdowns. He also did not record a reception in this game.
Dan Bailey made a 39-yard field goal for the Minnesota Vikings with 31 seconds remaining in the first-half.
Robbie Gould made a 35-yard field goal for San Francisco in the third-quarter.
After Richard Sherman picked off Kirk Cousins in the third-quarter, Tevin Coleman scored on a 2-yard touchdown run for San Francisco.
After a muffed punt by Minnesota in the third-quarter by Marcus Sherels, Robbie Gould made a 21-yard field goal for the 49ers early in the fourth-quarter to seal the game.
The running game for the Vikings did not get going at all in this game. Dalvin Cook only rushed for 18 yards on nine carries. He also caught six passes for eight yards receiving. Alexander Mattison only rushed for three yards on one carry.
Adam Thielen caught five passes for 50 yards receiving.
Kyle Rudolph only caught two passes for four yards receiving.
Irv Smith Jr. caught three passes for 39 yards receiving for Minnesota.
Raheem Mostert rushed for 58 yards on 12 carries for San Francisco.
Emmanuel Sanders caught two passes for 33 yards receiving.
George Kittle was held in check with three receptions for 16 yards receiving.
The Minnesota Vikings (11-7) season ends in utter disappointment, but they have hope moving forward. Minnesota will lose Offensive Coordinator Kevin Stefanski because he will be the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
The San Francisco 49ers (14-3) moves onto the NFC Championship Game for the first time since the 2013 regular season and the 2014 postseason. They lost that game to Seattle by a score of 23-17. This will be the first time since the 2011 regular season and the 2012 they will be hosting one. They lost that game to the New York Giants by a score of 20-17 in overtime.
San Francisco will either host the Green Bay Packers (13-3) or the Seattle Seahawks (12-5) next Sunday.