By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN
49ers 27- Vikings 10
It was the first playoff game played in Levi Stadium and it was a great one for the home team. It started off being sorta close. It really seemed like the Niners had some rust to dust off, and the Vikings were holding on to the momentum from their win against the Saints.
However, Minnesota was able to score and tie the game at 7 going into the 2nd quarter. Then all the magic started to happen.
The 49ers defense was able to step up and show why they’re one of the top defensive teams in the League. They ended up getting after Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins for six sacks with two of them belonging to defensive end Nick Bosa. Once San Francisco’s defense got fired up, it was hard for Minnesota to get anything going.
They were ready for running back Dalvin Cook, who was able to get a mere 18 yards rushing. The team only had 21 yards rushing all game. WRs Stefon Diggs and Adam Theilen were held to about 50 yards receiving a piece. TE Kyle Rudolph was basically non-existent in this game.
According to the NinersWire in an article found here, the Vikings were held to seven first downs.
A whole SEVEN first downs. That ties for the second fewest in NFL playoff history.
Another impressive stat that’s mentioned in that article is that the Vikings didn’t even really get into Niners territory in the 2nd half until their last two drives.
Bottom line is that San Francisco’s defense was dominant. And stifling. And impressive. And the Vikings couldn’t overcome it.
Of course, when you have one of the best, if not THE best cornerback in the game, Richard Sherman, on your team, you can’t really go wrong.
Appropriate times to test Richard Sherman:
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 11, 2020
And my favorite:
How many 49ers fans have gone from absolutely hating Richard Sherman to now loving him?
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 11, 2020
The Green Bay Packers will travel to Levi Stadium for the 2nd playoff game in the stadium’s history, to take on a red hot Niner defense. Will QB Aaron Rodgers and his team be ready?
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