In their first home playoff game at Levi’s Stadium, the well-rested Niners dominated the Minnesota Vikings 27-10 in an NFC divisional round game.
With the win, San Francisco advanced to the NFC Championship Game set for Jan. 19 where they will meet the winner of Sunday’s divisional round game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. That game will also take place at Levi’s Stadium.
The defense, in particular, set the tone for the day, harassing quarterback Kirk Cousins consistently and shutting running back Dalvin Cook down entirely. Cook managed just 26 yards on 15 touches.
The same group that was on a historic pace for sacks and pass defense earlier in the year found its groove at the right time.
Perhaps that shouldn’t have been much of a surprise given that the Niners were coming off their first bye since Week 4 and welcomed back three key players in linebacker Kwon Alexander, end Dee Ford and safety Jaquiski Tartt. Aside from defensive tackle D.J. Jones, the Niners had all of their projected preseason starters available for the first time since Week 3.
The Vikings finished with just 147 total yards and seven first downs. They had fewer than 100 total yards until the final five minutes of the game. Before that, their only big play came in the first quarter on a 41-yard touchdown from Cousins to receiver Stefon Diggs.
Here’s the highlights from the win:
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