Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers
Minnesota Vikings Preview
The Minnesota Vikings will attempt to win a second road game in the same postseason for the first time since 1987 when they visit the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday afternoon. Coincidentally, the last time the Vikings recorded the rare double, it came against New Orleans and San Francisco. The Vikings opened this postseason with a 26-20 overtime victory at New Orleans. The Vikings have lost three of four all-time road playoff games against the 49ers, including all three since the 1987 upset.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins began his career with Washington, which at the time employed current 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan as its offensive
coordinator. The two have gone head-to-head twice since Shanahan became head coach of the 49ers, with Cousins winning both, including 24-16 at home in last yearâ€™s season opener.
San Francisco 49ers Preview
The San Francisco 49ers will be making their first postseason appearance since 2013 when they host the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday afternoon. The 49ers won a tie-breaker over Green Bay and New Orleans, all 13-3, to earn top-seeding in the NFC playoffs and the right to host the sixth-seeded Vikings after a bye last week. Among the 49ers making their first career postseason starts will be quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, whose only previous playoff experience came on two clock-killing snaps late in New Englandâ€™s 45-7 win over Indianapolis five years ago.
Garoppolo threw for 261 yards, but was picked off three times (once for a touchdown) in a 24-16 loss in the 2018 season opener at Minnesota in his only previous start against the Vikings. The game matches the teams that tied for fifth in the NFL in sacks during the regular season with 48 apiece.