Cousins, Vikings hold on for victory vs. 49ers

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has filed a trademark on the phrase “You Vike That!” More

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has filed a trademark on the phrase “You Vike That!” More

-Wide receiver Pierre Garçon made a leaping attempt and had his hands on the ball just as Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes bumped him to break up what would have been a 15-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

The 26-year-old could bounce back in short order when the 49ers travel to Detroit on Sunday for a Week 2 clash with the Lions, but only after Garoppolo rinses the taste of defeat out of his mouth and chalks up his lackluster Week 1 performance as a learning experience.

With three backups already on the inactive list, the 49ers lost two right guards to left foot injuries during the game.

The Vikings believe they have the final piece to their Super Bowl puzzle, while the 49ers look to build on a season-ending five-game winning streak spurred by new quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. He played his first regular-season game as a Viking on Sunday. "We can see that and we've just got to do it".

Cousins completed 20 of 36 passes for 244 yards without a turnover. DeForest Buckner had 2½ sacks for San Francisco. Cousins was right on target at just the right times, though, delivering several clutch throws in traffic including the scoring passes to Stefon Diggs in the second quarter and Kyle Rudolph in the third quarter.

Cousins tweeted a photo of his almost 1-year-old son, Cooper, with a sign that reads, "Mom and Dad are getting me a brother!" "If you're waiting for guys to be open, you're going to be waiting a long time".

Minnesota Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson, center, celebrates with teammates after kicking a 48-yard field goal during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Minneapolis.

-Kittle had an opportunity to get into the end zone in the fourth quarter, but Garoppolo overthrew him on what should have been a simple 4-yard touchdown pass.

"There's not one word to put on it".

A lot went wrong for the 49ers on that play. His uncle and childhood confidant, Anthony Jones, a running back for Florida International University, was wounded in a drive-by shooting in Miami on Thursday.

-Tight end George Kittle would not have scored a touchdown had he not misjudged an over-the-shoulder throw from Garoppolo early in the third quarter, but the play would have gained approximately 40 yards.

The one he didn't make stood out. The third-down interception by Hughes came on the next play to give the Vikings a 17-3 lead.

The 49ers' defence forced three straight three-and-out possessions by the Vikings in the fourth quarter, giving Garoppolo an opportunity for the comeback. Rookie Fred Warner, starting at middle linebacker with Reuben Foster suspended, led the team with 12 tackles, including one for loss. "I think he did an admirable job".

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