On Monday night at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings emerged victorious with a score of 22-17 against the San Francisco 49ers, adding another thrilling game to their season. Kirk Cousins, the Vikings’ quarterback, connected with rookie wide receiver Jordan Addison for two touchdown passes, while the Vikings’ defense intercepted the 49ers’ quarterback, Brock Purdy, twice during the final quarter.
Despite the efforts of Christian McCaffrey, the 49ers’ running back, who scored two more touchdowns, the team suffered their second consecutive loss after starting the season with an impressive 5-0 record. The Vikings’ overall record now stands at 3-4.
As several fans and media members had predicted, the Vikings’ convincing victory over the strongly favored 49ers makes it unlikely that the team will consider a midseason sell-off. The Vikings are more focused on making a playoff run than moving veterans and hoping for a high choice in the 2024 draft, since their record is currently within striking distance of.500 and they have a less demanding schedule ahead of them.
Security Camryn Bynum intercepted two late 49ers possessions to thwart the Vikings’ momentum, which proved to be important. With games against the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, and New Orleans Saints coming up, as well as the probable return of standout wide receiver Justin Jefferson, the team has good cause to feel that things are starting to turn around.
Jordan Addison’s Great Performance:
During joint workouts last year, the 49ers, who had previously defeated the Vikings in the NFC divisional playoffs with Cousins, had irritated the Vikings with their taunting and harsh hits. They came into U.S. Bank Stadium with a 5-1 record and as seven-point favorites, hoping to give the Vikings their first home start of 0–4 in franchise history. They were known for their intimidating style of play, which frequently caused problems for the Vikings.
On Monday night, though, Camryn Bynum of the Vikings successfully stopped the 49ers’ chances at a comeback by intercepting the ball twice in the final two drives. The Vikings managed to hold on and win 22–17, raising their record to 3–4. With strong pass protection against the potent 49ers pass rush, Cousins completed 35 of his 45 throws for 378 yards, capping an excellent effort.
After dominating the first five weeks of the season, the 49ers have fallen back to earth after two straight losses. As they play the Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, and Seattle Seahawks once again, the upcoming weeks will be a test of their championship potential. Their prospects of challenging for a championship will depend on how quickly they recover from another heartbreaking road loss.
Coach Kevin O’Connell highlighted Cousins’ ability to overcome difficult situations, navigate the pocket, believe the protection, and read the entire field in his praise of his leadership and performance. For O’Connell, Cousins’ effort against the 49ers was elite quarterback play, especially against such a strong opponent.
Purdy’s recovery from his underwhelming performance in the previous week’s loss to the Cleveland Browns raised questions. Purdy played a mostly calm game as it went on, but in the last moments, he committed two very important errors. Five minutes remained in the game when Purdy hurried a pass to Jauan Jennings, giving the 49ers a chance to score, but Bynum intercepted it.
The 49ers attempted a second drive to score the winning touchdown with just 25 seconds remaining, and Purdy found Bynum again with an interception at the Minnesota 22-yard line.
But Ward seemed like he was going to intercept the throw and put an end to the drive because it was behind Addison. But just as Ward had done to Addison on the opening drive of the game, Addison pulled the ball away from him. The Vikings led 16–7 when Addison ran the last 30 yards without being stopped, scoring his second touchdown of the game, a 60-yarder. However, Joseph missed the extra point.
The Vikings had to settle with two field goals in the second half. In the closing minutes, with a five-point advantage, Coach O’Connell chose to try Joseph’s 50-yard field goal rather than try a fourth-and-six conversion that would have won the game. With 1:11 remaining in the game, Joseph sadly missed wide right, giving the 49ers one last chance.