After a five-year playoff drought, the 49ers are set for their first postseason contest since falling in the 2013 NFC title game to the Seahawks.
That loss put an end to the 49ers’ run of three straight NFC championship appearances and prompted the team to launch a rebuild, which has culminated into what has been a special 2019 season. San Francisco jumped from 4-12 to 13-3 and captured the No. 1 seed in the NFC, becoming a true Super Bowl contender with a steady offensive attack and a stingy defense.
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As for Saturday, the 49ers will take on a Vikings team that stunned the Saints in New Orleans last week after Kyle Rudolph snagged a game-sealing touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins in overtime. Running back Dalvin Cook leads the way for Minnesota, tallying 1,654 scrimmage yards over 14 games to go along with 13 total touchdowns.
With three road victors, two overtime games and every matchup determined by one possession during wild-card weekend, the divisional round is sure to provide plenty of excitement.
Sporting News is providing live updates and highlights from Vikings vs. 49ers below.
49ers vs. Vikings score
49ers vs. Vikings live updates, highlights
(All times Eastern)
6:41 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, 49ERS. Gould makes it a three-possession game with a 21-yard field goal. Big drive coming up for Minnesota. 49ers 27, Vikings 10.
End of third quarter: 49ers 24, Vikings 10
6:35 p.m.: Instead, Marcus Sherels misplays the return and running back Raheem Mostert lands on it. Right when the Vikings seemed to grab some momentum back, San Fran has a first-and-goal.
6:35 p.m.: Vikings force a quick and much-needed three-and-out and get a drive started before the end of the third quarter.
6:29 p.m.: Cousins’ pass on third down is batted away and Minnesota has to punt yet again. Momentum is all San Francisco’s right now.
6:24 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, 49ERS. San Francisco pounds it on the drive following the turnover, using eight runs and zero passes to find its way into the end zone via Tevin Coleman’s second plunge of the day. 49ers 24, Vikings 10.
6:15 p.m.: Cousins’ third-down pass to Adam Thielen is jumped and picked by Richard Sherman. San Francisco will have it on the Vikings 44.
6:10 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, 49ERS. The 49ers advance 46 yards on nine plays to set up Robbie Gould’s first kick of the day from 35 yards out. 49ers 17, Vikings 10.
6:05 p.m.: San Francisco gets the second half started on offense.
Halftime: 49ers, Vikings 10
Possession: 49ers 17:52, Vikings 12:08
First downs: 49ers 14, Vikings 4
Total yards: 49ers 159, Vikings 83
Rushing yards: 49ers 63, Vikings 14
Passing yards: 49ers 96, Vikings 69
Penalties: Vikings 0-0, 49ers 3-18
Turnovers: Vikings 0, 49ers 1
5:46 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, VIKINGS. Dan Bailey converts a 39-yard field goal to chip into the 49ers lead. Just 36 seconds to go in the first half. 49ers 14, Vikings 10.
5:39 p.m.: After a close call earlier, Eric Kendricks makes it count this time as he reads Garoppolo on the play-action pass and snags the interception. Minnesota is back in business in 49ers territory.
5:33 p.m.: San Francisco gets off the field on third-and-10, forcing Minnesota to punt again.
5:27 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, 49ERS. Tevin Coleman punches it in from a yard out to give San Francisco the lead. The 49ers used a 10-play drive to get into the end zone. 49ers 14, Vikings 7.
5:20 p.m.: Xavier Rhodes strips Deebo Samuel in what was looking like a promising drive for the 49ers. However, after review, it was rulled that Samuel was down. San Francisco is back to work on the Vikings 35.
5:14 p.m.: Minnesota’s offense goes backwards and the Vikings punt. San Francisco returns the punt back towards midfield.
End of first quarter: 49ers 7, VIkings 7
5:07 p.m.: Minnesota’s defense steps up after San Francisco crosses midfield. The 49ers will punt it away.
4:54 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, VIKINGS. Cousins lofts it to Stefon Diggs who leaps over the falling Akhello Witherspoon to cash in the 41-yard touchdown. 49ers 7, Vikings 7.
4:44 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, 49ERS. San Francisco goes 61 yards on eight plays and finishes the drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne. 49ers 7, Vikings 0.
4:41 p.m.: Jimmy Garoppolo has a 22-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders to set the 49ers up at the Minnesota 27.
4:38 p.m.: The Vikings run twice with little success and then Cousins fires a pass out of bounds and Minnesota goes three-and-out to start.
4:36 p.m.: Kirk Cousins and the Vikings will get started on their own 25 following the touchback.