Harrison Smith sealed the game with an interception with 1:35 left.
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!" They were able to continue to put pressure on the 26-year-old that forced some errant throws with the first being an off-target pass to went directly into Vikings rookie cornerback Mike Hughes that he was able to run back for a touchdown.
Cousins made his much-anticipated Vikings debut, throwing for a respectable 244 yards and two touchdowns, while showing off some unexpected nerve (more on that later). "They stood up to everything we thought they would, but with all the things that went bad we still had a shot at the end there", Garoppolo said.
COMEBACK COMPLETE: Cook had 16 carries for 40 yards and six catches for 55 yards, a productive return to live action after tearing the ACL in his left knee about 11 months earlier.
The latter is what sunk Garoppolo and the 49ers in Minnesota on Sunday (the Vikings grabbed the top defensive ranking that formerly belonged to the Jaguars to finish last year).
A lot went wrong for the 49ers on that play. He also recovered a fumble by Alfred Morris at the 2-yard line after Linval Joseph stripped the ball just in front of the goal line in the late in the first half and sacked Garoppolo on a third-down safety blitz late in the fourth quarter. Wide open after beating Anthony Barr up the same, Kittle had what would've been a 30-yard completion fall off his fingers at midfield. The third-down interception by Hughes came on the next play to give the Vikings a 17-3 lead.
DEFENSE DIGS IN: The 49ers gave Garoppolo an opportunity with three straight three-and-out possessions by the Vikings in the fourth quarter. "It didn't end the way we wanted, but I feel like we definitely had some momentum going, and if we can do that we'll be a pretty good offence". Rookie Fred Warner, starting at middle linebacker with Reuben Foster suspended, led the team with 12 tackles, including one for loss.
"I like to see a guy next to me with that look in his eyes", Cook said.