The word on the street was that history might repeat itself 32 years later and the Minnesota Vikings would came to San Francisco and upset the 49ers in the January 11th Divisional Playoff round of the National Football League. Well, not so much. Thirty-two years ago the 9-7 Vikings beat the Saints during the Wild Card round of the playoffs and then headed to Candlestick park to play the Joe Montana lead 49ers. The result of that game was a stunning 36 to 24 upset win for the Vikings. Joe Montana and the 49ers would recover and win two more Super Bowl championships with Montana as quarterback.
I’m not sure how good the San Francisco 49ers defense was in 1987, but the 49ers 2020 playoff defense is healthy again and back to their 2019 early season dominance. The Vikings were held to just 10 points, 147 total yards, and quarterback Kirk Cousins was sacked 6 times. The 49ers scored 27 points to the Vikings 10 and will meet the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game to be held on Sunday January 19, at Levi’s stadium with a 3:40 PM Pacific time start. The Green Bay Packers were able to hold off the late charging Seattle Seahawks 28 to 23 Sunday night to claim their spot in the NFC Championship game.
Not how Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins planned on spending his Saturday afternoon at Levi’s stadium.
Permission to buzz the tower? Four United States Navy F-35 Lightening II Fighter Jets fly over the stadium during pregame festivities.
Sunlight shines on the 49ers and their quarterback #10 Jimmy Garoppolo.
On a day when most things went right for the 49ers, All Pro Tight end #85 George Kittle wasn’t able to make this catch.
Nothing went as planned on this play. The pass to #85 George Kittle fell incomplete, and leaping quite high into the air as the Vikings #41 Anthony Harris did usually makes tackling your opponent quite difficult.
This could have been part of the problem for the Vikings. Five Vikings offensive lineman watch as #99 DeForest Buckner and #55 Dee Ford sack quarterback Kirk Cousins.
#25 Richard Sherman intercepts a Kirk Cousins pass and returns it for 13 yards.
Running back #31 Raheem Mostert tries to escape the clutches of #50 Eric Wilson.
Is was just that kind of day for Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins as he was sacked 6 times and had the 49er defense in his face all day.
When you are the starting quarterback, everybody wants to take your photo during the post game celebration.
49er running back #31 Raheem Mostert celebrates the 49er victory over the Vikings after the game. Mostert had 12 carries for 58 yards in the Divisional playoff victory over the Vikings.
State Farm pitchman and Super Bowl winning quarterback Aaron Rodgers will lead the Green Packers in the NFC championship match up against the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on January 19th.
January 19th, 2020 Update: The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers by a score of 37 to 20 in the NFC Championship, and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans 35 to 24 in the AFC Championship game. The Chiefs and 49ers will meet in Super Bowl LIV (54) in Miami Gardens, Florida at the Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday February 2 with a 3:30 PM Pacific Time kickoff.