SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jimmy Garoppolo threw a TD slide on his opening pressure as a playoff starter after which watched San Francisco’s defense and working sport bewitch over from there within the 49ers’ 27-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings within the divisional spherical Saturday.
The Niners (14-3) first playoff sport in six seasons and first ever at Levi’s Stadium turned loyal into a lopsided one as prime-seeded San Francisco turned a pair of 2d-half of turnovers by Minnesota (11-7) into 10 points.
Richard Sherman house up Tevin Coleman’s 2d short touchdown flee of the game with an interception against Kirk Cousins and Marcus Sherels’ fumbled punt led to a discipline map that made it 27-10 early within the fourth quarter.
San Francisco did not allow Minnesota to plot a first down for bigger than 27 minutes of sport movement starting insensible within the 2d quarter.
The Niners will host the NFC championship sport next week against the winner of Sunday’s sport between Seattle and Green Bay.
Garoppolo threw an interception deep in his possess territory insensible within the principle half of after which spent most of the 2d half of handing the ball off to Coleman and Raheem Mostert.
There used to be shrimp motive for coach Kyle Shanahan to bewitch probabilities the methodology his defense fully bottled up talented runner Dalvin Cook. That took away Minnesota’s play-movement sport and pressured Cousins into changing loyal into a fall-encourage passer.
Cousins performed 21 for 29 for 172 yards alongside with his simplest huge play approaching a 41-yard TD slide to Stefon Diggs within the principle quarter.
Cook used to be held to 18 yards on 9 carries because the Niners defense used to be encourage to its dominant early season assemble thanks in section to the return from accidents of defensive end Dee Ford, linebacker Kwon Alexander and security Jaquiski Tartt.
San Francisco had six sacks and held Minnesota to 147 yards for the game with a effectively-organized chunk approaching two insensible garbage-time drives.
TAKE IT AWAY
Eric Kendricks intercepted a slide from Garoppolo insensible within the principle half of to give the Vikings the ball at the San Francisco 29. Minnesota may presumably presumably presumably not capitalize with Dee Ford getting a 3rd-down sack in his return to the lineup from a hamstring damage. Dan Bailey’s 39-yard discipline map decrease the Niners result in 14-10 at the half of. The interception used to be the 19th turnover this season by Garoppolo, who had primarily the most giveaways within the licensed season of any participant who made the playoffs.
Garoppolo showed he has abilities beyond his throwing. He threw a lead block on 255-pound linebacker Anthony Barr on a reverse by Deebo Samuel within the 2d quarter. Samuel fumbled the ball on the play but replay dominated his knee used to be down, negating the turnover. That proved particularly well-known when Coleman capped the pressure with a 1-yard TD flee.
The Vikings scored on their 2d pressure of the game when Diggs outmaneuvered Ahkello Witherspoon for a 41-yard TD gain. It used to be the fifth TD slide allowed by Witherspoon within the previous three games and he used to be replaced at cornerback the following pressure by Emmanuel Moseley.
Vikings: RT Brian O’Neill left with a head damage after a blindside block from Slice Bosa within the third quarter following Cousins’ interception.
49ers: Mostert (calf) and LB Price Nzeocha (stinger) left the game within the 2d half of.
Vikings: The offseason.
49ers: NFC championship sport next Sunday against both Seattle or Green Bay.