Vikings 24, 49ers 16

Jimmy Garoppolo is human after all. His NFL unbeaten record came to a crashing halt Sunday in Minnesota, as the Vikings handed Jimmy his first taste of professional defeat after seven consecutive wins.

Minnesota QB Kirk Cousins played the kind of game he was known for in Washington. Close to brilliant for three quarters, putting up 24 points, then a fourth quarter disappearing act that allowed the Niners chance after chance to pull off an upset. Cousins was 7-11 on third down conversions through three quarters and 0-6, with zero points, in the fourth.

But Garoppolo was not up to the task, either. His three interceptions punctuated the game, but three trips to the Red Zone, with two goal-to-goal situations, produced only two Robbie Gould field goals and a lost fumble at the one yard line by RB Alfred Morris. The Niners’ only TD was a 22 yard pass to Dante Pettis.

On the bright side, DeForest Buckner had 2.5 sacks, the second round rookie Pettis caught two long passes, one for the 49ers’ only TD, and TE George Kittle led all receivers with five catches for 90 yards.

Marquise Goodwin missed most of the game with some sort of quad injury and both right guards went down with foot injuries, which forced right tackle Mike McGlinchey to move to guard with Gary Gilliam playing RT. It didn’t affect this game too much, but does not bode well for the future.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad showing for a west coast team playing an early game in the east against one of the premier teams in the league. The Vikings controlled the game for three quarters, but could not put the scrappy 49ers away.

Still, Garoppolo’s three interceptions, the last one an ugly, game ending effort into triple coverage, have to be a concern. And the continued ineptitude in the Red Zone. The Vikings had 3 TDs and 1 FG, while the Niners had the opposite — 3 FGs and 1 TD. The team can’t go far this year without cleaning up these two critical areas.

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11 comments on “Vikings 24, 49ers 16
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Too many mistakes especially two key ones, the goal line fumble by Morris and Kittle dropping a potential TD bomb. Those were 21 points,
    with Kittle’s drop forcing the pick six on the next pass by Jimmy G.

    Without those two gaffes we might be talking about a win. Good thing is Cards and Seahags also lost.

    Two guys who had decent games were Armstead who made his presence evident for a change and Dick Sherman who showed he still has it.

    Detroit has to play tomorrow night and then travel to West Coast on a short week

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Fred Warner had a really nice first game too. The defense gave up too many big plays in the secondary but the front seven played really well.

    Losing Goodwin probably hurt a lot, as did the shuffling on the O-line. Garoppolo had a shitty game. A lot of that was trying to spin straw into gold. Sometimes it just isn’t there and you cannot make it happen by magic. Force it and the defense wll make you pay. He’d better take that lesson to heart quickly.

    I didn’t think we’d win against the Vikings on the road anyway. But now it’s important how the team responds next week. Also waiting on the injury report.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Injury report has Goodwin with a bruised thigh, Magnuson with a hamstring problem, Garnett with a dislocated toe, Person with a spained foot and Brock Coyle with a concussion.
    Also Niners put Dakoda Watson on IR on Sat so there is an open roster spot and Shanahan/Lynch will be auditioning LBs.

    It’s beginning to look like Warner might displace Malcolm Smith as a starter when Foster returns week 3.

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I believe Warner is starter Mike. Foster will be starter Will.

    Foster was a Will at start of last season but with Navarro’s flame out we had no choice but to put Foster there.

    Will we see Jonathon Cooper back. Is Pita T a Leo or Sam and will he come back.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners sign veteran LB Terance Garvin to fill the empty slot on 53 man roster

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers placed LB Brock Coyle (concussion) on injured reserve and promoted OL Najee Toran to the active roster from the practice squad.”

    One week in and we’re scraping the barrel for LBs.

  7. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Bad luck for Coyle. Doesn’t look like the Niners are gonna get many smooth sailing days. Skeebs, I like the word “scrappy” because that is exactly what this team is. We just got to iron out some wrinkles. Hopefully we start winning this type of game, at least we are in it till the end. Year 2 should look like this.

  8. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Losing by eight when playing a sloppy error-filled game against a very good playoff team is not the end of the world as we know it. Not if you can reduce the errors going forward. I expect more tough losses as the year goes on, because that’s who we are. But I also expect we’ll win our share and end up still around .500.

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Why not!

    How about Ray Rice delivering his knockout. Reuben needs role models. Would John Lynch have the nerve.

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Somehow I wouldn’t include Shady & RRice in a sentence with role models Bakkentom.
    Foster got his wake-up call from the DA if nothing else.
    He also lucked out (paid off) with his accuser recanting in convincing fashion, saving his bacon.

    I’d give Breida and Mostert plenty of opportunities to keep Alf fresh at this point.
    They need to get the OL in sync before any RB is going to look viable.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
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1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
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Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
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