Kirk Cousins’ Vikings beat Jimmy Garoppolo’s 49ers

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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins and 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo both signed monster contracts this offseason, but today only Cousins delivered.

Cousins completed 20 of 35 passes for 244 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, as the Vikings beat the 49ers 24-16.

Garoppolo was a disappointing 15-for-33 for 261 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions.

One game doesn’t even come close to determining whether the Vikings were wise to back up the Brinks truck for Cousins, nor does it mean that the 49ers shouldn’t have paid the relatively unproven Garoppolo. But on this day, Cousins was the better quarterback on the field.

Garoppolo, who went 2-0 as a starter in New England two years ago and then went 5-0 as a starter in San Francisco last year, had never experienced an NFL loss. Now he has, and he’ll need to play better to get back in the win column.

123 responses to “Kirk Cousins’ Vikings beat Jimmy Garoppolo’s 49ers

  1. No, we in Green Bay don’t like that, Vikings. Why can’t our defense get interceptions like the Vikings? I guess we’ll have to chew on some cheese and chug some more beer until we see if we lose to the Bears tonight.

  2. Great game Vikings.

    Your defense certainly lived up to its’ billing. The Niner’s continuous turnovers made a win impossible. The Red Zone woes continue and Jimmy G didn’t do himself any favors making bad decisions. Our D actually performed better than expected so that’s encouraging.

    But with injuries to starters on our O-line the best thing to hope for is for us to be competitive.

    Go Niners.

  3. This quarterback hit rule is horrible and is affecting games already! And what’s worse is nobody in the media is criticizing it!

  4. The Vikings played poorly on offense with the 3 and outs and the fumble by Cook. They left a lot of points on that field. The OL struggled pretty bad the first quarter, but seemed to get a little better as the game went on.

    The Vikes D was just as good as always. The only time SF moved the ball on the defense is when they were tired. The offense has a lot of work to do, but at least it didn’t cause them to lose.

    If the OL plays like this next week when we have to play the packers AND the officials, it’s going to be a long day. Overall we kept a good offense under 20 points, and our offense did score on a very good SF defense.

  5. The game I saw is the 49ers arent a joke but are just young. couldve been more interesting had his team not had huge drops. Cousins needs to get more in timing with his receivers also but he didnt turn it over. W is a W.

  6. The Niners have a good defense. That should help their offense out. Their O-line lost some important players, though. Keep an eye on ’em.

  7. Jimmy was pretty good despite the picks. Kyle Shanahan is the best play caller in the league. 49ers defense is very underrated.

    Vikings offense went way too conservative in the 4th quarter. Their offensive line played poorly: poor run blocking and suspect pass protection. Their defense still refuses to cover multiple tight end formations and it burns them. Cousins is the best quarterback they’ve had since Favre and it’s not even close. Anybody who says Keenum, Bradford, or teddy were better are simply wrong. They need to find a way to go with multiple tight end formations because they have 3 very good tight ends. Sheldon Richardson was huge today. Huge upgrade. Zimmer got a great rotation in on the line and at safety today. I liked that a lot. I expect 3 safety formations a lot more this year.

  8. Not sure why there’s so much dislike for Garrapolo on this thread. Kid’s a young, good QB. He’s playing on a team with a lot of new, young parts and they went against one of the top 3 defenses in the NFL today. Niners look like a significantly more balanced team than the previous season. They’ll be in every game this year.

  9. Congrats on your win, Vikes fans.

    I wouldn’t count on that many turnovers next week. There’s a considerable step up in QB play from this week to next.

    I think my favorite part of the game was when the announcers said something to the effect of “8 minutes left, this is why you paid Kirk Cousins. to come in here and have a nice long drive. You don’t want a 3 and out.”

    Of course, there was a 3 and out. Lol

  10. Vikes win = as assumed.
    saints lose to bucs = lololololololol!
    bears beat the pack = go bears! (one time cheer)

  11. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    September 9, 2018 at 4:26 pm
    I think we can all agree it was mostly the 9ers losing, not the Vikings beating them.

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    With “we”, you obviously mean you and your 8 other PFT accounts.

  12. cribbage12 says:
    September 9, 2018 at 4:36 pm
    Jimmy wasn’t helped by 4 dropped passes including a sure TD, and the #1 WR and 2 guards going down. Plus his was the team that got no luck.
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    Funny, when the Vikes lost their starting QB, RB, and OL last year, you didn’t say anything about injuries. Why is that? Oh yeah, because you are a cheese fan that makes excuses even for other teams playing the Vikes.

  13. taintedsaints2009 says:
    September 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm
    This quarterback hit rule is horrible and is affecting games already! And what’s worse is nobody in the media is criticizing it!

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    At least call it what it is, The Whiny Little Girl rule or The Aaron Rodgers rule.

  14. vargavarga says:
    September 9, 2018 at 4:38 pm
    Terrible offensive performance by the Queens against a soft 9ers D.
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    That “soft” 49ers D is better than anything your packers have put up over the past 2 years. That SF defense is good.

  15. contra74 says:
    September 9, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    1-0

    You Vike That!?

    YOU VIKE THAT!?
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    skoLOL!!’
    You Vike That?!?
    That’s about as lame as grown men wearing yellow, braided pigtails and that lazy jumping jacks chant you guys do in the stands.

    But Hey, good opening weekend win.

  16. vavikingfan says:
    September 9, 2018 at 4:26 pm
    And one Aaron Rodgers rule call for the 49ers
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    It’s actually unofficially called the Barr rule. It’s a penalty for the dirty attempt to make a play with the intent to injure a quarterback.

  17. usdcoyotesfan says:
    September 9, 2018 at 4:41 pm
    The Vikings didn’t beat the 49ers, the 49ers beat themselves.

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    Welcome back Hodor, the window licker that’s never had a new thing to say in several seasons.

  18. Maybe Jimmy G should spend less time with XXX stars lol, oops my bad maybe he has a certain role model lol.

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    What does this even mean?

  19. Jimmy G played well enough to win. Despite the 3 Picks. Kittles dropped TD and Morris goal line fumble were the difference in the Game.

    9ERS battled on the road against a trendy Superbowl Pick in their home Opener. Most of the experts had the 9ERS getting throttled. So to have the Ball with 2mins Left in the Game and have a Chance to tie the Game I’d say is about all you can ask for other then winning the Game

  20. Thought it was hilarious that people though Jimmy G.was next great qb based on such a small sample size…..remember Vince Young, RG3,Ryan Fitzpatrick, etc…he’s average, wait and see..

  21. tokyosandblaster says:
    “Vikings fans, you’re saying the Niners defense is good because your offense looked mediocre.”
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    At no point has your comment made any sense. “We are all now dumber” because of it.

  22. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 9, 2018 at 4:40 pm
    Congrats on your win, Vikes fans

    I think my favorite part of the game was when the announcers said something to the effect of “8 minutes left, this is why you paid Kirk Cousins. to come in here and have a nice long drive. You don’t want a 3 and out.”

    Of course, there was a 3 and out. Lol

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    My favorite part was when Cousins dropped that TD pass into Diggs basket and lasered another TD to Rudolph. But if your favorite part was something an announcer said, that would be par for the course for a jealous packer fan. Looking forward to analyzing the packers and what the announcers say tonight.

  23. Uh, Jimmy delivered today. His team definitely didn’t. 49ers are in good hands. Also, Buckner will give a lot of teams trouble this year.

    Vikes are also in good hands. Kirk threw a few darts.

  24. Satanic Hell Creature says:
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    usdcoyotesfan says:
    The Vikings didn’t beat the 49ers, the…”

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    “Welcome back Hodor, the window licker…”

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    Vermilion, SD. blows.
    That toolbag, no doubt, posts the same thing every season on Viking wins.
    Funny, usdcoyote quit posting after gb lost to Carolina (aaron’s big re-debut) last year.

  25. Only cursory viewer would understand this game as Garappolo’s fault, or presume that he played so badly. That dude is for real, but his team did little to help him out. Jimmy is for real, Vikes fan.

  26. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 9, 2018 at 4:59 pm
    Vikings fans, you’re saying the Niners defense is good because your offense looked mediocre.

    It’s more likely that they’ve improved some and you’ve regressed some.
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    Fight picker……..

  27. Good first game for the Vikes with a fairly predictable storyline. With a new QB, O-coordinator and banged up O-line, the offense will be a work in progress for a while (Cousins looked good though), and the D predictably got gassed early in the season and had to overcome 2 if it’s top CBs out with injuries.

    The 49ers had quite a few O-line injuries which seemed to impact their QB some on the INTs. It looks to me that the team has a good future. Not sure about the future of the 2 49er fans that were in front of me at the game, were obnoxious as hell the first half, and literally passed out the second half.

  28. millertime953 says:
    September 9, 2018 at 5:06 pm
    Usual Viking fans on here obsessing about the Packers. Probably not the true fans anyways

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    What????? This is a Viking story on PFT. You came on here obsessing about the Vikings. You are a guest on this thread, show some respect or leave. Well I guess to return the favor I will have to visit the packer thread tonight and put in my two cents.

  29. The Vikes offense got a little predictable/conservative but, other than that, nice way to start the season with a win against a potential playoff team. Niners are going to be good. For all the Vikes fans whining about them taking a guard in the 1st round instead of Mike Hughes …. :). You can NEVER have too many corners ! Nice way for Hughes to start his career with a pick six !

  30. vargavarga says:
    September 9, 2018 at 4:38 pm
    Terrible offensive performance by the Queens against a soft 9ers D.
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    If that was a terrible offensive performance, as you put it, then scoring anything less than 24 points is the new packer fan rule to judge the packers.

    You are nothing but a fight picker.

  31. GenXJay, Tokyo is one of our greatest adversaries. IF you are going to get into it with him, at least get it right! What you meant to say is… Tokyo, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  32. gatorguru says:
    September 9, 2018 at 5:07 pm
    Thought it was hilarious that people though Jimmy G.was next great qb based on such a small sample size…..remember Vince Young, RG3,Ryan Fitzpatrick, etc…he’s average, wait and see

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    I would leave Fitzpatrick off that list, he was 21/28 417 yards and four TDs against a good Saints defense or so the experts say.

  33. skoLOL!!’
    You Vike That?!?
    That’s about as lame as grown men wearing yellow, braided pigtails and that lazy jumping jacks chant you guys do in the stands.

    But Hey, good opening weekend win.
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    This coming from a fan that wears cheese on their heads and can’t wait for the players to jump into the stands so they can touch the players butt. And the Da Da Da No Pack No chant. Oh and I forgot, the grown men Rodgers and Nelson celebrating by touching thumbs, how cute.

  34. d9533 says:
    September 9, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Uh, Jimmy delivered today. His team definitely didn’t. 49ers are in good hands. Also, Buckner will give a lot of teams trouble this year.

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    Jimmy delivered, all right. Three times. Right into Vike’s hands. 😁

    I kid, I kid. Jimmy does look like he has upside. I just hate the early anointment/HoF jacket people want to dresss him in.

    He racks up yards easily, throws well, just needs to finish drives and turnover less.

  35. Can’t believe the Patriots only got a second rounder for Cousins, he’s the best QB in the league!

    Wait, Garappolo was supposed to be the best in the league?

    How can we parrot all the talking heads if they keep getting it wrong?

  36. well packer fans, you’ll find out in about 5 weeks when you play the 49ers.
    they’re pretty good, especially on the defensive line. better not get blown out at home.

  37. ninefingers9 says:
    “GenXJay, Tokyo is one of our greatest adversaries. IF you are going to get into it with him, at least get it right!”
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    Lol.
    “A simple no would’ve been just fine”.

  38. wafflestomp says:
    September 9, 2018 at 4:51 pm
    contra74 says:
    September 9, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    1-0

    You Vike That!?

    YOU VIKE THAT!?
    _______________

    skoLOL!!’
    You Vike That?!?
    That’s about as lame as grown men wearing yellow, braided pigtails and that lazy jumping jacks chant you guys do in the stands.

    But Hey, good opening weekend win

    ***

    Says a guy who cheers for a team and wears blocks of cheese on their head and can’t do a jumping jack.

  39. Jimmy has a future. I’m not going to act like he didn’t have this Vikings fan worried. That game was too close considering all those turnovers. Both offenses will get better each game.

  40. Much like the kid on the Texans, Jimmy G played in seven games last year that really meant nothing, but it didn’t stop PFT, NFL Network, ESPN & Fox to anoint unfairly him the next Montana. And then Mr Navel Gaze John Lynch added more pressure with that contract.

    Jimmy grew up near me and as a Bears fan I’m pulling for him, but the Vikings are a real NFL team and the stiffs he played last years. And it’s not any easier next week either vs his old coach in Detroit.

  41. antonchigur says:
    September 9, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Jimmy G is who we thought he was…

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    and with the exception of *NOT* letting him off the hook. 🙂

    Good game. ‘Niners have a lot to look forward to. Very unfortunate game for them regarding injuries- seems like every other play a ‘Niner was down.

    Vikings D might be better than last season. Harry just being Harry was awesome. Some nice plays by the rookie Hughes and Sheldon Richardson looks quite handsome in purple.

  42. Not perfect, but a World Class win. Get Elflein back, shore up the TE coverage and I see a second win in sunny GB next Sunday. Those young DBs won’t know what happened with Cousins throwing darts all over the field and Dalvin producint a buck fifty…Go Bears tonight!!!!

  43. I think my favorite part of the game was when the announcers said something to the effect of “8 minutes left, this is why you paid Kirk Cousins. to come in here and have a nice long drive. You don’t want a 3 and out.”
    Of course, there was a 3 and out. Lol
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    Well its good to be proud of something. Nobody is ever going to be able take that away from you. Good week 1 for the cheese eaters already!

  44. I left impressed with the 49ers, Garoppolo, their defense and Shanahan as a play caller. With their injuries on the OL I thought they played very well under constant pressure. Give Garoppolo more weapons and a running game and they will win a lot of games.

    Vikings did ok, but lots of room for improvement. The good thing is the offense is new, Cousins is new, so this team will get much better. Overall a good win, but exposed some issues.

  45. Tokyo will be missed after next week when he launches himself off of the bandwagon like he did last year. Maybe even tonight after the Bears
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    Now that you mention it, yes, it was a quiet place in here last year after that Packer fan bandwagon cleared out after, how stella put it earlier today, the Packers fell on their face.

  46. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 9, 2018 at 4:47 pm
    Further proof that BB’s system makes any QB look good.

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    Except the Buffalo QB’s…..no system could make those guys look good.

  47. pastabelly says:
    September 9, 2018 at 4:26 pm
    All of the idiot Patriots fans who call Tom Brady a baby and wanted him traded will shut up for a week (at least).
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    You must be talking about jetsfan4life1sbwinb4moonlanding, who is definitely not a Patriots fan. No real Patriots fan wanted Brady to be traded.

  48. Not a great performance by any means but teams aren’t in mid-season form in Week 1 (except maybe for Baltimore). Better to get the mistakes out of the way this week so they can fix them for a tough game at Lambeau next week. The defense made some big plays but there were way too many 49ers running free for big gains. Zimmer should get that tightened up in short order. Cook looked good in the passing game but couldn’t get it going on the ground, except for the one good run on which he fumbled.

    That said, our three big offseason additions looked good. Cousins made some throws that Keenum could never have made, including both touchdowns. Richardson looked like a disruptive force in the middle, and Hughes played very well except for when he got beat for a long gain. A pick-6 in your first game is a very nice start.

  49. Enjoy this win, Viking’s fans. Vikings won’t win more than 9 games this year. Might squeak into the playoffs but will get knocked out in 1st round. Take it to the bank.

  50. hardly a great showing by the Vikings.
    Big props to SF, they hung tough while missing / losing several key people.
    They’re definitely on the right track…maybe not this year, but soon.

    Vikes have plenty to cleanup and improve, and this should be a reminder that they can’t roll out and just expect to beat people, but its week 1 and a win is a win…

  51. Looked like two mediocre teams playing a preseason game. Lots of mistakes and crappy offense. Jimmy G played ok. Take away the goal line fumble and it’s a tie game. Niners were in it right til the end.

  52. Overall I was pleased with the W. Cousins made some throws that most other QBs can’t make including Keenum. The defense did its thing but needs to find the TE.
    The Niners are pointed upward and Jimmy G is tough to handle. Their D line is big, quick and physical.
    A little sloppy to start but plowed through and talent prevailed. No major injuries so let’s tighten up and roll out.

  53. The quarterback rule. After seeing that ridiculous call giving the 49ers a new set of downs (what was it 3 and 15?) I am making prediction. Some NFL star defensive lineman is going to destroy his knee or shoulder falling awkwardly as not to get called for landing on the QB.

    Goodell is destroying this game in so many ways.

  54. waltmink says:
    September 9, 2018 at 6:32 pm
    Enjoy this win, Viking’s fans. Vikings won’t win more than 9 games this year. Might squeak into the playoffs but will get knocked out in 1st round. Take it to the bank

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    What is the name of this bank? Is there a deposit slip? Do I get a free toaster or calendar? What a clown.

  55. flviking says:
    September 9, 2018 at 5:15 pm
    millertime953 says:
    September 9, 2018 at 5:06 pm
    Usual Viking fans on here obsessing about the Packers. Probably not the true fans anyways

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    What????? This is a Viking story on PFT. You came on here obsessing about the Vikings. You are a guest on this thread, show some respect or leave. Well I guess to return the favor I will have to visit the packer thread tonight and put in my two cents.

    Lighten up Francis. All I’m trying to say is you make your fan base look worse than they already are.

  56. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    September 9, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Funny, when the Vikes lost their starting QB, RB, and OL last year, you didn’t say anything about injuries. Why is that?

    +++++

    No need to. You Purples bring it up on your own all the time. Congrats on the win.

  57. Did anyone else notice that Xavier Rhodes looked pedestrian today? Holding quite a bit (and actually called for it from time to time!).

    I also believe that he suffered a concussion on his INT. There’s no way you don’t on a huge hit to your head like that. His mouth guard flew 10 yards.

    Finally, what is going on with the turf there? So many injuries.

  58. usdcoyotesfan says:
    September 9, 2018 at 4:41 pm
    The Vikings didn’t beat the 49ers, the 49ers beat themselves.
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    Ah yes, the USD Coyotes, doormats of the Missouri Valley Conference. Or as my annual FCS National Champion NDSU Bison call them, tomato can and/or cannon fodder.

  59. millertime953 says:
    September 9, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Lighten up Francis. All I’m trying to say is you make your fan base look worse than they already are

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    I’m good, I’ll talk to you on the packer thread tonight Betty.

  60. flviking says:
    September 9, 2018 at 7:56 pm
    millertime953 says:
    September 9, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Lighten up Francis. All I’m trying to say is you make your fan base look worse than they already are

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    I’m good, I’ll talk to you on the packer thread tonight Betty.

    Well it is a school night, so hopefully you have been good so Millie lets you stay up late.

  61. Not impressed. Garoppolo played like Hundley. No pressure throws and he couldn’t hit the side of a barn. He threw it right into the defenders hands. And the drops by his receivers…..egads. Fumble at the one. The list goes on and on.

    A win is a win is a win, the Vikings deserve the credit……..but anybody could’ve beaten this 49ers team when they play like that.

  62. tokyosandblaster says:
    “Finally, what is going on with the turf there? So many injuries.”
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    Ahhhh. You can’t put aaron falling down on his collarbone as a turf issue.

  63. Not sure why everyone is so down on Jimmy G. As a very long time Vikings fan I was impressed with how tough the 49ers played us, I think the fans of this Team have a bright future honestly. Jimmy G. made some very nice throws today and his receivers needed to make some of the catches where he put the ball right on the money. Cook is nice player but he has to get better with the ball security as he changed the total dynamic of the game when he was stripped of the ball after his nice run up the middle. Game was actually closer than I thought it should have been and 49ers are not that far off from being a really good Team. I still think they win 8 games this year. Go Vikes, nice win today and we have the little sisters of the poor next week (GB) so hope Mimi Rodgers doesn’t break in half if she gets sacked next week.

  64. Kirk Cousins threw his 100th TD pass in a Vikings uniform on the same day Adrian Peterson scored his 100th rushing TD in a Redskins uniform. Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?

  65. Niners looked pretty good for week one on the road against a good team. The game was close and they made plenty of big plays against the Vikings defense. They just didn’t make enough or have a mistake free game. I hope their Oline & others heals up good luck the rest of the way to the Forty-Niners.

  66. flviking says:
    September 9, 2018 at 7:08 pm
    waltmink says:
    September 9, 2018 at 6:32 pm
    Enjoy this win, Viking’s fans. Vikings won’t win more than 9 games this year. Might squeak into the playoffs but will get knocked out in 1st round. Take it to the bank

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    What is the name of this bank? Is there a deposit slip? Do I get a free toaster or calendar? What a clown.

    Please just remember I told you so at the end of week 16 and we’ll see who the clown is.

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