The 49ers had outscored the Vikings 24-6 since late in the second quarter and were threatening to pull away. But Kene Nwangwu answered the call and perhaps saved the day for Minnesota.
For the season, Nwangwu has eight kickoff returns, with two going for touchdowns. He had a 98-yard return for a touchdown in Week 9 against the Ravens.
The Vikings failed to convert the 2-point conversion, leaving Minnesota’s deficit at 31-26.
So far, the teams have combined for 29 points in the third quarter.