49ers vs. Vikings: 4 plays that broke Minnesota’s back in Week 12

Elijah Mitchell #25 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
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No. 1: Vikings QB Kirk Cousins lines up under the wrong lineman

It’s OK if you were a little stressed out late in the game when the Vikings were desperately trying to stage a comeback, the kind they’ve been so accustomed to this season in all the one-score games they’ve played.

But if there was one play that made you laugh and scratch your head a bit, it’s this one.

Minnesota was still very much in it with just over nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and trailing 34-26 when, facing a 4th-and-goal from the 49ers’ 4-yard line, Kirk Cousins was scrambling to get a play off before the play clock ran out.

Except Cousins lined up behind his right guard, not behind his center:


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Granted, the only major ramification at that moment was having to burn a timeout, yet the Vikings failed to score on that possession anyway, helping ensure the Niners’ lead stayed intact.

And if there was any clearer indication of how discombobulated the Vikings’ offensive efforts were late in the game, we’d like to hear about it if it supersedes this particular non-play.

At least it made for a funny moment in an otherwise stressful game.

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