The Minnesota Vikings pulled off a 22-17 upset victory over the previously unbeaten San Francisco 49ers on Monday night. Led by quarterback Kirk Cousins and rookie receiver Jordan Addison, the Vikings moved to 3-4 while handing the 49ers their second straight loss.
Cousins, Addison Connection Keys Upset Win
Cousins threw two touchdowns to Addison, while Minnesota’s defense came up with late interceptions of 49ers QB Brock Purdy to seal the win.
Addison Breaks Out in Jefferson’s Absence
With top receiver Justin Jefferson sidelined, Jordan Addison proved he’s ready for the spotlight. Addison caught 7 passes for 123 yards and two scores, including a 60-yard touchdown before halftime where he ripped the ball away from a 49ers defender. Addison’s playmaking ability showed why he was such a coveted rookie. His performance helped Cousins overcome his struggles on Monday nights.
49ers Stumble Again After Hot Start
After opening the season 5-0, San Francisco has lost back-to-back games to drop to 5-2. Purdy threw two crushing fourth-quarter interceptions when the 49ers had chances to score potential go-ahead touchdowns.
Kick struggles also continued, as Jake Moody missed another field goal. The 49ers must rebound quickly with games against contenders like Cincinnati and Tampa Bay up next if they hope to get back on a championship track.
Vikings Exhibit Resiliency at 3-4
Despite fans clamoring for a rebuild, Minnesota exhibited its trademark resilience to score a signature win and get back in the playoff hunt at 3-4. With receiver Jefferson returning soon and a soft schedule ahead, the Vikings aim to continue their late-game success from last year. Their victory showed this team still has fight left despite its early struggles.
The Vikings’ ability to beat one of the NFL’s top teams highlighted their potential when firing on all cylinders. If Addison continues developing into a top threat and the defense makes timely plays, Minnesota could salvage its season behind Cousins and make noise in a crowded NFC playoff race.