Vikings
September 10
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins scrambles for a first down late in the fourth quarter. He cam up short, but got the ball back when the 49ers jumped o

Souhan: Cousins' head-first dive was crazy, but won the locker room

New Vikings QB Kirk Cousins put his team above health with a fourth-quarter dive on third down, and fellow football players respect nothing more.
Vikings
September 9
Harrison Smith sacked Jimmy Garoppolo in the 4th quarter on Sunday.

Vikings' Smith shows up when you're watching — and when you're not

Sometimes, Vikings safety Harrison Smith said, his best games happen when you don't notice him at all.
Vikings
September 9

Hartman: Offensive hiccups were to be expected in first Vikings game

With all the changes on offense, Mike Zimmer knew things wouldn't be smooth right away.
Vikings
September 9
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook finished with 95 yards of total offense against the 49ers in his first game back since undergoing ACL surgery.

Fumble aside, Cook's comeback made complete in effort vs. 49ers

Dalvin Cook made his comeback vs. the 49ers with his uncle, a football player at Florida International now hospitalized, on his mind.
Vikings
September 9
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Minnesota Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson, center, celebrates with teammates after kicking a 48-yard field goal, one of several

Quiet day is a good day for embattled Vikings special teams

Insider: Special teams play, a trouble-spot in the preseason, was a strong point for the Vikings against San Francisco.
Vikings
September 9
Mike Hughes became the first rookie in Vikings history to return an interception for a touchdown in a season opener.

Scoggins: Hughes' pick-six makes nice welcome-to-the-NFL gift

Pressed into full-time duty because of injuries, first-round draft pick Mike Hughes had an eventful launch to his career Sunday, including a 28-yard interception return for a TD and a pass breakup in the end zone.
Vikings
September 9
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was sacked by the 49ers’ DeForest Buckner in the first quarter.

Tracking Kirk Cousins: Week 1

All season we will track Kirk Cousins in his inaugural season as the Vikings' signal-caller. Here is the report after Week 1.
Vikings
September 9
Vikings Mike Hughes returned an interception 28-yards for a touchdown in the third quarter against the 49ers. .

Game balls: Hughes and newcomer Richardson immediately prove their worth

Handing out the Week 1 game balls from U.S. Bank Stadium.
Vikings
September 9
Coach Mike Zimmer counts on his defense solving problems, and it did when it forced a fumble in the second quarter. ile on the goal line in the 2nd qu

Zimmer still trusts his defense, Week 1 shows

Coach Mike Zimmer made his living and reputation — not to mention won a lot of games — by trusting his defense above all else.
Vikings
September 9
Kirk Cousins

Cousins: 'It's just a dream to play here'

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had a lot of positive things to say about his team and the Minnesota fan base after winning the home opener against San Francisco.
Vikings
September 9
Zimmer: 'It was good to find the fight and the heart that we had'

Zimmer: 'It was good to find the fight and the heart that we had'

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was pleased with the team's performance in Sunday's win over the 49ers.
Vikings
September 9
Watch: Rudolph talks about Cousins' 'gutsy' game

Watch: Rudolph talks about Cousins' 'gutsy' game

Tight end Kyle Rudolph discusses his responsibility in the red zone, and Kirk Cousins' "gutsy" play at the end of the game.
Vikings
September 9
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen

Watch: Thielen talks about Cousins leading Vikings to win

Adam Thielen talks with the media after the Vikings' win over San Francisco on Sunday.
Vikings
September 9
Minnesota Vikings defensive back Xavier Rhodes

Watch: Rhodes talks about how Vikings defense stepped up

Xavier Rhodes met with the media after Sunday's Week 1 victory over the 49ers.
Vikings
September 9

Grade the Vikings: How did the team do on offense, defense, special teams and coaching?

Use our weekly poll to grade the Vikings' performance against the 49ers.
Vikings
September 9
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins

Souhan rapid reaction: Cousins survives rough ending in otherwise impressive debut

Rapid reaction: Kirk Cousins did not complete a pass in the 4th quarter but his TD passes early and a hard count that drew the 49ers offsides stood out.
Vikings
September 9
Vikings-49ers inactives: Cornerback Xavier Rhodes to play, Mackensie Alexander will not

Vikings-49ers inactives: Cornerback Xavier Rhodes to play, Mackensie Alexander will not

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes is active and will play for Sunday's noon kickoff against the 49ers. Rhodes was listed questionable after being limited in practice all…
Vikings
September 9
Viking fans took in a preseason game at U.S. Bank Stadium.

It's Gameday: Everything you need for today's Vikings-49ers game

Play-by-play, depth charts, a Live Blog and more are a click away to help you follow Sunday's season-opener between the Vikings and San Francisco from U.S. Bank Stadium.
Vikings
September 9
Viking fans took in a preseason game at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Access Vikings: Game One against 49ers is finally here

Reporters Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer give the breakdown on who will be playing against San Francisco and who is out with injuries as the Vikings home opener approaches. The 49ers will prove to be a tough opponent with a talented defense that is sure to test quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Vikings' offensive line.
Vikings
September 9
From Adrian Peterson to Dalvin Cook, ACL recoveries have come a long way

From Adrian Peterson to Dalvin Cook, ACL recoveries have come a long way

Six years ago, when Adrian Peterson returned from a torn ACL in just under nine months to start the Vikings' Week 1 game against the…

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