San Francisco 49ers: Three Stars in Victory Over the Minnesota Vikings

The hot season for the San Francisco 49ers continues. They took it to the Minnesota Vikings in Saturday’s NFC Divisional Playoff Game. The final score was 27-10. For a team that was making its long-awaited return to playoffs, it was a complete win. To have a complete win, it takes several stars. In saying that, here is a look at three stars of the 49ers victory.

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Tevin Coleman

Coleman is just one of the members of the San Francisco 49ers three-headed monster. In recent weeks, Raheem Mostert was spearheading the show. However, on this day it was Coleman. Coleman exploited many holes that the big boys up front opened up for him. The Niners ran the ball 49 times on the day. Coleman toted 22 of those for 105 yards and 2 TDs.

Kyle Shanahan

In his first playoff game as a head coach, Shanahan was masterful. His zone scheme was on point for most of the day. That, along with the motion he uses had the Minnesota Vikings’ defense playing on their heels all day.

Shanahan has previous playoff experience with the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons. Nonetheless, this was his first game as a head coach. The bright lights did not bother him in the least.

Defensive Front Four

In one of our keys to the game, we said that the defensive front four would have to be big for the San Francisco 49ers. They did just that. Vikings QB Kirk Cousins was not able to get comfortable in the pocket at all on the day. Cousins only threw for 172 yards on the day. He also threw one interception. That dagger changed everything for the Vikings.

This was all due to the front of the 49ers. Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh had them on the ball all day. Rookie DE, Nick Bosa ended up with two sacks. Solomon Thomas, Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, and Dee Ford each totaled a sack apiece.

As I said in the open, the San Francisco 49ers had a complete game. All aspects of the game. They now await the winner of the game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. The winner will travel to San Francisco for the first NFC Championship Game in Levi Stadium and the first for the 49ers since 2013.

Can the San Francisco 49ers return to the big game? Tune in next week to find out.

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