Cousins explains bizarre miscue lining up behind guard vs. 49ers


There were a few moments that Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins would like to forget from Sunday's 34-26 loss to the 49ers

The first was a costly interception that resulted in 49ers linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair returning the pick all the way to the Vikings 2-yard line. 

The second was when Cousins accidentally lined up behind his guard on a crucial fourth-down play in the fourth quarter. 

"We just didn't get lined up properly, and the play clock was winding down," Cousins explained to reporters postgame. 

"I was just moving, trying to get everybody settled up and I got under the wrong guy."

You could say that again. 

49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa knew something was off the moment the Vikings got set.

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With their offense out of sorts, the Vikings were forced to call timeout. On the subsequent fourth-down try, Cousins' pass to wide receiver Justin Jefferson was incomplete, resulting in a turnover on downs that allowed the 49ers to take over possession and drain over seven minutes off the clock. 

The 49ers held on to win their third-straight game and now hold the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoff chase.