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Richard Sherman takes victory lap on Twitter after 49ers' playoff win

Richard Sherman takes victory lap on Twitter after 49ers' playoff win

Richard Sherman was named Pro Football Focus' cornerback of the decade. He also was selected a second-team All-Pro after putting together a brilliant season for the 49ers.

But if we learned anything from #HandshakeGate, it's that Sherman is going to find motivation in absolutely any slight, whether perceived or real.

So it was only natural for Sherman to take a victory lap over his "doubters" after he notched an interception and shut down Minnesota Vikings star Adam Thielen on Saturday in the 49ers' 27-10 NFC Divisional Playoff Game win at Levi's Stadium.

I'm not even sure this has been a knock on Sherman this season, but it was in the past, so here we are. 

As for Sherman's blanketing of Theilen, ESPN analyst and ex-Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Clark sure liked what he saw. 

The coverage on the pick was flawless.

After the game, Sherman had a message for the doubters.

"The only place that I'm not the best corner in the game over the last generation is in the haters' minds," he said.

Case closed.

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Sherman and the 49ers now will prepare for the NFC Championship Game next Sunday at Levi's Stadium. We're sure Sherman will have much more to say if the 49ers punch their ticket to Miami and Super LIV.

49ers-Vikings inactives: Dee Ford, Adam Thielen to play in NFL playoff game

49ers-Vikings inactives: Dee Ford, Adam Thielen to play in NFL playoff game

It's playoff time in the Bay Area.

After missing the final three games of the regular season due to an aggravation of a hamstring injury during the 49ers' Week 14 win in New Orleans, defensive end Dee Ford will be active for San Francisco in Saturday's divisional-round clash with the Minnesota Vikings.

Ford was expected to be active, but the team maintained that he would be a game-time decision throughout the week.

For Minnesota, wide receiver Adam Thielen was questionable this week after being cleated in the ankle during practice, an injury Thielen initially feared was much worse. The talented wideout also will be active for Saturday's game.  

The 49ers announced Friday that linebacker Kwon Alexander would be activated off injured reserve and play in Saturday's playoff contest, although the team indicated he likely wouldn't be in on every snap.

Just about every NFL player is facing some form of injury at this point in the NFL season, but both Thielen and Ford will persevere and take the field at Levi's Stadium.

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Here are the full inactives for both teams:

Vikings injury report: Adam Thielen questionable vs. 49ers; Stefon Diggs OK

Vikings injury report: Adam Thielen questionable vs. 49ers; Stefon Diggs OK

The Minnesota Vikings received positive news regarding one of their star receivers on Thursday, but another remains a bit of a mystery ahead of their battle with the 49ers on Saturday. 

Stefon Diggs was not listed on the team's final injury report, while Adam Thielen was listed as "questionable" with an ankle injury.

Diggs was back at practice after missing the last two days with an illness. 

Diggs, 26, led the Vikings with a career-high 1,130 receiving yards in 15 regular-season games. He also scored six touchdowns and averaged 17.9 yards per reception, good for fourth in the NFL. 

While Diggs appears on track to play the 49ers in the divisional-round playoff game, his running mate, Adam Thielen, still has some obstacles to beat. 

Thielen was limited in Wednesday's practice after sustaining an ankle injury. The two-time Pro Bowler said Thursday on NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" that he "got a little tangled up at practice." NFL Media's Tom Pelissero reported Thielen received stitches on his ankle for a bad cut. 

Thielen, who had seven receptions for 129 yards in the Vikings upset win over the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round, certainly is aiming to play against San Francisco. 

"I'm gonna do whatever it takes," Thielen said on "Good Morning Football." "You know, it's the playoffs so I'm gonna do whatever it takes to get out there on Saturday with my teammates and try to help this team win." 

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Thielen was limited to 10 games this season as he dealt with injuries. When healthy, he and Diggs are one of the best duos in the NFL. There's no doubt the 49ers expect the two to play, and are keying on ways to slow them down.