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Minnesota at San Francisco
When: 4:25 PM ET, Sunday, November 28, 2021
Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

The Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers both go for a third win in a row when they meet Sunday afternoon in Santa Clara, Calif.

Minnesota (5-5) is coming off back-to-back victories against the Los Angeles Chargers and Green Bay Packers to climb back to .500 and strengthen its hopes for reaching the postseason. The Vikings have scored 30-plus points twice in the last three weeks and five times this season.

As he looks for continued success, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has a simple message for his team and in particular his starting quarterback, Kirk Cousins.

Stay aggressive.

"I want (Cousins) to keep doing it like he's doing it," Zimmer said. "He can't second-guess himself. If he throws an interception, that's life. But you keep going for the jugular. It's going to open up a lot of other areas in the running game. It's going to open up other players."

Cousins has fared well with a gung-ho approach this season. He has a 106.3 passer rating while amassing 2,775 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and two interceptions.

Justin Jefferson has emerged as a superstar wideout and Cousins' top target. Jefferson has 63 catches for 944 yards and six touchdowns, and with 56 receiving yards Sunday he could surpass 1,000 yards for the second season in a row since the Vikings drafted him out of LSU.

It adds up to a tough challenge for San Francisco (5-5), but the 49ers have proved in recent weeks that they can quiet an opposing offense. The 49ers also are coming off back-to-back wins after a 31-10 triumph over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10 and a 30-10 beatdown of the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11.

After starting the season 2-4, the 49ers have reeled off three wins in their past four games.

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said all aspects of his team have found a rhythm.

"I just think we've all gotten a little bit better in what we're doing," Shanahan said. "It's not much of a new way that we've been going about it. I think we've just been doing it at a consistent, higher level. ...

"Whether it's been the run or pass game, (we find a way). And I think at the same time, our defense has been stopping guys at a higher level. I also think we've gotten turnovers on special teams and defense. ... When you do all that stuff, you do get a lot more plays, a lot more drives, and that helps everybody."

Wideouts Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk have helped fuel the 49ers' success on offense. Samuel leads the team with 55 catches for 994 yards -- only six yards from his first 1,000-yard campaign - and five touchdowns, and Aiyuk has 29 catches for 341 yards and three scores.

Jimmy Garoppolo has relied on quick, accurate passes to establish a 100.0 passer rating on the season for the 49ers. He has thrown for 2,112 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions.

This will be the teams' first meeting since Sept. 9, 2018, when the Vikings won 24-16.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Minnesota 5-5 W2 25.5 24.2 3-2 2-3 1-1 0-0 - - 4-2
San Francisco 5-5 W2 24.6 22.2 1-4 4-1 4-5 0-0 - - 4-4
Last Meeting
Minnesota San Francisco
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
1/11/20 MIN 10 SF 27 147 21 126 308 186 122
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Minnesota K. Cousins 72.4 172 1 1
San Francisco J. Garoppolo 57.9 131 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Minnesota D. Cook 9 18 2.0 0
San Francisco T. Coleman 22 105 4.8 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Minnesota S. Diggs 2 57 28.5 1
San Francisco D. Samuel 3 42 14.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Minnesota S. Diggs 1
San Francisco T. Coleman 2
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Minnesota K. Cousins 68.2 2775 21 2
San Francisco J. Garoppolo 66.9 2112 12 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Minnesota D. Cook 161 734 4.6 4
San Francisco E. Mitchell 116 560 4.8 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Minnesota J. Jefferson 63 944 15.0 6
San Francisco D. Samuel 55 994 18.1 5
Touchdowns Player TD
Minnesota A. Thielen 8
San Francisco D. Samuel 8