Kirk Cousins lined up under guard during critical Vikings play



What was Kirk Cousins thinking?

The Vikings quarterback looked lost on a crucial fourth-down snap in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers.

Cousins, 33, lined up behind the right guard instead of his center while Minnesota trailed by eight points in the fourth quarter — and was about to try to take a snap until the Vikings called a timeout.

When the offense returned to the field, Cousins threw an incomplete pass over receiver Justin Jefferson‘s head, and the Vikings blew a chance to tie the game. San Francisco won 34-26.

“We just didn’t get lined up properly and the play clock was winding down,” Cousins said about the fourth-quarter blunder. “I was just moving, trying to get everybody settled up and just got under the wrong guy.”

While Cousins made sure his offense was lined up properly, running back Alexander Mattison ran over to the quarterback and tried to move him to the correct spot under center.

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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins lining up under the right guard during a fourth-and-goal in the fourth quarter.

Cousins finished with 20 of 32 for 238 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He entered Sunday’s game with 21 touchdowns and only two interceptions.

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Kirk Cousins reacts during the Vikings’ loss to the 49ers on Nov. 28, 2021.

The Vikings dropped to 5-6 with the loss. They visit the Lions on Sunday.


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