Day: January 11, 2020

Vikings understand rare possibility awaits in San Francisco

Linval Joseph doesn’t speak a lot, but teammates concentrate when he does.

The Vikings huge shielding address is the handiest player on Minnesota’s protection with a Super Bowl ring, which he earned with the Giants at some point of the 2011 season.

With the Vikings readying for another playoff test on the street, Joseph delivered a message to his teammates this week in advance of Saturday’s Divisional round recreation against the 49ers.

“Something Linval said is that he’s been in the NFL for 10 years, and there’s best 4 years he’s gotten a chance on the playoffs,” said Vikings right address Brian O’Neill. “You have to recognize the significance of it, but on the identical time, it will be plenty extra amusing if we win on Saturday.

“We’re trying now not to have fun right now. we’ve a process to do and cope with business,” O’Neill delivered. “We want to provide ourselves the nice danger to win due to the fact winning is fun.”

Added protecting cease Danielle Hunter: “This possibility doesn’t come frequently. You’ve got some human beings that’s been inside the League X amount of years and feature by no means made the playoffs. It’s an enjoy that we understand we need to be targeted and understand this possibility doesn’t come around often.”

Minnesota put the relaxation of the playoff international on word with its disappointed of New Orleans within the Wild Card spherical.

Now the stakes are even better for the Vikings, who will journey to the West Coast to square off against the pinnacle-seeded 49ers. San Francisco went 13-3, gained the NFC West and earned a first-spherical bye in 2019.

The veterans at the Vikings comprehend it will take a similar — if no longer higher — attempt to get a win Saturday. And in addition they recognise they only have one threat to get it accomplished.

“I feel like we’re jelling on the proper time, however we must carry it over,” said Vikings shielding give up Everson Griffen. “Can we do it once more this week? Can we play higher? I assume that’s what it’s going to take — for us to play higher in an effort to win this recreation. We need to visit Levi’s Stadium and play higher than we did remaining week.”

Kickoff between the Vikings and 49ers is at 3:35 p.m (CT) Saturday. NBC will broadcast the movement from Santa Clara, California, to a countrywide audience.