Playing as a starting quarterback in the NFL is one of the hardest jobs in all of sports. A good quarterback has to command and lead his team and must take on a lot of responsibility being the main guy. As for Vikings Kirk Cousins, he made a huge mistake at the most inopportune time.
During a fourth-and-goal play with less than 10 minutes left in the game, Cousins lined up to take the snap from under his right guard instead of lining up beneath his center. Cousins was so unaware that Vikings RB Alexander Mattison had to grab Cousins and move him into the right position. This forced the Vikings to burn a timeout so they could avoid a delay of game penalty. Following the time out, they couldn't connect on a fourth and goal opportunity after Cousins threw an incomplete pass over Justin Jefferson‘s head, and the Vikings missed their best chance to tie the game.
After the game Cousins didn't really have much of an explanation as to why he made such an egregious mistake.
“We just didn’t get lined up properly and the play clock was winding down,” Cousins said. “I was just moving, trying to get everybody settled up and just got under the wrong guy.”
I mean there really isnt a sound explanation as to what Cousins were thinking. He is not the first quarterback to make this mistake, but considering he did so on a game-defying fourth and goal with the Vikings trailing by eight there should be no excuse for that.
The game had major Wild Card implications as both Minnesota and the 49ers are slated in two of the three Wild Card spots in the NFC. With the loss, the Vikings drop to 5-6 and fall into a three-way tie for the seventh playoff spot while the 49ers improve to 6-5 as they continue to solidify their spot in the postseason.