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The Day Before the Divisional Playoff Game Open Thread

Wild Card Round - Minnesota Vikings v New Orleans Saints Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Good Morning!

One more day until the Divisional playoffs with the 49ers. I’ll be working so I’d expect a bunch of TV’s will get turned to the game in patient’s rooms. We have a big TV in the lounge but realistically I won’t have time to go sit down there. Also, thank you to Lifer for the poll suggestion today. Welcome Aboard to all the commenters we’ve had come over from Niners Nation, pull up a seat and talk football, smoker and crockpot recipes or nap strategies with us. Meanwhile, let’s carry on with our news and links open thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and get the beer run done today, the game is tomorrow!

Around the DN since our last open thread:

2019 NFC Divisional Playoffs: Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers, all the front page stories in one spot.

Norse Code Podcast Episode 314: Oh, hi Divisional Playoffs! (feat. Kyle Posey of Niners Nation). Arif and James return to preview the Divisional round of the NFC Playoffs with Niners Nation’s Kyle Posey.

Eric has Five Good Questions: Niners Nation. Checking in with the 49ers SB Nation site to learn more about the Vikings’ upcoming opponent in the Divisional Playoffs.

From Niners Nation. It’s all about the pass rush, so which team poses a bigger threat this game? Will the short week hurt the Minnesota’s defensive line? Eric Thompson of Daily Norseman joins us to discuss.

Vikings news from other sources:

From Vikings.com The Voyage | Episode 14. On this week’s episode of “The Voyage,” get an all-encompassing look back at Sunday’s thrilling 26-20 overtime win over the Saints, including a look at Coach Zimmer’s speech at Saturday’s team meeting, bench sound, footage from the postgame locker room celebration, and more.

WR’s Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen Hopeful to Play Saturday vs. 49ers.

NFL Expert Picks: Vikings Tabbed Underdogs Again at 49ers.

Head Coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Thursday and discussed the Value of Playoff Experience Heading Into Saturday, 49ers’ Balanced Offensive Attack and more.

Matthew Coller at SkorNorth.com ponders 5 matchups that will define Vikings-49ers.

This Week’s Divisional Round Opponent: The San Francisco 49ers.

SB Nation Site: Niners Nation

Injury updates: The 49ers haven’t been this healthy since the season started.

This is Jimmy Garoppolo’s team. All the leadership we’ve wanted from a quarterback.

Ahead of their playoff debuts, 49ers’ star rookies Nick Bosa and Deebo Samuel have prepared for this moment forever.

49ers Defensive Focus: Stopping Kirk & the Vikings Play Action Game. Dalvin Cook and the ground game get all of the attention, but the Niners need to focus on stopping Kirk Cousins & the vaunted Minnesota play-action scheme

League News:

I’ll be skipping the league links through the remainder of the playoffs unless something significant happens.....like our offensive coordinator getting hired as a head coach.

We come to today’s media selection: Skol Chant on Steroids

Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:
-No discussion of politics or religion
-No feeding of the trolls
-Leave the gender hatred at the door
-Keep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)
-Speaking of which, if discussing a newer show or movie, please use spoiler tags
-No pictures that could get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employer
-If you can’t disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go away
-While navigating the open thread, just assume it’s sarcasm.
With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on. Don’t forget to tip your waiter, and Welcome Aboard!

Poll

Which Kirk Cousins do you think we’ll get on Saturday vs the 49ers?

This poll is closed

  • 69%
    Kirk will keep last week’s momentum and help secure another upset win
    (204 votes)
  • 21%
    Kirk will turn into Beaker and crumble under the pressure.
    (63 votes)
  • 2%
    I’m still mad about the 84M contract.
    (7 votes)
  • 7%
    Something else, put your answer in the comments.
    (21 votes)
295 votes total Vote Now