Surprise! The 49ers will play Vikings in Divisional Round after overtime upset of Saints

The San Francisco 49ers will host the Minnesota Vikings in the Divisional Round of the playoffs next Saturday after Minnesota’s upset over the New Orleans in the Wild Card game on Sunday.

The Vikings rode running back Dalvin Cook and a strong defensive performance to gut out a 26-20 overtime win over the Drew Brees-led Saints, a team many thought would be the NFC’s representative in Super Bowl LIV. The game-winning touchdown was a four-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Kyle Rudolph.

Minnesota’s upset is also a surprise to 49ers fans, who now no longer have to stress over whether the Philadelphia Eagles or Seattle Seahawks would be the tougher opponent next week.

One hack writer even omitted the Vikings from an analysis on the 49ers’ preferred opponent in the Divisional Round, since he believed the Vikings were all but guaranteed to lose to the Saints.

Vikings-49ers kicks off at 1:35 p.m. on Jan. 11, and will be the first-ever playoff game at Levi’s Stadium.

The 49ers last played the Vikings in the 2018 season opener, one of three games quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo played in last year. Minnesota won that contest 24-16.

Eric Ting is an SFGATE digital reporter. Email: eric.ting@sfgate.com | Twitter:@_ericting

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