Skip to main content

Watch: Kirk Cousins lines up under guard on critical 4th down play

Kirk Cousins went "Full Kirk" at the worst possible time.

When Kirk Cousins is on his game, he can be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. When he's not, you have moments like he did on Sunday afternoon.

During the Minnesota Vikings' loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Cousins encountered a critical fourth down where the Vikings had a chance to tie the game. After leading his teammates to the line, Cousins stepped up and lined up...under the guard.

The gaffe caused the Vikings to burn their second timeout of the half before Cousins' fourth-down pass sailed out of the back of the end zone. The play blew up Twitter, where some had their own interpretations of what happened.

Other fans imagined the surprise of Oli Udoh when Cousins went to snap the ball.

But the gaffe was just one aspect of a rough day for Cousins. He went 20-for-32 on the afternoon with 238 yards and two touchdowns but also threw an interception where he attempted to impale Azeez Al-Shaair.

It was a disappointing output for Cousins, who Mike Zimmer begged to be more aggressive throughout the week. While Cousins certainly has his moments, it's clear that he prefers things perfectly balanced, as all things should be.

Next Up

Rick Spielman

Spielman: 'That head coach has to have a relationship with that QB'

"I think the No. 1 thing you’re looking for is that head coach has to have a relationship with that quarterback."

Screen Shot 2022-01-26 at 6.36.25 AM

Gallery: France 44 to build two-story addition, rooftop patio

The Minneapolis liquor store and cheese shop is stepping up its events and class offerings.

2019_1229_Bears_Home_0831

Ryan Poles picking Chicago creates battle of the rebuilds with Vikings

Both of the Vikings' GM finalists land in the same division looking to return to relevancy.

David Ortiz

Twins congratulate David Ortiz on HOF induction, it ends badly

Twins fans haven't forgotten the biggest mistake in franchise history.

Snowmobile tracks Any Arthur Flickr

Who left the burnt snowmobile on a frozen Minnesota lake?

There wasn't much left beyond the frame and a few other large, metal parts.

T Kline Robbinsdale City Council

Charges: Drunk council member fled police on wrong side of Hwy. 100

The complaint alleges he caused a wrong-way crash, then drove around an officer that tried to stop him.

20211010_Vikings_Lions_REG05_0560

What does the future hold for the Vikings at linebacker?

Anthony Barr is hitting free agency, and Eric Kendricks is approaching age 30

vehicle car

String of vehicle thefts in St. Paul, most left running unattended

The department is urging people not to leave their car running unattended.

kid hospital doctor

Child COVID hospitalizations reach pandemic-high in northern MN

As omicron surges, more kids are ending up in the hospital.

Related

Kirk Cousins

Watch: Kirk Cousins fumbles away comeback in Pro Bowl

The Kirk Cousins experience was on full display in Orlando.

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins is playing at an MVP level for the Vikings

KIRK COUSINS IS PLAYING AT THE SAME LEVEL AS PATRICK MAHOMES!!! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!!

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins surprises Viking fan van on Minnesota highway

Cousins's new aggressiveness has pulled into the fast lane.

Mike Zimmer

Mike Zimmer apparently doesn't know what Kirk Cousins' contract situation is

Cousins' contract ends after next season, but his head coach is currently unaware.

Kirk Cousins

There's something different about Kirk Cousins, but what is it?

Cousins' "swag" has fueled a hot start to the season.

Kirk Cousins

Offseason preview: What will the Vikings do with Kirk Cousins?

Will the Vikings extend Cousins or put an eye to the future?

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins holds the keys to unlocking the Vikings' offense

It will all depend on if Kirk Cousins is willing to throw it deep.

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins saves the day again to get Vikings to .500

Cousins' overtime toss to K.J. Osborn earned a 34-28 victory.