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Kirk Cousins Record Against Elite Teams Points to 49ers Defeating Vikings in NFC Divisional Round Game

Mike Esposito
Kirk Cousins led the Minnesota Vikings to a victory over the New Orleans Saints.
Kirk Cousins led the Minnesota Vikings to a victory over the New Orleans Saints. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Kirk Cousins is a talented quarterback, but in the past few seasons, he's earned a reputation for folding in high-pressure situations. However, Cousins proved his doubters wrong this past weekend, leading the the Minnesota Vikings to a surprising 26-20 (OT) upset over the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Wild Card Round.

Prior to the victory, Cousins was 0-12 when facing a team that finished the season with a .700 winning percentage or better. The victory improved his record to 1-12, and Cousins' shaky history against elite clubs could be a problem against the 13-3 San Francisco 49ers this weekend.

That 13-3 record translates to a .813 winning percentage, and the 49ers also stand to benefit from having home-field advantage, as San Francisco is 6-2 at Levi's Stadium this season.

This could prove to be an uphill battle for the Vikings, and that is certainly reflected in the odds, as Minnesota is a 6.5-point underdog in this one, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Cousins just proved that he can buck even the most unfavorable of trends, but he could have trouble pulling that off in a second consecutive games this weekend.

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