Vikings Monster Comeback Spooked 49ers Player

The Minnesota Vikings orchestrated the largest comeback in NFL history last weekend, and a San Francisco 49ers player watched in awe — with a side dish of fear.

His name is Jauan Jennings, the 49ers WR3 behind Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk. He evidently observed the Vikings mammoth comeback over the Colts and wasn’t afraid to tell 95.7 The Game, a radio station, about it this week.

“It was amazing. I couldn’t believe it. Couldn’t be nothing but happy for them,’ Jennings told Damon & Ratto on 95.7 The Game.

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Nov 27, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jauan Jennings. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports.

Now, for the spooky part. Jennings added, “But whenever they see us, shit, just know that’s not a possibility.”

Vikings Monster Comeback Spooked 49ers Player

When would Jennings and his 49ers potentially witness a Vikings comeback? Well, it won’t be in the 1st Round of the playoffs. The Vikings currently inhabit the No. 2 seed in the NFC’s playoff race, with San Franciso one game off pace. In theory, if the Vikings lose a game while the 49ers win one in the next three weeks, San Francisco would likely be gifted the No. 2 seed because of a conference tiebreaker.

And that means the Vikings and 49ers could very easily meet in the Divisional Round of the postseason. The race over the next three weeks between Minnesota and San Francisco will probably determine the venue for the Divisional Round showdown — assuming both teams win on Wildcard Weekend.

Nov 13, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jauan Jennings. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports.

The Vikings and 49ers are no strangers to postseason meetings. While San Francisco emphatically has the Green Bay Packers number in the playoffs during the last decade, the 49ers also have a glitzy all-time record against Minnesota in the postseason. The teams have locked horns in the playoffs six times, and the 49ers have won five of the matchups. The only time the Vikings were triumphant was the 1988 season, dropping the 49ers 36-24 in the Divisional Round, courtesy of Anthony Carter’s mega 227-yard day through the air.

But that was it — the only time the Vikings have gotten the best of the 49ers in the postseason.

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Oct 30, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell congratulates tight end, Johnny Mundt. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

As for Jennings’ Vikings-themed anxiety, that’s real. In 2022, Minnesota erased a 27-10 late-3rd Quarter lead at the Buffalo Bills to shockingly win in overtime, 33-30. Vikings faithful didn’t think that feat could be topped — until it was in Week 15 at U.S. Bank Stadium versus the Colts. Minnesota trailed 33-0 at halftime, 36-7 with about two minutes left in the 3rd Quarter, but then rallied behind four Kirk Cousins touchdowns to win in — you guessed it — overtime by a score of 39-36.

For the season, the Vikings are 10-0 in one-score games, a mind-boggling statistic because the team was 6-8 (.428) in such games last year. Indeed, the Vikings are close-game merchants and have won every such contest in 2022.

Next up for Jennings and the 49ers? They hope to beat the Washington Commanders at home, potentially grabbing the two-seed from Minnesota. But if the Vikings handle the New York Giants on Christmas Eve in Minneapolis, the 49ers journey to the No. 2 seed will have to wait a week or two — if it happens at all.

Jennings has 30 receptions for 339 yards and 1 touchdown in 2022.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).