Kirk Cousins forgets how football works, tries to take a snap from guard on crucial 4th down vs. 49ers

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Right guard, wrong offensive lineman.

Kirk Cousins is used to making a head-scratching decision or two in key spots — remember when he knelt instead of spiking the ball? — so to see the Vikings quarterback make another one on Sunday isn’t necessarily shocking or surprising.

That, though, doesn’t make it any less hilarious.

While threatening to score in the fourth quarter of the Vikings-49ers matchup, Cousins moved to take a snap on a fourth down. Instead of lining up under center, though, Cousins moved underneath right guard Olisaemeka Udoh and expected a snap. 

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That, obviously, didn’t happen, and Cousins burned a timeout instead.

There seemed to be a bit of confusion before the snap, as Cousins was attempting to direct traffic before heading underneath center. Except, that wasn’t the center, and running back Alexander Mattison tried to help Cousins move over to center before the timeout.

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Gaffe aside, Cousins had a backbreaking INT earlier in the game despite taking the fight to the 49ers in San Francisco. 

The Vikings wouldn’t convert the fourth-and-goal play, with Cousins tossing an incomplete pass to Justin Jefferson on the ensuing play.

The 49ers would miss a field goal on the following possession, giving the Vikings a slim chance at staying alive. Instead, they would fail to convert on a fourth down in Niners territory, giving San Francisco the eventual W. 

While Cousins’ decision-making has often come under fire, maybe next time he’ll make a better snap decision.



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