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Richard Sherman and the San Francisco 49ers defense stifled the Minnesota Vikings' offense in Saturday's 27-10 victory, earning the Niners a spot in the NFC championship game. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

49ers beat Vikings to earn spot in NFC championship game, led by a dominant defense

January 11, 2020 at 8:05 p.m. EST

By the time Richard Sherman’s eyes gazed into the backfield on Saturday afternoon, early in the third quarter of an NFC divisional-round playoff matchup, the Minnesota Vikings offense had gone stagnant.

The Vikings were on their way to an outing that saw them struggle to eclipse 100 yards of total offense. Quarterback Kirk Cousins rarely had time to find open receivers downfield. Running back Dalvin Cook, on whose shoulders Minnesota’s offensive game plan rested, was a nonfactor.  
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What happened in Super Bowl LIV

The Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20, in the Super Bowl to deliver Kansas City’s first NFL championship in 50 years. Find all the highlights here.

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