Vikings DE Danielle Hunter claims Jimmy Garoppolo got ‘scared’

CB Richard Sherman

The San Francisco defense converged as Cousins crossed his 40-yard line, so the most expensive player in Vikings history lowered his head as he tried to power his way past the first-down marker.

That was enough to put a dent in the legend of Jimmy Garoppolo, whose San Francisco 49ers fell 24-16 to a Vikings squad that, while effective, had the air of a team working out a few lingering glitches. The defeat marked Garoppolo's first loss as a starting quarterback in the National Football League, and it made Stephen A. Smith call Monday on ESPN's "First Take" for everyone to "pump the brakes" on the Jimmy G hype. "I think he did an admirable job". Mike Hughes returned the first pick 28 yards for a score.

"We were rolling there toward the end", Kittle said. "Thought it was a little closer to me. Just a bad play". Fred Zamberletti, the team's original athletic trainer who died last week at age 86, was honored with a pregame moment of silence. "You see that he's starting to get scared", defensive end Danielle Hunter said.

49ers: Goodwin hurt his right quadriceps in the first quarter and didn't return. After Mike Person (second quarter) and Joshua Garnett (third quarter) went out, rookie right tackle Mike McGlinchey had to slide over for the first action at guard of his life as Gary Gilliam entered at right tackle. With two starters at LB already out, Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and Reuben Foster (suspension), Smith's sub, Brock Coyle, suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter and needed several minutes to get up. With the pocket collapsed in front of him, Garoppolo spun out in a 360-degree turn left and zipped an off-balance throw to Pettis in the back of the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown. He didn't return. With Mackensie Alexander (ankle) inactive and Terence Newman now retired, the Vikings were down to four CBs so SS Jayron Kearse played slot coverage in the nickel package with Hughes on the outside for Waynes.

The 49ers will have a chance to bounce back in their home opener on Sunday, when they host the Lions.

The latter is what sunk Garoppolo and the 49ers in Minnesota on Sunday (the Vikings grabbed the top defensive ranking that formerly belonged to the Jaguars to finish last year). They haven't faced the Packers on the road in September since the 2008 season opener.

Related news: