January 11, 2020
FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer reacts to a call during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, in Minneapolis. The Vikings and San Francisco 49ers play in a divisional playoff game on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn, File)
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Kirk Cousins starting the 49ers’ first playoff game at Levi’s Stadium was how coach Kyle Shanahan planned it when he took over in San Francisco back in 2017. The surprise is that Cousins is starting for the Minnesota Vikings instead of the Niners when the teams meet in the divisional round Saturday.