Zimmer on giving Cousins game ball: ‘I just felt like it was time to tell a lot of people that he’s our guy’

“You Like That!”

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins shut a lot of people up on Sunday. Cousins and the Vikings(11-6) went into New Orleans(13-4) and were able to beat the Saints 26-20 in overtime, and one of the main reasons they won, is because of Cousins.

The eight-year veteran did something that many thought he could not do, and that is win not only a playoff game but do it in such a harsh environment. The Vikings don’t defeat the Saints without Cousins, who threw a beautiful 43-yard strike to Adam Thielen, which set up the game-winning touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph.

Cousins completed 19 of 31 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown, and after the game, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer presented him with the game ball.

On Monday, Zimmer discussed how it felt to give Cousins the game ball. 

“It was just about him solidifying himself with all of the bad rhetoric that he gets all the time about this or that,” Zimmer about Cousins. “I just felt like it was time to tell a lot of people that he’s our guy, and he did it.”

The Vikings have to travel to San Francisco to play another 13-win team in the 49ers in the Divisional Round on Saturday, and the same recipe they used against the Saints, Dalvin Cook and the run game, tough defense, and Cousins, is what they will need to move on.

Many have criticized Cousins, who signed a three-year, $84 million guaranteed contract with Minnesota in 2018, especially after he failed to lead the Vikings to the playoffs last season, but if he can keep winning in this year’s playoffs, Minnesota will definitely like that!

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