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Despite falling short in the opener against the Minnesota Vikings, there were still a number of positive takeaways for the San Francisco 49ers.

The 49ers made several mistakes Sunday against the Vikings, but the biggest one was the pick-six Jimmy Garoppolo threw to Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes early in the third quarter. In that stretch, Garoppolo averaged 308.4 passing yards.

It resulted in Garoppolo, who went 2-0 as a starter with New England in 2016 while Tom Brady served his Deflategate suspension, landing a huge contract as expectations soared in the Bay Area.

22 yard touchdown reception by Dante Pettis for his first career reception and first career touchdown.

"That's NFL football. I think that if you're not really accurate and you don't have that confidence to let it rip, you're going to be holding the ball and getting sacked, you're going to be spraying it everywhere", Cousins said.

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The 49ers' defence forced three straight three-and-out possessions by the Vikings in the fourth quarter, giving Garoppolo an opportunity for the comeback. This was all capped off by Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith taking advantage of a wobbly thrown pass in traffic that he picked off to seal the game. He said Cousins was "locked in" from the start. "We went against a very good defense, and we all didn't play as good as we could", 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. The third-down interception by Hughes came next to give the Vikings a 17-3 lead.

"We want to see greatness from this team and we want to see them accomplish something that we weren't able to do", Smith told the crowd, "and we want them to do it for you".

Tight end George Kittle had five receptions for 90 yards, but the catch he didn't make was the one that stood out.

KITTLE'S DROP: Garoppolo and the 49ers had their hands full against the league's leading defense of 2017, losing wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to a first-quarter quadriceps injury and two right guards to foot injuries. "Thought it was a little closer to me".

After the Vikings took a 24-6 lead late in the third quarter, Garoppolo directed a seven-play, 75-yard drive to whittle the deficit back to 11 points.

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