Kirk Cousins' simple explanation for lining up under wrong Vikings player

The Vikings were down 34-26 in the fourth quarter and were going for a touchdown on 4th and goal with 9:09 left in the game. Minnesota was clearly scrambling, trying to get a snap off, and Cousins ended up trying to take the snap from under his guard instead of his center.

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Nov 28, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins leaves the field after a loss against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium.

Nov 28, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins leaves the field after a loss against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

Alexander Mattison tried to get Cousins over to the center before the team had to burn a timeout. But it was too late. Minnesota was forced to call a timeout.

“We just didn’t get lined up properly and the play clock was winding down,” Cousins told reporters, via MLive.com. “I was just moving, trying to get everybody settled up and just got under the wrong guy.”

Nov 28, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) celebrates with running back Alexander Mattison (25) after a touchdown during the third quarter at Levi's Stadium.

Nov 28, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) celebrates with running back Alexander Mattison (25) after a touchdown during the third quarter at Levi’s Stadium. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

VIKINGS’ KIRK COUSINS INEXPLICABLY LINES UP BEHIND GUARD TO TAKE SNAP IN BRUTAL MISTAKE

After the timeout, Cousins fired a pass incomplete to Justin Jefferson and turned the ball over back to the 49ers.

Minnesota would get one more chance to tie the game but turned the ball over on downs again.

Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts after a rushing touchdown by teammate Alexander Mattison #25 (not in photo) in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on Nov. 28, 2021 in Santa Clara, California.

Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts after a rushing touchdown by teammate Alexander Mattison #25 (not in photo) in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on Nov. 28, 2021 in Santa Clara, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

San Francisco won, 34-26.

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