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Cousins leads Vikings to victory as 49ers lose second straight game

Kirk Cousins connected with rookie Jordan Addison for two first-half touchdowns, Camryn Bynum intercepted San Francisco’s Brock Purdy twice in the fourth quarter, and the Minnesota Vikings beat the 49ers 22-17 on Monday night.

Christian McCaffrey scored twice for the 49ers (5-2), who lost their second straight game for the first time in a 34-game stretch.

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Addison had the play of the game when he wrestled a contested pass from 49ers cornerback Charvarius Ward in the closing seconds of the second quarter, spun away from his defender and jogged into the end zone for a 60-yard score to put the Vikings ahead 16-7 going into the break.

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Addison, stepping up in a big way with star wide receiver Justin Jefferson sidelined by a hamstring injury, had seven catches for 124 yards in his breakout game on a primetime stage. The first-round draft pick from USC, who left the game briefly with leg cramps, also had a 14-yard reception on third-and-four on what looked like the game-sealing drive for Minnesota (3-4). But Greg Joseph, who missed an earlier extra point, pulled a 50-yard field goal wide right.

With no timeouts and 1:11 left, the 49ers took possession at their 40. Purdy, who was picked off with 5:30 remaining at the Minnesota 30 after an apparent mix-up with wide receiver Jajuan Jennings, completed two short throws to reach the Minnesota 40. But Bynum zeroed in on a pass over the middle meant for Ray-Ray McCloud III and jumped over the receiver for the interception.

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