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49ers Vs Vikings: San Francisco Stumbles On The Road, 24-13

The San Francisco 49ers suffer their first loss of the season falling 24-13 to the Minnesota Vikings. For more on the 49ers, check out Niners Nation, and get caught up by reading last week's StoryStream for all we wrote about the matchup with the Detroit Lions.

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Looking at 49ers' mistakes on MIN scoring drives

Many things went wrong for the San Francisco 49ers against the Minnesota Vikings, and we take a look at just what went into the Minnesota touchdown drives.


49ers Vs. Vikings: San Francisco Loses, Fails to Cover Spread

The San Francisco 49ers went to the Twin Cities in Minnesota as 6.5-point favorites in their game against the Vikings on Sunday. The Niners lost, 24-13, and didn't reach the over-under -- which was at 43 -- failing all those who bet with them.

San Francisco scored 10 unanswered points and trailed, 17-13, after three quarters despite being dominated in the first half. The 49ers were still very much in the game, but lost their composure in the fourth. Quarterback Alex Smith fumbled and threw an interception late in the fourth quarter, and the 49ers could not capitalize on fumbles by Minnesota running back Toby Gerhart.

It was a frustrating loss, especially given all of the excitement about the 49ers team and its stout defense and loaded offense. Nothing seemed to click with any consistency on Sunday, and it showed in the final score.

Now the 49ers go further east to the Meadowlands to play the New York Jets, and open the week as four-point favorites on Sunday, in a battle of 2-1 teams.

For more on the 49ers, make sure to check out Niners Nation.


49ers' Jim Harbaugh: 'We Just Didn't Get It Done'

The fallout from the San Francisco 49ers' 24-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday continues, as this was a game the 49ers clearly expected to win against a team that many feel will finish last in the NFC North.

Here's what 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh had to say after the game, per Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

"I thought we were ready to play," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said when asked if the team came out flat. "We didn't get the lead, if that's what you're referring to. That's obvious. But there are multiple things that always determine the outcome of a football game. And we had opportunities. We just didn't get it done."

Could the 49ers have overlooked a team that lost to the Indianapolis Colts the week before? Could they have bought into the hype as the NFL's best team going into Week 3? Players seemed to say that the team just didn't start off well, and gave credit to how the Vikings played.

San Francisco made some uncharacteristic mistakes, even though it got the benefit of a free challenge from the officials. It was also uncharacteristic to see another team's quarterback run for a touchdown against the normally attacking and faster 49ers defense.

For more 49ers news and injury updates, head on over to Niners Nation.


49ers Vs. Vikings Injury Report: San Francisco Relatively Unscathed Following Upset Loss

Fortunately for the San Francisco 49ers, it seems like there was only one major injury to report following their 24-13 loss the Minnesota Vikings: the bruising of team's ego.

The Niners (2-1) are walking away from their first loss of the season seemingly as healthy as they were when they entered it.

Linebacker Patrick Willis and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga both left Sunday's game with minor leg injuries, but each was observed leaving the locker room after with no sort of noticeable limp, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

Additionally, linebacker Ahmad Brooks left the game for two plays in the first half with a leg injury of his own before returning and powering through for the duration of the game.

At this point, it still seems like the team's main focus in the injury department is getting running back Brandon Jacobs (knee) and wide receiver/kick returner Tedd Ginn Jr. (ankle) on the field for the first time in 2012. And after both received questionable tags for Sunday's matchup, it's possible that fans could see them in action as early as next week against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

For more 49ers news and injury updates, head on over to Niners Nation.


49ers Vs. Vikings: One Step Forward, A Few Steps Back In San Francisco's Loss To Minnesota

The San Francisco 49ers apparently cannot win them all, and on Sunday were far from that team that manhandled the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions the first two weeks of the season in a 24-13 loss at Minnesota Sunday. Says resident Niners blogger David Fucillo on Niners Nation:

The 49ers had their moments where it seemed like they might be able to get back into the game, but for every step forward, we saw the 49ers take three or four steps back.

The 49ers got a wakeup call with this loss to a team it should have beaten. It was odd to see Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder run up the middle on the San Francisco defense and get into the end zone. The 49ers also made offensive mistakes, with quarterback Alex Smith throwing an interception and fumbling away the ball and the offense unable to capitalize on two Vikings fumbles.

When the smoke clears from the weekend, the 49ers will be in second place in the NFC West, and might share it with Seattle.

For more on the 49ers, make sure to check out Niners Nation. For the Vikings side of things, head over to The Daily Norseman.


49ers Vs. Vikings Final Score: San Francisco Falls On The Road, 24-13

The Minnesota Vikings pulled off an upset victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, winning by a final score of 24-13.

The Vikings got off to a hot start, dominating the first half on both sides of the ball to take a 17-3 halftime lead. San Francisco responded in the third quarter, scoring 10 unanswered points to cut Minnesota's advantage to 17-13. But the Vikings quickly put up another touchdown just seconds into the fourth quarter, effectively putting the game out of reach for the 49ers.

49ers quarterback Alex Smith threw his first interception of the season and later fumbled in the closing minutes of the game, as San Francisco attempted to make a late comeback following multiple fumbles by running back Toby Gerhart.

Fantasy Studs and Duds

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder had an impressive statline, finishing with 198 passing yards and two touchdowns, along with 33 rushing yards and another score.

San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis also put up some solid numbers, finishing with 53 yards and a touchdown.

Neither team got monster performances from their star running backs. Frank Gore finished with 63 yards on just 12 carries, while Adrian Peterson accumulated a solid but unspectacular 107 total yards and no touchdowns.

Christian Ponder Can Scramble

San Francisco's run defense had been nearly impenetrable early this season, but Ponder was able to scramble his way into the endzone in the second quarter for a big touchdown.



What's Next?

Minnesota improves to 2-1 with the win, while the 49ers fall to 2-1. The Vikings will next take on the Detroit Lions and the 49ers will play the New York Jets.

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For more on the 49ers, make sure to check out Niners Nation. For the Vikings side of things, head over to The Daily Norseman.


49ers Vs. Vikings Score Update: Minnesota Leads 17-3 At Halftime

The San Francisco 49ers have been struggling on both sides of the ball early against the Minnesota Vikings as they trail 17-3 at halftime at Mall of America Field.

After a one-yard Christian Ponder touchdown pass in the first quarter, the 49ers responded with a 13-play, 54-yard drive at the beginning of the second that concluded with a 29-yard field goal from David Akers to get the Niners on the board. Alex Smith overthrew an open Randy Moss in the end zone on a second and eight from the Vikings' 18-yard line just two plays prior.

Ponder and the Minnesota offense continued their success in the second quarter, especially through the air. But on a first and 10 from the 49ers 23-yard line, Ponder capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive by scampering though the secondary for a rushing touchdown, pushing their lead to 14-3.


The 49ers completed some key third-down plays on their following drive, but pressure from the defensive line would force San Francisco to settle for a 43-yard field-goal attempt, which the Vikings blocked. Minnesota got its shot at a 52-yard field goal from Blair Walsh at the end of the half, which the rookie hit to make it a 17-3 Vikings lead.

Ponder finished the first half 15-of-23 for 143 yards with a passing and rushing TD, while Alex Smith is 13-of-19 for 90 yards.

For more on the 49ers, make sure to check out Niners Nation. For the Vikings side of things, head over to The Daily Norseman.

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