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Alex Smith’s 249-throw streak without an interception ends with a thud

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A potential officiating debacle was avoided, thanks to 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.

Smith, who had a franchise-record streak of 249 throws without an interception, threw a pick after the 49ers gained possession of the ball on a questionable (to say the least) decision by the officials.

Vikings running back Toby Gerhart was tackled, the ball came out, the Niners recovered, and the ruling on the field was that Gerhart did not fumble.  San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh challenged the play, but he apparently didn’t have a time out to lose if the challenge failed.

Which means he shouldn’t have been able to challenge.

But challenge he did, and the ruling on the field was overturned, and the ball was given to the 49ers, and a time out went back on the clock.

It didn’t matter in the end, given the Smith interception.

Of course, Gerhart fumbled again — giving the Niners one more chance to turn things around.

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50 Responses to “Alex Smith’s 249-throw streak without an interception ends with a thud”
  1. joetoronto says: Sep 23, 2012 4:15 PM

    A funny thing happened on the way to the Super Bowl.

  2. contra74 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:16 PM

    Even with 5 timeouts granted the 9ers couldn’t stop ponder to harvin!

  3. lordfletcher says: Sep 23, 2012 4:17 PM

    SKOL!

  4. logicalthinkersays says: Sep 23, 2012 4:17 PM

    The fluke wave ends here SF. Welcome to reality. Tell attention seeker Smith to wear a hat with a big red L on it.

  5. skidooman93 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:19 PM

    Worst officiated game I have seen all year. Great win by the Vikes. What a debacle. These replacement refs don’t know the rules. SKOL

  6. vikingsgohard says: Sep 23, 2012 4:21 PM

    Wow I thought this game was a wrap for the 9ers ??… Oh I guess they did too since they didn’t show up to play

  7. thepvyharvin says: Sep 23, 2012 4:22 PM

    Thus victory is sweet, not once did I feel the 49ers would win today. Our online dominated their dline. Ponder is emerging as a true talent. Sorry 49er fans, you should never think you are unbeatable. We took you to the woodshed

  8. goldrush36 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:22 PM

    Vikes played a solid game. No excuses. If i were the lions i would bee extremely worried

  9. btwicey says: Sep 23, 2012 4:23 PM

    Vikes !!!!!

  10. daamgud says: Sep 23, 2012 4:23 PM

    The officials incorrectly allowed Harbaugh to challenge twice. The first one shouldn’t have happened since Harbaugh called his third timeout well before he threw the flag. Never mind that the whistle had blown well before Gerhart fumbled — they reverse it AND give the 49ers a fourth timeout. Then Harbuagh calls that timeout, and decides he wants to challenge again!! The refs let him but don’t reverse the ruling.

    This whole sequence needs to be front and center when examining the failures of the 2012 replacement officials.

  11. tigobitties says: Sep 23, 2012 4:25 PM

    Any given Sunday. Didn’t see this happening but very pleased to see how my vikes played.

  12. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Sep 23, 2012 4:27 PM

    It will STILL be known as an officiating debacle. Loved when Kenny Albert going to 2:00 warning said ” and the 49ers are out of time outs…I think” EPIC

  13. shaggytoodle says: Sep 23, 2012 4:27 PM

    Good for the Vikings, they still got a bit to go, but its a start.

    The 9ers could use a loss if you ask me, they win two games, and some people or atleast thier fans wanted to crown them all ready.

  14. joecancun says: Sep 23, 2012 4:27 PM

    Who should be more embarrassed? Gerhart or the officials?
    Brutal.

  15. oaktown49er says: Sep 23, 2012 4:29 PM

    Good win today for the Vikings. Glad it’s a long season. Should be a good wake up call for the Niners. Ponder looked good, watch out NFC North.

  16. braceyourselffor12 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:31 PM

    Niner fan here,

    No excuses your O-line dominated our D today. Hats off to you. Regardless, the officiating in this game was worse than the GB game, and our play calling was fit for an 0-16 Rams.

    In any competition there should lie one precept, never underestimate your opponent.

    The Niners failed to remember that and paid for it.
    Learn from it, use it just KCCO.

    Go Niners!

  17. joey49er says: Sep 23, 2012 4:31 PM

    vikes won no excuseses here.. they wanted this win and clearly the niners d laid did not come to play…

  18. getadealdonealready says: Sep 23, 2012 4:31 PM

    Another dominant game by moss right 9ers fans?

  19. 49erstim says: Sep 23, 2012 4:31 PM

    A humbling loss to be sure. Good W Vike fans your team earned it.

  20. stevedigre says: Sep 23, 2012 4:32 PM

    The 49rs were granted 2 reviews on 2 different plays without a timeout to give. And on the first play, the ball was blown dead as Gerhart momentum was blown dead.

  21. ndnut says: Sep 23, 2012 4:32 PM

    This was the same crew as last week’s Monday Nighter. They must be fired from their post in D3 or NAIA football as well as their NFL replacement status.

  22. herkulease says: Sep 23, 2012 4:34 PM

    The niners for some reason went away from their usual game plan of run to set up the pass.

    In the first half 21 pass attempts and only 8 rush attempts.

    in the end it was 35 pass attempts to 20 rush attempts.

    1st two games, it was more or less a balanced attack.

  23. joe2jerry says: Sep 23, 2012 4:38 PM

    To the classy Vike fans, congrats, your team played extremely well today. It was hard to watch as a Niner fan. Nothing but respect for those who are classy on here!

  24. ripster65 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:42 PM

    eh, for what it’s worth, not a bad game to lose. Not a divisional game, not against a team it will be fighting for a home field playoff advantage because there’s NO WAY the Vikings win this division and not really likey they’ll even finish 2nd. That being said, the Vikings did whoop the 49ers pretty good. Niners will definitely have to play better than they did today to expect another deep playoff run but so far under Harbaugh they almost always do.

  25. matthewcarlson1 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:48 PM

    The Vikes won in spite of their coaching staff and the refs.. play calling was horrible, Ponder’s decision making cancelled that out. How many coaches keep AD on the bench while Toby fumbles 3 plays in a row? Plus the 9ers got 5 timeouts. Oh well, good win! The NFC north might want to look out.

  26. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:49 PM

    The media loves the 9ers. Apparently the referees do too. 2 extra timeouts and Gerhart trying to lose and the 9ers still can’t do anything. Overrated.

  27. northernminnesota says: Sep 23, 2012 4:49 PM

    Long time reader first time poster. Had to create an account just to say that I’m impressed with the Niner fans posting here. Very gracious in defeat.

  28. vikesfansteve says: Sep 23, 2012 4:51 PM

    The Niners overlooked the Vikings and I am glad they did. The Vikings also benefited from 2 injuries. To a couple of Vikings Mistrial Raymond & Erin Henderson. Plus it was on turf which keeps SF off balance because their D needs the other teams O to be slower than them like on grass & the 49ers are a team built for the Vikings to be able to beat them with a QB who doesn’t really throw the deep ball which the Vikings can’t stop.

  29. thepvyharvin says: Sep 23, 2012 4:52 PM

    Some classy, stand up 49er fans posting here,,,not used to that. Like evolved life form compared to Cro-Magnon Packer fan,,,

  30. chestnutticus49 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:58 PM

    As a 9er fan I want today thanks Vikes. This was a wake up call, an it seemed so much like that cardinals game the 9er lost last year. Too much passing not enough running, and our defense couldn’t get off the field. Ponder looked great and the Vikings defense out physicaled our o-line. This is something the 9ers can learn from heading to New York next week.

  31. johnnytarr says: Sep 23, 2012 5:01 PM

    Of all the teams to end your streak it’s the team that hasn’t been able to do so much of that lately.

  32. northernminnesota says: Sep 23, 2012 5:06 PM

    The reffing fiasco at the end of the game could have been disastrous but our D stepped up huge. The officiating was terrible on both sides of the ball. Rudolph could have been called for offensive pass interference on the second TD catch and I’m not so sure that the flag should have been thrown on the hit on the deep crossing route by Rudolph. At full speed there wasn’t any way for the defender to get out of the way. Regardless, it all evens out and the Vikes come away with a huge upset win. Our season took of in 09 after a big home win on week three vs the 9ers. Not expecting that kind of run, but this should give our young team some confidence!

  33. stevenfbrackett says: Sep 23, 2012 5:07 PM

    I think like many, I was very impressed with the vast improvement Harbaugh made with the team was made the 49ers my underdog team of choice – but the more I get to see Harbaugh on the sidelines (which I didn’t see much of last year) the more I lose respect for him. Just because you can manipulate clueless officials into letting you break the rules doesn’t make you less of a cheater.

    Shame on him.

  34. jprey86 says: Sep 23, 2012 5:08 PM

    Very disappointed by the Niners performance today, looked like they wanted no part of the Vikings. Minnesota deserved this win and have a great future ahead of them with Ponder and Peterson.

  35. andylucksneck says: Sep 23, 2012 5:11 PM

    These refs are GOD AWFUL!!!!!

  36. bigbrad184 says: Sep 23, 2012 5:16 PM

    The worst loss in the Jim Harbaugh era by a wide margin. The Vikings out-played and out-hustled the Niners all day. They deserved the win and it was painful to watch. I’m embarrassed and ashamed to be a Niners fan today.

  37. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Sep 23, 2012 5:23 PM

    What do you think of Ponder now?

  38. ripster65 says: Sep 23, 2012 5:24 PM

    Niner fan here…if this is supposedly the weakest team in thier division, I can clearly see why it’s called the “Black and Blue” division. I could only follow the game via internet but I never once got the impression that the Vikings weren’t in total control.

  39. vikesfansteve says: Sep 23, 2012 5:25 PM

    Harbaugh bullied those terrified refs into 5 timeouts. Problem is that they replay booth official was also the replay official used last year & the idiot gave the 49ers the ball even though Gehart’s forward progress was stopped & the whistle was blown before he fumbled. That is the real mistake. Also Toby 3 fumbles in a row. Not good dude.

  40. ignath says: Sep 23, 2012 5:26 PM

    Time to get rid of the SCABS and bring back the locked-out refs that actually have a CLUE as to the rules and an ABILITY to make the correct calls in a timely manner.

    The last 3 minutes of this game was a perfect example of how these SCAB refs can potentially ruin a victory for a team.

    Also, shame on Harbaugh for talking these SCABS into letting him have an extra 2!!! Time outs!

    SKOL Vikings!

  41. banlarson says: Sep 23, 2012 5:44 PM

    Couple things I liked from a Vikings standpoint…Peterson made an 8 yard run in the 4th where he spun around twice and moved the pile that was spectacular. That showed me he is truly back and should only get better. 2nd was Ponders play. He is the king of dink and dunk, but his decision making is spot on and given the return of Simpson and some semblance of a deep threat, should make him that much more efficient. Oh, and I love the play of the MUCH improved secondary. Young guys stepping up…need that for NFC North teams coming up.

  42. 49ersgiants4life says: Sep 23, 2012 5:53 PM

    First off peterson is a beast just a freak of nature he is going to get his touches and make everyone count. Second the Vikings dominated the whole game. Third quit bagging on harbaugh the refs are awful everyone complains about it so why can’t a head coach and after the game he was nothing but class he said the Vikings beat them and that they are a very good team he didn’t make any excuses.

  43. goldrush36 says: Sep 23, 2012 5:54 PM

    I am finally on board with getting rid of these refs. Before hand I still didn’t think they were any worse than the originals. Yes the fumbles absolutely did happen, but they shouldn’t have been reviewed. They made and didn’t make some questionable calls both ways too. They had no actual effect on the game though as the niners played lazy and Vikes played to win. Aside from TG they played mistake free ball. I’m pretty sure they blew a fumble as inc to allow DET to get into overtime today too. Didn’t see it in live action so I may be wrong but these guys have had some real debacles that have sent some games to the wire that shouldn’t have

  44. goldrush36 says: Sep 23, 2012 5:57 PM

    bigbrad184 says: Sep 23, 2012 5:16 PM

    The worst loss in the Jim Harbaugh era by a wide margin. The Vikings out-played and out-hustled the Niners all day. They deserved the win and it was painful to watch. I’m embarrassed and ashamed to be a Niners fan today.

    _________________________________________

    smh I’m not… They lost several close games last year and are pretty underrated. The only thing I’m ashamed of is the D seemed to think today would be a walk in the park

  45. thejuddstir says: Sep 23, 2012 5:59 PM

    Can’t wait to hear how the NFL spins the officiating in this game. I understand even the fulltime refs miss some calls but you rarely if ever see them misinterpret the rules. I hope Harbaugh gets fined for intimidating the officials into giving him endless timeouts and challenges.

  46. goldrush36 says: Sep 23, 2012 6:01 PM

    northernminnesota says: Sep 23, 2012 5:06 PM

    The reffing fiasco at the end of the game could have been disastrous but our D stepped up huge. The officiating was terrible on both sides of the ball. Rudolph could have been called for offensive pass interference on the second TD catch and I’m not so sure that the flag should have been thrown on the hit on the deep crossing route by Rudolph. At full speed there wasn’t any way for the defender to get out of the way. Regardless, it all evens out and the Vikes come away with a huge upset win. Our season took of in 09 after a big home win on week three vs the 9ers. Not expecting that kind of run, but this should give our young team some confidence!

    ____________________________________________

    Fully agree and hats off to you calling it how it is. Certain other team in your division could take some serious pointers. Not saying any names but they are a form of cat. Great game plan by the Vikes and executed well

  47. banky74 says: Sep 23, 2012 7:28 PM

    “The worst loss in the Jim Harbaugh era by a wide margin. The Vikings out-played and out-hustled the Niners all day. They deserved the win and it was painful to watch. I’m embarrassed and ashamed to be a Niners fan today.”

    I wouldn’t lose faith in your team, bigbrad184. Vikes were better than their record indicated last year and they’ve had good drafts the past two years that are starting to really produce on the field. Niners lost to a good team on the road. No reason to be cancelling your flight to New Orleans. Niners are still an elite team.

  48. contra74 says: Sep 23, 2012 7:36 PM

    thepvyharvin says:Sep 23, 2012 4:52 PM

    Some classy, stand up 49er fans posting here,,,not used to that. Like evolved life form compared to Cro-Magnon Packer fan,,,
    —-
    couldnt agree with you more. Win or lose, I wish we encountered classy fanbases like the 49ers fanbase.

  49. what da says: Sep 23, 2012 10:11 PM

    Another agreement on the classy niners fans here. Packers fans take a note. -

  50. vikingforever says: Sep 24, 2012 1:05 AM

    what da says: Sep 23, 2012 10:11 PM

    Another agreement on the classy niners fans here. Packers fans take a note. -

    Also agree ……… it’s very refreshing when your used to all the thrash and BS that comes from the other NFC North teams.

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