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Vikings holding off hard-charging Niners

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With the Vikings up 14 at the break, the San Francisco 49ers came out and scored 10 unanswered points, sparked by a long kickoff return from Kyle Williams.

But the Vikings have settled down, going 86 yards in 12 plays and stretching the lead back to 11.

Quarterback Christian Ponder continues to play very well against the NFL’s best defense, capping the drive with what was described in the NBC viewing room as a two-yard “eephus” throw to tight end Kyle Rudolph, who adjusted to the ball in the air and then made a one-handed catch while being tightly defended.

Plenty of time remains in the return to the Metrodome by Randy Moss, who has three catches for 27 yards.

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11 Responses to “Vikings holding off hard-charging Niners”
  1. tb12eatitbitches says: Sep 23, 2012 4:05 PM

    who’s better than us? um, the Vikings

  2. canadianvikingfaniii says: Sep 23, 2012 4:06 PM

    Are you kidding me? 49ers and refs are cheating. 9ers had no timeouts and Harbaugh calls a challenge?? and gets a timeout back? and now he throws another challenge without another timeout, What is going on. This is disgusting

  3. bovice23 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:10 PM

    I just witnessed the officiating debacle of the decade. Could someone remind thee officials of how many timeouts each team gets and how instant replay work?

  4. bovice23 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:10 PM

    I just witnessed the officiating debacle of the decade. Could someone remind thee officials of how many timeouts each team gets and how instant replay work?

  5. tennis22drew says: Sep 23, 2012 4:12 PM

    Big 49er fan here. I was really impressed with the Minnesota linebackers. Several times I saw Gore or Hunter in what I thought was some space and a linebacker came out of nowhere to stop them. 9ers looked out of sync across the board and our much vaunted defense gave up 3 80 yard TD drives?! Never would have guessed. Good job Ponder and the Vikings. Hope this and the trip to Youngstown is a good wake up for SF

  6. mediasloppy says: Sep 23, 2012 4:14 PM

    Even though the Vikings won, the referee challenges needs to be cleared up!

  7. omen316 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:22 PM

    I *warned* you, but did you listen to me? Oh, no, you *knew*, didn’t you? Oh, it’s just a harmless little vikings, isn’t it?

  8. goldrush94 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:33 PM

    Any 49ers fan knows that this loss is reminiscent of the great 49ers teams of the 80’s and 90’s.. Beat the good teams and lose a couple you’re supposed to win. Not a problem! 9ers are still cream of the crop.

    And as far as officiating is concerned, the debacle at the end is proof that these refs are way in over their heads. But as Steve young said, nfl knows that fans will continue to watch and players will continue to play! So If the real refs want to keep their jobs, they need to give in and suit up, because the league has not only the upper hand, but the only hand.

  9. freshnsoclean says: Sep 23, 2012 4:33 PM

    I’ve never thought about cheating in front of my eyes but I’ve ever seen anything like this in my life. The 49ers got 5 timeoutes. They broke the rules twice in a row in front of the world. They had 0 timeouts twice and got 2 challenges. It was the craziest thing anyone has every seen in the history of sports. They tried so hard to give the game to the 49ers. This will be the game to change it all.

  10. lambeauandlombardi says: Sep 23, 2012 5:07 PM

    goldrush94 says:Sep 23, 2012 4:33 PM

    Any 49ers fan knows that this loss is reminiscent of the great 49ers teams of the 80′s and 90′s.. Beat the good teams and lose a couple you’re supposed to win. Not a problem! 9ers are still cream of the crop.

    ……………………………………………………………………..

    Quite a stretch comparing the 2012 49ers to the teams from the 80`s and 90`s. Those teams had Joe Montana and Steve Young. Saying that they are still the cream of the crop is as ignorant as it sounds. Today just proves that on any given Sunday………… Takes some of the luster off of that upset in Green Bay, doesn`t it? And to prove Denny Green correct, “Alex Smith is who we thought he was”. Will also do away with all of the talk of how the 49ers are built to win the old fashioned way in the modern NFL that depends on the passing game and top quarterbacks. When the 49ers are behind they are toast with Alex Smith at QB. Remember that the comeback they had last year in the playoffs was against the Saint defense.

  11. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Sep 23, 2012 5:24 PM

    What do you think of my defense now?

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