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Vikings shocking San Fran at the half

Vikings' Ponder sprints 23 yards past Peterson and 49ers' Bowman for a touchdown during the first half of their NFL football game in Minneapolis Reuters

Back in 1985, the 49ers were the defending Super Bowl champs.  And they rolled into the Metrodome in September to face a Vikings team that had gone 3-13 years below.  And the Vikings won.

Nearly 30 years later, it could be happening again — with the only difference being that the 49ers made it only to the NFC title game last year.

Possibly buoyed by the presence of former 49ers head coach Mike Singletary on the defensive coaching staff, the Vikings are suffocating San Fran at the half, 17-3.

For the Vikings, Christian Ponder has completed 15 of 23 for 143 yards and a touchdown.  He also has run for a score.

Ponder also is the leading rusher, with 34 yards on three attempts.  Adrian Peterson has 29 yards on 14 carries.

The Niners have had the ball three times, with one made field goal and one blocked field goal.  After the miss, the Vikings got the ball back with 52 seconds — parlaying it into a 52-yard field goal from rookie kicker Blair Walsh.  It’s his third 50-plus make in three weeks.

 

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27 Responses to “Vikings shocking San Fran at the half”
  1. bovice23 says: Sep 23, 2012 2:37 PM

    I am stunned. I don’t think anyone saw this coming. Still a half to play but an awesome 1st half for the Vikings.

  2. logicalthinkersays says: Sep 23, 2012 2:37 PM

    Bbbbbbut the 49ers eat teams for breakfast and have an unstoppable defense. Hahahaha!

  3. tjacks7 says: Sep 23, 2012 2:39 PM

    If the Vikings get a little more consistent, and Simpson provides the deep threat he should. You could be seeing this team come playoff time.

  4. thepvyharvin says: Sep 23, 2012 2:39 PM

    Been predicting victory all week, not shocking at all,these Vikings pros too, you know !

  5. fertacrit says: Sep 23, 2012 2:41 PM

    Where are all you Ponder haters now?? He has played very well in all 3 games thus far. Still a half left but Ponder is a GOOD young QB. Squash the Webb and Barkley B.S. Ponder is our future, and our future is bright. Deal with it.

  6. rpiotr01 says: Sep 23, 2012 2:41 PM

    I’m a Packer fan, but skol Vikings for this one.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 23, 2012 2:47 PM

    No shock here. About time reality set in.

  8. jhein23 says: Sep 23, 2012 2:48 PM

    Christian Ponder > Alex Smith. But knew this before this game. Please, please stop with the Alex Smith is elite comments. He’s a Brad Johnson, Kyle Orton QB – surround him with a good team and he doesn’t make mistakes. That’s all he is.

  9. fertacrit says: Sep 23, 2012 2:50 PM

    I was sying all off season that Ponder never had a chance last year due to the lack of off season. And people just neede to have some patience. He was just ok last year. Now that he has had a real offseason, he is improving every week and making great decisions. Not saying he is Montana by any means, but he was a west coast QB that was not know for arm strength. Get CP a HOF WR, like Montana had with Rice and lets roll. SKOL!

  10. souldogdave says: Sep 23, 2012 2:54 PM

    I don’t follow the Vikings, and if you just read the national press it seems untrue. Whoever that almost-rookie QB is, he’s sharp-eyed and quick-minded. And such panache! The smile on his face after he kept making plays was that of a champion. He has a new fan here.

  11. canadianvikingfaniii says: Sep 23, 2012 2:55 PM

    Good first half, Ponder and Harrison Smith continue to impress. But I’m not holding my breath, they usually find a way to screw it up.

  12. ynot1381 says: Sep 23, 2012 3:17 PM

    I try to tell myself Any Given Sunday, but games like this still shock me.

    Probably as shocking as KC beating Green Bay last year ( if the Vikings pull it off).

  13. contra74 says: Sep 23, 2012 3:19 PM

    The best thing about this game is that Ponder shows that he keeps improving every single week! I’m excited about him as the Vikes QB for years to come!!!

  14. jcf78 says: Sep 23, 2012 3:23 PM

    Niners took them for granted

  15. thepvyharvin says: Sep 23, 2012 3:27 PM

    Say what you want, Ponder in year 2 is looking like a winning draft pick,,loving this guy and his cool head more every week,,

  16. lionsdraftguy says: Sep 23, 2012 3:29 PM

    I guess the Niners being so full of themselves beating the Lions last week must have forgot they have another matchup next week.

  17. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Sep 23, 2012 3:49 PM

    Hint to the packers: this is what happens when you don’t “beat yourselves.”

  18. LoCoSu@%s says: Sep 23, 2012 3:55 PM

    Yep – SF got schooled today. In a sense this is good, if it shakes them out of their complacency.

  19. khmer379 says: Sep 23, 2012 3:59 PM

    Where are all the niners fan now! Lol

  20. facebookuser111 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:02 PM

    Well now the refs are trying to give it back. All sorts of wrong going on.

  21. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:02 PM

    Didn’t take them for granted, they’re just not ALL WORLD like people claim. The Champs are still the team to beat.

  22. facebookuser111 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:06 PM

    Niners up to five timouts now.

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

    Ponder is lightyears ahead of Blaine Gabbert.

    The kid keeps getting better.

    Frisco will win nothing with Alex Smith at QB.

  24. facebookuser111 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:11 PM

    Ok well Toby Gerhart and the refs trying to give it back..

  25. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Sep 23, 2012 4:25 PM

    SKOL! Maybe the Vikes will be higher than 28 on power ranking next week!

  26. vikingsgohard says: Sep 23, 2012 4:25 PM

    Love the extra times outs ?.. Lol my app shows all 3 number 3 time outs an the times taken … Why they kept giving Gerhart the ball was beyond me 3 fumbles in a min is crazy … We did it tho it’s a W

  27. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:32 PM

    Champs still the team to beat.

    Good win, Minnesota.

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