San Francisco 49ers
The Minnesota Vikings improved to 2-1 with a 24-13 upset of the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at Mall of America Field. Second-year quarterback Christian Ponder was nearly perfect as he led the Vikings on four scoring drives.
Replacement referee Ken Roan says he mistakenly awarded San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh two challenges after the coach had called his last timeout on Sunday against the Vikings.
Christian Ponder didn’t flinch, even against that swarming San Francisco defense. Minnesota’s quarterback has come a long way from his rough rookie season.
The Minnesota Vikings are in the early stage of their plan to return to perennial playoff contention with a team supporting a power running game with smart, productive passes and backs that up with a stingy, turnover-forcing defense.
The Minnesota Vikings opened the season with two games against rebuilding teams. The San Francisco 49ers will pose a much stiffer test on Sunday than those teams. Many experts consider the undefeated 49ers as the league’s best team.
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Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers picked up right where they left off last season in their preseason opener. Smith tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Brett Swain on the opening possession, backup Colin Kaepernick ran 78 yards for a score on the next and the 49ers breezed past the Minnesota Vikings 17-6 Friday night.