49ers vs. Vikings: Final Report Card, Game Grades for Minnesota

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49ers vs. Vikings: Final Report Card, Game Grades for Minnesota

On paper, the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings is a decidedly one-way contest, in favor of the 49ers. 

Last season San Francisco surprised plenty of people, finishing 13-3, while the Vikings disappointed with the opposite record of 3-13. 

It's a battle of former first-round quarterbacks in Alex Smith and Christian Ponder, and defenses that have prided themselves in stopping the run.

In the end, the Vikings outplayed the 49ers in the Metrodome. This time the wild end of the game was not a late touchdown pass, but three fumbles and an interception exchanging the possession four times before the Vikings could close out the win.   

The Vikings defeated the 49ers 24-13 and that's why these games are not played on paper. 

In the  end the Vikings find themselves 2-1 after three games—just where many people thought they would be. Just not with a victory over the 49ers. 

Here's a look at the Vikings' grades as the game progressed. 

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