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49ers vs. Vikings: Final Report Cards, Game Grades for 49ers
Ready. Aim. Argue.

The 49ers got upset, to put it mildly, 24-13 at Minnesota, playing poorly on defense for the first three quarters and on offense in the fourth, with three turnovers, which ruined their chances of a comeback.

The defense allowed two 80-plus yard touchdown drives to the Vikings in the first half, with the first culminating in a fourth-down touchdown pass from Vikings QB Christian Ponder to TE Kyle Rudolph and the second finishing with a 23-yard Ponder scramble up the middle for a score.

Down 17-3 at half the 49ers mounted a comeback, spurred by Kyle Williams 94-yard kickoff return to open the third quarter to set up a field goal and Alex Smith going 6-of-6 for 86 yards and a touchdown pass to Vernon Davis on their next drive to pull to within 17-13.

However, that was as close as they got. The Vikings marched 86 yards on their next drive, helped by several penalties by the 49ers' defense, and Rudolph scored his second touchdown of the game to seal it.

The two teams combined for five turnovers in a sloppy fourth quarter, but it didn't affect the final score.  

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