San Francisco 49ers: Five Things We Leaned from Their Loss Against the Vikings

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San Francisco 49ers: Five Things We Leaned from Their Loss Against the Vikings
Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE
Alex Smith was under duress for much of the game

The San Francisco 49ers opened the season with two of their toughest opponents, the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions. After dispatching with those two teams, the 49ers traveled to Minnesota to take on the Vikings.

Minnesota is in a rebuilding mode, but they do have some talent. Superstar running back Adrian Peterson leads the Vikings' offense, which also features wide receiver Percy Harvin and quarterback Christian Ponder. Going into this game, Ponder, now in his second NFL season, led the league with a 75.8 completion percentage.

On defense, the Vikings feature Jared Allen, who had 17 sacks last season. In 2011, Allen was a first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection, the fourth time he has received these honors.

However, even with these players, the Vikings do not have the overall talent of the 49ers. They were also picked to finish last in their division, the NFC North.

Many experts predicted this to be a "trap game" for the 49ers, meaning that they would have a letdown after facing the two very tough opponents. Let's take a look at five key things we learned or stamped deeper in our minds, after seeing this game.

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