The San Francisco 49ers were unable to keep their winning ways going against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The Vikings won the game 24-13 at home with an inspired performance from Christian Ponder and their defense.
Ponder completed 21-of-35 passes for 198 yards and two key touchdowns, both of which were caught by second-year tight end Kyle Rudolph. He also pitched in 33 yards and one touchdown on the ground. He confounded the 49ers all game long.
Adrian Peterson was busy rushing the ball 25 times for 86 yards. His average was only 3.4 yards per carry, but it was enough to keep the 49ers' defense off-balance for Ponder and his receivers.
Percy Harvin had a big game, catching nine passes for 89 yards.
The 49ers never got their running game going, rushing the ball just 20 times and throwing the ball 35 times. Frank Gore had a costly fumble in the third quarter that cost his team a chance to cut into the Vikings' lead.
Alex Smith finally threw an interception in the fourth quarter after 249 pass attempts without one (h/t ProFootballTalk.com). For the game, he completed 24-of-35 passes for 202 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The 49ers dropped to 2-1, while the Vikings improved to 2-1. The 49ers will face the New York Jets in Week 4 at MetLife Stadium, while the Vikings will travel to Detroit to face the Lions.
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