Mihir Bhagat here, NFL and San Francisco 49ers Featured Columnist for the Bleacher Report. I will be blogging live for the entire Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers game, particularly focusing on Brett Favre's return for his 20th NFL season after 'retiring' just a couple weeks ago.
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San Francisco 49ers beat the Minnesota Vikings 15-10.
11:34 P.M. EDT: Alright, that's all for now. This was a very beneficial experience, and I'd like to thank the Bleacher Report for giving me this opportunity.
11:27 P.M. EDT: It was obvious, though, that they would be in serious trouble without Favre. Travaris Jackson is a solid QB, but he would immediately take them out of contention for the division title, let alone a Super Bowl.
11:26 P.M. EDT: As for Brett Favre, it was a bit dissapointing to see him only play four plays. However, with the injury and that nasty blow he took from Patrick Willis, I understood why the Vikings' made the decision.
11:24 P.M. EDT: Anthony Dixon struggled today as he carried the ball 20 times for only 51 yards. He did score a touchdown, though. In an interview, he said that he was 'trying to make the big play' and learned that he needed to take what the defense gave him.
11:22 P.M. EDT: Nate Davis started and ended poorly, but was very good in between. He threw for 114 yards and posted a 68.2 passer rating.
11:21 P.M. EDT: Something that really stood out to me was the fact the the 49ers committed nine penalties for 92 yards. That definitely will not sit good with Head Coach Mike Singletary.
11:19 P.M. EDT: Not the most exciting game ever (total of 16 punts), but definately a lot of things to digest. The 49ers excelled in the passing game, totaling 191 yards in the air as opposed to the Vikings' 79. On the ground, the Vikings were very strong with a 5.6 YPC average compared to the 49ers 2.6
Derek Walker sacks Joe Web for a SAFETY. 49ers win 15-10.
11:03 P.M. EDT: The 49ers got their revenge. Instead of allowing a last-second touchdown, they sack Joe Webb for a safety to end the game.
11:02 P.M. EDT: Lee punts for 37 yards and Reynaud calls a fair catch.
11:00 P.M. EDT: The Vikings use their final timeout, and they will get the ball back a final time. There won't be any Favre heroics this time though.
10:58 P.M. EDT: In an interview, Alex Smith showed his maturity by discussing his understanding of what is expected from him.
10:57 P.M. EDT: Rhys Lloyd set for an onside kick and Jason Hill recovers.
Joe Webb scores a TOUCHDOWN on a 48-yard scramble. Kick is GOOD. 49ers lead 13-10 with 1:54 remaining in the 4th quarter.
10:54 P.M. EDT: I admire the fact that the Vikings are still trying to win this game.
10:53 P.M. EDT: Lee punts 40 yards and Reynaud returns it for 6 yards to 50 yard line.
10:52 P.M. EDT: The Vikings force a three-and-out and use two timeouts in order to save time for a comeback. There is 2:42 remaining in the 4th quarter.
10:49 P.M. EDT: 7th round pick Phillip Adams breaks up a pass, forcing a turnover on downs. He's done a nice job tonight.
10:48 P.M. EDT: Despite only ten 49ers on defense, Webb can't connect on a pass to the endzone.
10:46 P.M. EDT: Ian Johnson comes into the game and makes a couple of solid plays. He was a star running back during his days at Boise State.
10:44 P.M. EDT: Rookie safety Taylor Mays lays out a monstrous hit on a receiver.
10:42 P.M. EDT: Westbrook has a brief interview on the sidelines in which he said that he would have liked to join McNabb in Washington but is happy about his situation in San Francisco.
10:40 P.M. EDT: Lee punts 53 yards and Reynaud returns it 13 yards to the Vikings 34.
10:39 P.M. EDT: Davis throws another bomb deep right, but Jason Hill can't hold onto it.
10:38 P.M. EDT: Decent 6 yard run by Robinson.
10:37 P.M. EDT: Kluwe punts it 52 yards and Guilloroy returns it 4 yards to the 49ers 20.
10:36 P.M. EDT: Diyral Briggs comes strong off the edge and sacks Webb for a 8 yard loss.
10:33 P.M. EDT: Lee punts it 46 yards and Reynaud returns it 3 yards to the Vikings 37.
10:31 P.M. EDT: Singletary tells Nate Davis that he should have beenpersistent in pursuit on his attempt to stop Cook's fumble return.
10:30 P.M. EDT: Michael Robinson shut down immediately on a rush for no gain.
10:28 P.M. EDT: Kluwe punts 49 yards into the endzone for a touchback. Note, that is his 7th punt of the day.
10:26 P.M. EDT: After a poor outing, Rosenfels is pulled out. Joe Webb enters the game, but goes three-and-out himself. The Vikings offense has been very stagnant lately; they need a drive.
10:24 P.M. EDT: Andrus set to kickoff and Young returns it for 24 yards to the 49ers 30.
Joe Nedney 31-yard field goal GOOD. 49ers lead 13-3 with 14:00 remaining in the 4th.
10:20 P.M. EDT: The call on the field is overturned. Unfortunately for the Vikings, their decision to decline the penalty stands.
10:18 P.M. EDT: Head Coach Mike Singletary immediately throws the challenge flag. A wise move, in my opinion, because a fumble could mess with Dixon mentally.
10:16 P.M EDT: Dixon fumbles the ball and Vikings' cornerback Chris Cook returns it for a touchdown. Pentalty (Mike Iupati-Holding) on the play declined.
10:15 P.M. EDT: Davis will stay in at the start of the 4th quarter. As I referenced earlier, he's played very well today.
10:13 P.M. EDT: A Dixon 3-yard run ends the 3rd quarter.
10:11 P.M. EDT: Dungy says that the teams who can stay focused and avoid distractions will be successful as opposed to those that are simply trying to acquire the most talent. Moreover, he said observing from the sideline allows you earn a different perspective.
10:10 P.M. EDT: Nate Byham is hurt, but it doesn't appear to be too serious.
10:09 P.M. EDT: After a rough start, Davis is playing very well. He's doing a great job understanding the defense and currently has a passer rating of 94.1
10:08 P.M. EDT: Timeout #2 called by 49ers
10:05 P.M. EDT: Tony Dungy brought in the booth and says that he wouldn't have allowed any of his players to leave practice in favor of a trip to bring Favre back. On a side note, he firmly believes that Ryan's use of profanity is unacceptable.
10:03 P.M. EDT: Davis throws a quick strike for an 18-yard gain down the middle of the field to tight end Nate Byham. Byham was drafted to be a blocking tight end, but has done an excellent job in the receiving game as well.
10:02 P.M. EDT: Kluwe punts 42 yards and Guilloroy returns for no gain. A penalty (49ers-Offensive Holding) brings it back 10 yards to the 49ers 16.
9:59 P.M. EDT: Rosenfels is looking absolutely horrendous out there, as he 'leads' them to another three-and out. So far, he's 2 for 7 and has posted a 39.6 passer rating.
9:58 P.M. EDT: Andrus to kickoff and Young returns it for 17 yards to Vikings 25.
Joe Nedney 28-yard field goal GOOD. 49ers lead 10-3 with 6:25 remaining in the 3rd.
9:56 P.M. EDT: Davis throws two straight incomplete passes into the endzone.
9:55 P.M. EDT: Anthony Dixon shows solid pass protection, picking up the blitz.
9:51 P.M. EDT: 49ers call a timeout to clear the situation up.
9:50 P.M. EDT: The 49ers are in the red zone for the second time today. Critical moment for Davis, who is competing with David Carr for the No. 2 QB spot on the depth chart behind Smith.
9:48 P.M. EDT: Nate Davis shows off his powerful arm and throws an incredible 65-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr. from the endzone, which gains them 60 yards. Ginn compensates for his earlier mishaps.
9:46 P.M. EDT: Kluwe punts 39 yards and Guilloroy calls a fair catch at the 3-yard line.
9:45 P.M. EDT: Favre says he would have liked to play more today. Also praised the 49er team for being a physical squad. When asked about their regular season opener against the Saints on Sept. 9th, he said that there are no 'ill-wills'
9:44 P.M. EDT: The 49ers are implementing a 4-3 defensive scheme as opposed to their usual 3-4. It has been very effective today.
9:42 P.M. EDT: Lee punts and Reynaud returns for nine yards to Vikings 39-yard line. 15-yard penalty enforced between downs (49ers Ziegler-Unsportsmanlike Conduct)
9:41 P.M. EDT: His second was right through the hands of Ginn, who has showed that he can't make those tough catches.
9:39 P.M. EDT: Nate Davis enters the game. His first pass is incomplete.
9:37 P.M. EDT: Kluwe punts 37 yards and Guilloroy returns it 5 yards to the 49ers 42.
9:35 P.M. EDT: Sage Rosenfels enters the game and throws two incompletions. A quick three-and-out forces a punt.
9:34 P.M. EDT: Shane Andrus kicksoff and Albert Young returns it for 35 yards. A holding penalty brings it back 10 yards to the Vikings 27 yard line.
9:24 P.M. EDT Still a close ball game, with the 49ers leading 7-3. Both teams are virtually tied in most major statistical categories. The one significant advantage the Vikings have is their 57 rushing yards compared to the 49ers' 17.
9:21 P.M. EDT: The half will end with a Dixon rush up the middle.
9:19 P.M. EDT: Chris Kluwe punts into the 49ers endzone for a touchback.
9:18 P.M. EDT: The 49ers use another timeout in order to get another possession with 23 seconds left.
9:17 P.M. EDT: LaBoy plows through the blockers and registers a sack on Jackson for a 9-yard loss.
9:16 P.M. EDT: The fans have spoken (52-48) as they say the Vikings will beat the 49ers.
2-Minute Warning with the Vikings facing a 3rd and 9 on their 32 yard line.
9:11 P.M. EDT: The 49ers are generating an effective pass rush. However, Jackson has done an excellent job getting the ball out of his hands quickly. He is yet to allow a sack.
9:09 P.M. EDT: Jackson can't find anyone downfield and, again, takes off. This time, for a 4-yard gain and 1st down.
9:07 P.M. EDT: Lee punts and Allen returns for 2 yards to Vikings 21.
9:06 P.M. EDT: Smith still in the game and sails the ball over Ted Ginn Jr.'s head on a post route.
9:03 P.M. EDT: Kluwe punts and Guillory bobbles the ball until being tackled at the 49ers 29-yard line.
9:02 P.M. EDT: Linebacker Matt Wilhelm nearly intercepts Jackson's pass in the flats.
9:01 P.M. EDT: Toby Gerhart enters the game, so Adrian Peterson is done for the day. He finished with 6 rushes for 17 yards.
8:56 P.M. EDT: Andy Lee punts and downed by Diyral Briggs at the Vikings 8-yard line.
8:55 P.M. EDT: Smith faces great pressure, and does a nice job throwing it out of bounds. It appears as if he may be done for the night, as the midway of the 2nd quarter approaches.
8:53 P.M. EDT: With confusion on the field, the 49ers burn a timeout.
8:51 P.M. EDT: Anthony Davis' technique is looking flawed in this game. Still, Smith hits Delanie Walker for an 11-yard gain. Smith is 8 for 9 so far. He's clearly rebounded from last week's disappointing performance, which is a great sign for the team moving forward.
8:49 P.M. EDT: Smith faces yet another 3rd down, and converts it with a nice pass down the left sideline to Dominique Ziegler. This is great experience for him.
8:45 P.M. EDT: Longwell to kickoff and Guillory to return for 31 yards to 49ers 36. He's done a very nice job so far.
Longwell 40-yard field goal GOOD. 49ers lead 7-3 with 11:08 remaining in the 2nd.
8:42 P.M. EDT: Jackson shows great upper body strength, throwing the ball to Peterson for an 8-yard gain despite getting hit by Travis LaBoy.
8:40 P.M. EDT: Travaris Jackson shows great pocket presence by escaping the pressure and scrambling for a 14-yard gain and a 1st down.
8:38 P.M. EDT: The second quarter starts with a short 2-yard rush by Peterson.
8:36 P.M. EDT: A 4-yard grab by Logan Payne converts the first down, and brings us to the end of the 1st quarter.
8:36 P.M. EDT: Patrick Willis displays tremendous athleticism, chasing down Peterson. Analyst Chris Collinsworth said he will be a future Hall of Famer.
8:34 P.M. EDT: Adrian Peterson an impressive 13-yard run, evading multiple defenders. He did a nice job securing the ball, which is his only true weakness.
8:33 P.M. EDT: Favre is done for the night after just four plays. Apparently Head Coach Brad Childress has seen enough to evaluate the ankle. Travaris Jackson to enter the game.
8:31 P.M. EDT: Andy Lee punts 53 yards and Asher Allen returns it for no gain to the Vikings 28.
8:30 P.M. EDT: 49ers face a tough 3rd and 15. Dixon rushes up the middle for nine yards, bringing up 4th down.
8:29 P.M. EDT: 1st round draft choice Anthony Dixon commits a false start penalty, resulting in a 2nd and 13.
8:26 P.M. EDT: Vikings Chris Kluwe punts and Guillory returns it for 12 yards to 49ers 15. Penalty (Vikings-12 men on the field) declined.
8:24 P.M. EDT: 49ers defense runs a 'no-huddle' and it works to perfection as Patrick Willis sacks Favre hard for a loss of 13 yards.
8:24 P.M. EDT: His first snap is a 13-yard pass to Adrian Peterson. His left ankle looks fine. Note, he had surgery on it earlier this offseason which is a primary reason he contemplated retirement.
8:23 P.M. EDT: Brett Favre prepared to take the field. Receives boos from the crowd.
8:22 P.M. EDT: Shane Andrus to kickoff and Darius Reynaud returns for 25 yards.
Anthony Dixon scores a TOUCHDOWN on a 5-yard run. Kick by Joe Nedney GOOD. Niners lead 7-0 with 8:03 remaining in the 1st.
8:18 P.M. EDT: Rookie Anthony Dixon displays great burst off the edge and gets into the endzone
8:17 P.M. EDT: Alex Smith hits tight end Delanie Walker for the second time on this drive
8:15 P.M. EDT: Smith sails the ball out of bounds, forcing a 3rd and 11
8:12 P.M. EDT: Alex Smith has started off nicely, completing his first four pass attempts for a total of 48 yards. Solid job by the offensive line, picking up the blitz.
8:11 P.M. EDT: E.J. Henderson makes a pair of nice tackles. Due to injury concerns, many believed he may not be ready for the start of the season. Great news for the Vikings.
8:09 P.M. EDT: First play is an Anthony Dixon rush up the middle for 1 yard.
8:08 P.M. EDT: Ryan Longwell to kickoff and Bobby Guillory returns it for 27 yards to 49er 30 yard line.
8:07 P.M. EDT: My final prediction for the game...Vikings 24 - 49ers 20 (Sorry, 49ers Faithful--they can't win 'em all).
8:06 P.M. EDT: In an interview with Brett Favre, he stated that when Jared Allen visited Favre to recruit him last MOnday he said "Brett I hear you. I can't disagree with you one bit. But as teammates and friends, can you do us a favor."
7:59 P.M. EDT: Weather is near perfect in San Francisco, which should make for a very clean game.
7:55 P.M. EDT: Here are some notes from the 49ers' sideline...offensive starters such as tight end Vernon Davis and wide receiver Michael Crabtree are out. Also, Frank Gore and Patrick Willis will play in very limited action.
7:50 P.M. EDT: Are you ready for some football? Kickoff is only ten minutes away.
7:45 P.M. EDT: In case you haven't heard yet, Brett Favre has officially announced his return to the Minnesota Vikings for a 20th NFL season. I don't know who's more excited: the Vikings because he makes them a legitimate Super Bowl contender or the rest of America because 'Favre Watch' is finally over...for now.
7:40 P.M. EDT: I'm definitely excited about this game because it's a rematch of last year's thrilling Week 3 matchup when Favre threw a last-second game-winning miracle touchdown pass to Greg Lewis. Considering a 49ers win would have ultimately propelled them into the playoffs, I'm certain they're out to seek revenge tonight.
7:35 P.M. EDT: Just to give you a heads up, I'll be discussing various issues including reports on Percy Harvin's migraines, Brian Westbrook's arrival in San Francisco, and much more.
7:30 P.M. EDT: Kickoff is set for 8:00 PM ET (approx. 30 minutes from now). I'm going to be blogging live, providing my commentary and analysis for the entire game. So, stay tuned.