Found September 21, 2012 on
San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers have torn through the top two teams in the NFC North from last season in the first two weeks of the season, and in Week 3 they face the Minnesota Vikings. Will San Francisco continue their domination of the NFC North, or will the Vikings stage an epic upset? Let’s take a look at three bold predictions for this Sunday’s game.Christian Ponder has his statement game against the 49ersChristian Ponder was thrown into the fire as a rookie quarterback after the Donovan McNabb experiment failed.Ponder had the deck stacked against him with a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, no offseason program and an offensive line that was downright offensive.This year Ponder has made strides with a 75.8 completion percentage (best in the NFL) and no interceptions through his first two games, but inconsistency in the red zone and two costly fumbles have limited the Vikings' offense.The Vikings' coaching staff has kept the game plan fairly simple in the first two...
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Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder failed to complete 70 percent of his passes for the first time this season but he turned in his best fantasy line, throwing for a pair of touchdowns and rushing for a score.Fantasy Spin:Ponder has a 4-to-0 touchdown to interception ratio this season. He threw for 198 yards and rushed for 33 Sunday in an upset win over San Francisco. Ponder has...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Christian Ponder said he never felt as if Sunday's game was out of reach, even after the Minnesota Vikings had allowed the Jacksonville Jaguars to take a 23-20 lead with 27 seconds left.
Ponder, Minnesota's second-year quarterback, knew he was going to get the ball back with one more chance, even if a season-opening win looked unlikely. A year ago, the...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Quarterback Christian Ponder and the Minnesota Vikings' receivers have taken the brunt of the criticism for the team's lack of downfield passing over the first two weeks.Ponder has completed two passes that traveled more than 20 yards in the air during the first two games, both in the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last week, Minnesota...
The Vikings got good efforts from all three phases of their team, but Christian Ponder led an impressive first half as the Vikings built a 17-3 lead.
Christian Ponder comes through in a huge way as Vikings upset
Christian Ponder didn't flinch, even against that swarming San Francisco defense. Minnesota's quarterback has come a long way from his rough rookie season.
Ponder threw two touchdown passes to tight end Kyle Rudolph and ran for another score to help the Vikings hand the 49ers their first defeat, 24-13 on Sunday.
After a dominant start to their NFC North tour by decisively...
The San Francisco 49ers have become one of the NFL's most feared and revered teams under coach Jim Harbaugh, using a punishing, disciplined defense and a mistake-free, balanced offense to brand themselves as arguably this season's Super Bowl favorite.
Wherever these 49ers finish, this game at Minnesota against the Vikings won't make the highlight video.
MINNEAPOLIS -- It was nothing less than stunning, given that the San Francisco 49ers already were being considered NFL royalty and the Minnesota Vikings court jesters. But here it is: The San Francisco defense, so stout, was attacked, successfully, from the opening whistle. The Vikings defense, for two years an Achilles heel, stood tall, making stops, taking away the ball. And...