Found September 24, 2012 on
San Francisco 49ers
While Randy Moss was short-arming throws his way over the middle and shying away from contact, Christian Ponder was throwing darts and fearlessly sprinting through the teeth of San Francisco's ferocious defense.
In one afternoon, Minnesota Vikings fans may have finally started moving on from the electric receiver that once revived the franchise in favor of a charismatic young quarterback who is trying to do the same nearly 15 years later.
Ponder threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another score to lead the Vikings to a convincing 24-13 victory over Moss and the previously-undefeated 49ers on Sunday.
''The more plays I get, the more film I watch, it slows down and I just feel so much more comfortable in what I'm doing,'' said Ponder, who completed 21 of 35 passes and still hasn't thrown an interception this season. ''And it helps when the players around you are playing so well.''
Kyle Rudolph caught both TD passes, Percy...
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Randy Moss wasn’t interested in answering questions about his lack of playing time after the 49ers’ 24-13 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday.
When asked about his lack of playing time after the game, Moss answered “next question.” He only fielded three questions from reporters.
The “next question” response was a continuation of what Moss did during the week...
MINNEAPOLIS The number of Randy Moss jerseys in the stands at Mall of America Field prior to Sunday's game between the Vikings and 49ers was an indication that Minnesota fans were excited for the return of one of the Vikings' all-time great wide receivers. Sure, there were some red No. 84 jerseys in the crowd, but there were plenty of the purple variety as well -- and even...
Christian Ponder, who helped lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 24-13 victory over the San Francisco 49ers yesterday, has finally started to get recognition for his strong play. Ponder was 21-35 for 198 yards with two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown, but maybe more importantly, held a 90 QBR for the game, the highest in his career.
While this game, by passer rating standards...
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. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder says he hasn't been keeping up with what's going on with the NFC North yet this season, but he's well aware of the recent past.
Heading into this week's first divisional game at Detroit, Minnesota has lost 11 straight games within the NFC North, including going 0-6 in 2011. The last game the Vikings...
Christian Ponder comes through in a huge way as Vikings upset
Christian Ponder and Kyle Rudolph became fast friends after being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings a year ago. The relationship is starting to pay dividends on the field.
Three of Ponder's four touchdown passes this season have gone to the big tight end, including two in a surprising victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
On one of them, Ponder never saw a wide open...
It was another wild and crazy week in the NFC North this week, and even with the Packers playing on Monday night there is plenty to talk about from the Sunday games. Let's take a look at the top five story lines from Sunday afternoon!The Minnesota Vikings rise to the top and knock off the San Francisco 49ersThe San Francisco 49ers are widely regarded as one of the elite teams...
The parody of the NFL presides more this year than ever before. A record number of teams split their first two games of the season.Week three was no different, providing enough gasps, gulps and shock for everyone. In Minnesota, the Vikings joined the party by assigning the newly named Best Team in the NFL a dose of debacle.The San Francisco 49ers game-planned to pressure Christian...
Which way does the thumb turn for the 49ers after their 24-13 loss at Minnesota, including an inauspicious return for Randy Moss, a fourth quarter to forget, NaVorro Bowman’s career high, turnover-free streaks ending, diminishing a dominant start, Vernon Davis in the red zone, disappearing explosiveness, Kyle Williams’ long returns, starting defenders limping off and much more? Check inside.
Minnesota Vikings 24, San Francisco 49ers 13In what was the most shocking upset of the day, Christian Ponder (231 total yards, 3 TDs) led the Vikings to an improbable victory over the 49ers, who most viewed as the top team at least in the NFC, if not the whole NFL. This wasn’t some “barely win” either, this was a domination for most of the game.Alex Smith (230 total yards...
A Million Monkeys, A Million Typewriters: That is pretty much the only way you can explain how the Minnesota Vikings beat the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, 24-13. In a word, it was stunning. Really, it was. Don't let anyone tell you different. Listen, I know we can be a bit pessimistic around here and get down on the team, and not pump blind, homer, KFAN-type sunshine so you...