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 Harvin had nine catches for 89 yards and th...