EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings had entered Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers hearing all about how they were the prototype, physical team in the NFL.
San Francisco was led by running the ball and stopping the run, just the M.O. Minnesota had been known for, for years. The Vikings had heard enough about the 49ers and their physicality. Coach Leslie Frazier was tired of hearing about San Francisco leading the way in tough, physical play.
"I didn't share with you, but I shared with our team that burned me up because I really feel like here, we have set the template on how to run the ball, how to defend the run," Frazier said after Sunday's game. "I wanted our team to know that there are doubts about the physicality of our football team and our guys responded."
No doubts remain about Minnesota's ability to play physical and return to their old ways of running the ball and stopping the run after Sunday's 24-13 win against the previously undefeated 49ers, who pl...