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Week Three Blog: 49ers @ Vikings

Posted by Scott Kegley on September 27, 2009 – 8:22 AM


This is my first time in Minnesota and the Metrodome, but it’s really a nice setup in the press box.  Some of the players are out on the field going through some light warmups.  As usual, the above picture was taken from the press box.  Stay tuned to this blog throughout the game and you can also get updates on Twitter if you’re away from your computer.  The 49ers are healthy for the most part as all players are probable for the game with the exception of Marques Harris (toe).  Click here to view the injury report from both teams.

While we can update the blog quarterly, you can get live play-by-play in our game center.

Here’s the list of inactives for both teams:

49ers: CB Marcus Hudson, S Curtis Taylor, LB Marques Harris, C Cody Wallace, WR Brandon Jones, WR Jason Hill, DT Ricky Jean Francois, QB Nate Davis (3rd QB)

Vikings: WR Jaymar Johnson, CB Asher Allen, S Husain Abdullah, LB Erin Henderson, C Kory Lichtensteiger, DT Jimmy Kennedy, DE Jayme Mitchell, QB Sage Rosenfels (3rd QB)



The 49ers won the coin toss and elected to defer until the second half.  Allen Rossum returned the ball  to the 23.  Jared Allen made an immediate impact on the game, coming hard off the left side and knocking the ball out of Shaun Hill’s hands.  Snyder recovered the ball.  The Vikings got good pressure off the right side on 2nd down as Ray Edwards forced a bad throw by Hill.  The 49ers will back up 5 more yards due to a delay of game penalty prior to 3rd down.  The 49ers will go three and out and will have to punt from their 12-yard line.  The Vikings will take over at their 41 after a nice tackle by rookie Scott McKillop, who continues to play well on special teams early in the season.

Franklin and Lawson stopped Peterson for no gain up the middle on 1st down.  The 49ers will need to have a solid effort in that area this game.  On 3rd down, the 49ers blitzed Michael Lewis up the middle and the pressure forced an inaccurate throw by Favre.  Rossum had a nice return on the punt on the left sideline, taking it out past the 20.

San Francisco nearly picked up a first down on 2nd down after a nice run by Glen Coffee who followed a good block by David Baas who pulled around the left side.  On 3rd and 1, the 49ers elected to pass and Hill could not connect with Isaac Bruce.  Lee though had a great bounce on a low, short kick which might have been by design in order to get it to bounce without being fielded by the return man.  Vikings ball at the 12.

Nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin got good penetration on 1st down, forcing Peterson to cut back for just a short gain.  On 3rd down, Favre’s pass sailed too high, but Michael Lewis was called for holding.

***Frank Gore is questionable (ankle)

You don’t want to give good teams extra opportunities and the Vikings are taking the most of the holding penalty that gave them a first down.  Peterdon broke a huge run down the right sideline to the SF 34.  Favre then connected with Sidney Rice who split the coverage of Clements and Willis to take the early lead.

Vikings 7 – 49ers 0

Allen Rossum fumbled the kickoff, but then recovered and the 49ers will begin their drive from the 14.  Glen Coffee picked up a couple yards on 1st down, but then went down and received some attention from the trainers.  With Gore out with an ankle, Michael Robinson most likely will come in at RB.  Good news though as Coffee was able to get up on his own and walk off the field without any help.

***Update on Coffee: He had the wind knocked out of him and is back in the game.

Even with Coffee back though, the 49ers couldn’t pick up the 1st on 3rd and 1 and will go three and out once again.  Vikings ball at the 25.

After Peterson picked up just 4 yards on 1st and 2nd, Favre hit Percin Harvin on a crossing route for the 1st.  The Vikings lost 2 yards on 1st and Favre’s short throw for Berrian was low and the 49ers defenders closed quickly.  3rd and 10, Favre finds Harvin on a short cross. Mark Roman would have been able to make the tackle most likely, but had lost his footing, allowing Harvin to get the first.  Great play by Ahmad Brooks who read a toss to Harvin very well and closed very quickly to drop him for a 8-yard loss back to the 49.  The 49ers safeties continue to play well in run support as Goldson came in the box and stopped Peterson for a gain of 1.  Favre hit Chester Taylor over the middle, but Willis stopped him at the 38 and the Viking brought out their punt team. Rossum called for the fair catch at the 8.

First downs will continue to be an important down for the 49ers and they did well this time as Coffee picked up 5.  Hill was hit on 2nd down and his pass floated incomplete for Vernon Davis.  Hill had Coffe on 3rd down, but he couldn’t haul it in.  Darius Reynaud had a big gain on the punt return, taking it down to the SF 34.  That’s the end of the 1st quarter.

***Update on Gore: x-rays were normal, but his return is doubtful.

The Vikings continue to move the chains on 3rd down as Favre hit Taylor over the middle and picked up just enough.  Parys Haralson didn’t let them pick up another 1st on third down, leaping up and batting Favre’s pass down with authority.  Longwell came on and hit the field goal.

Vikings 10 – 49ers 0

Rossum tried to give the offense a little life with a kick return out to the 43.  Coffee had a nice gain on 1st down past midfield.  On 3rd and 4, the Vikings defense was called for a delay of game for trying to get the offensive player to false start.  Hill’s pass was a little late for Bruce on 2nd down, allowing the corner to bat it away.  On 3rd and 12, Hill hit Davis 1 yard shy of the first down marker and the offense will stay on the field for 4th and 1.  It took some time to decide whether to go for it though and Hill had to call a timeout as the play clock was winding down.  From the shotgun formation, Hill hit Morgan crossing for the first down.  A late hit penalty on the QB will be tacked on to the gain and the 49ers will have the 1st at the 6-yard line.  Hill rolled out and gave a great ball to Davis in the back of the end zone.  Davis leaped up, tapped two feet and the 49ers are back in business.

Vikings 10 – 49ers 7


Our blog went down there so I apologize for the lack of updates.  On the last play of the first half, Ray McDonald got good penetration on Longwell’s field goal attempt.  The blocked kick was scooped up by Clements and returned for the TD.

49ers 14 – Vikings 13



The 49ers went 3 and out on their first drive of the 2nd half and Shawntae Spencer ended the Vikings first drive with a pick.

Coffee looks like he’s now getting into a bit of a rhythm as the 49ers moved the ball down to the 24.  On 3rd and 8, Hill hit Vernon Davis, but was stopped a couple yards shy of the sticks.  Nedney will come on for the FG.  The kick is up and good from 37 yards.

49ers 17 – Vikings 13

Percy Harvin has had a big impact on the game, but returning the kickoff all the way for a touchdown definitely swings momentum back to Minnesota as well as gives them the lead.

Vikings 20 – 49ers 17

Hill found Davis to move the sticks on 1st down.  The 13-yard gain moves the ball out to the 37.  Hill was called for intentional grounding on 2nd down and the 49ers will have a 3rd and 15.  Hill completes the pass to Robinson, but is stopped short of the first.

The Vikings were called for holding on the punt return and will be backed up to the 7.  On 3rd and 12 Farve completed the pass to Berrian for the 1st down.  The 49ers have to improve on 3rd down in order to get back in the game.  Dre’ Bly was shaken up on the play.  And that will be it for the 3rd quarter.  Peterson will move the chains again with a bruising run past midfield.  3rd and 4 for the Vikings and Favre’s pass goes off the hands of Harvin.  Kluwe’s punt goes into the end zone for a touchback.

Hill connects with Brice on 1st down for a gain of 10.  Huge play again by Hill who goes deep to Davis who split the coverage of Griffin and Williams down to the MIN 38.  Another big play as the 49ers march down the field.  Hill hits Brice who avoids the defender and goes down at the 10.  The 49ers will back up 5 yards because of a delay of game.  Coffee was stuffed for no gain on 1st down.  TOUCHDOWN 49ERS!!!! Hill goes to Davis again who leaps up between the defenders and comes down with it after a seam route.

49ers 24 – Vikings 20

***Joe Staley has a right knee contusion and his return is questionable.

The Vikings will begin their drive at the 22.  Great effort by Manny Lawson on second down, driving his man into the backfield and disrupting the running lane for Peterson.  Franklin pursued and made the tackle.  Michael Lewis made the stop on 3rd down and the Vikings will punt.  Rossum returns the ball to the 26 where the 49ers will begin their drive.  Getting points on this drive could be crucial.

***Staley is back in the game.

Coffee is stopped for a big loss on 2nd down, making it 3rd and 17.  Hill hits Davis for a gain of about 8, but Lee will come on to punt with just under 4 minutes remaining.  I’ll have to run down to the field now to get ready for postgame.  We’ll keep you updated on Twitter.

Our blog went down there so I apologize for the lack of update.  On the last play of the first half, Ray McDonald got good penetration on Longwell’s field goal attempt.  The blocked kick was scooped up by Clements and returned for the TD.

49ers 14 – Vikings 13



The 49ers went 3 and out on their first drive of the 2nd half and Shawntae Spencer ended the Vikings first drive with a pick.

Coffee looks like he’s ow getting into a bit of a rhythm as the 49ers moved the ball down to the 24.  On 3rd and 8, Hill hit Vernon Davis, but was stopped a couple yards shy of the sticks.  Nedney will come on for the FG.  The kick is up and good from 37 yards.

49ers 17 – Vikings 13

Percy Harvin has had a big impact on the game, but returning the kickoff all the way for a touchdown definitely swings momentum back to Minnesota as well as gives them the lead.

Vikings 20 – 49ers 17

Hill found Davis to move the sticks on 1st down.  The 13-yard gain moves the ball out to the 37.

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87 Responses to “Week Three Blog: 49ers @ Vikings”

  1. By acole on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Whoever called 3 runs and a punt to give the vikings the ball also gave them the game. It’s extremely irritating to see 3 runs up the middle when every other player and fan knows the same thing – how about a play action with a roll out and give the offense a chance to convert the downs, keep the ball and subsequently WIN the game.

    Instead we gave the vikings the win

  2. By Anthony Davis on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Team did a good job. Vernon Davis with the two TD. Good field goal block and run after the block. I would love to meet the team and see a live game. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK NINERS!!!!!

  3. By 49ers fan on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    why would you not go for the first down and not give the ball back to brett favre i dont get what mike singleterry was thinking we deserve to loose that game

  4. By Jim on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Knowing Favre’s 4th qtr. comeback, clock mngment skill the last 49er play calling selection & overall lack of third down conversions all game Jimmy Ray needs to utilize his receiver core as a go to option rather than a have to option. Not going to his receivers more frequently puts more unneeded pressure on the running game. Rather than give the ball back to Farve I would have rather seen us go for it on a 4th down.

  5. By Richrich80 on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    The only thing a prevent defense will do is prevent you from winning the game. 3 & out when we need to run out the clock, then we sit back and give Farve all the time in the world to fine someone open. VERY upsetting!

  6. By mitch z on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    I take my hat off too the vikings,But im so proud of the niners.by all accounts they won that game.But any other querter back we would be 3 and 0.next week let’s blow out the rams.

  7. By redandgold4show on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    very proud of niners, what a heartbreaker should have won that game,something to build own go 9erss

  8. By Nick 12 on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    I think that Nate Davis gives us more options at the quarterback position not taking anything away from Shawn and if we are going to be a smash mouth running team we shoud have never put cory sheets on the practice squad holding a spot open for that nut that don’t want to sign with us should be given to sheets

  9. By Nick on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Niners won that game…the refs blew it, horrible calls from the beginning i say that his foot was out of bounds but i dont know i dont have HD tv lol. It was an exciting game never the less, but i say the Niners won that. thanks refs

  10. By Patrick on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Great game…but very disappointed to the 9ers lose. Time and time again they play to protect the lead, not to win…cost them a win this week.

  11. By dumbraye on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    why do we run the ball 3 times like idiot..im sooo mad right now…we could have done a milion other things..bruce is very reliable we needed to find him..and the defnse we ran was very bad, gave favre all the time in the world..bad coverage on last play i could have stopped that pass cmon frisco..playing like this will ge us to another losing season..were better than what what we showed

  12. By sf49ersgirl81 on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Good game! We did our best and I’m still very proud of our 49ers. We’ll get St.Louis next. 4-Ever 49er Faithful. Linda

  13. By SIONE on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply


  14. By mR CuBe on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Good game. I felt like we won the game even though we lost. Farve just made an incredible play. Hats off to him. Hopefully we take the good from this and get rid of the bad.

  15. By netfu on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    also extremely proud of the niners — they really showed how they have grown today. That was the best loss I’ve seen in years and years. The niners have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of after today…

  16. By db916 on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    I am very proud of this team thus far. With that being said, I am begining to believe that maybe the game has passed Jimmy Raye because his play calling is very suspect. In order for a team to run the ball, you have to be a threat down the field. Teams are stacking the box and we are still trying to run. Why we are not putting more receivers on the field, in order to spread the defense out, is beyond me.

    I also don’t understand why we would play so conservative at the end- by running the ball 3 times in a row, only to punt it and give the ball back to Bret Favre with so much time on the clock. We put all the weight on the defense which was not far because they kept us in the game in the first half when the offense had several 3 and out thus not giving the defense a break.

    As I have said before I am very proud of our team and like that we play with a lot of fight that we did not play with prior to Coach Singletary taking over. I know we will build on this and move forward.

    GO 49ers!!!!

  17. By Charlie on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    It is very unfortunate the way the game ended, but at least now there is no doubt we can contend with the big teams in the league.

  18. By plunt on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Good effort…These Niners have heart!!!! They are going to punish the rams. GO NINERS!!!!

  19. By TD_wolf2009 on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Seriously… PLEASE 49ers when the THROWING is working keep throwing.. at least play action pass :( we had that game and we gave them the ball back… good effort though We will end up 10+ wins this season so lets get back to work!

  20. By Jay on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Mike’s changing the mentality, but we have to act like (play calling) we deserved to hav the lead in the 4th qtr and not playing like we’re lucky to b n this position and let’s not mess it up. Our d dominated the game and to b passive at the end doesn’t instill the confidence that we need. We should expect better and play and COACH like we’re one of the top 3 or 4 teams in the NFC!

  21. By ninerniner on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    officials need to be investigated. niners stopped going after favore #4 , why? running the ball too much c,mon ! what happen to screen passes! where are the slants! we are still not finishing are tackles.

  22. By Brad Fields on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    That game was great right up to that terrible play calling on our last drive. All we needed was a first down. The game was ours!! 3 runs right at their strength??? We tried that all game with very little success. We couldn’t have been a little more creative? Rollout? Screen? SOMETHING!!!!! We should have NEVER allowed Favre to get the ball back in his hands. We should have kept him on the sidelines watching his team lose. Instead, we let this future HOF quarterback show why he is so great and that we are still a work in progress. All I can hope for is that the Seahawks & Cards lose today as well.
    We better be pissed of next week and show the Rams no mercy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. By michael on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply


  24. By bayareafastgunna510 on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    knowing brett favres history of comebacks why rush four rush 3 drop that fourth rusher for an extra db n put him where the touchdown was caught may be it wouldnt have happend. surprised with the play calling i think the play calling needs to improve to be more successful. and again why rush four when u know they need a toughdown with less then 10 seconds WHY WHY WHY?

  25. By Tommy D on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    On the 49ers final possession, you convert on 3rd down….game over. I would have passed on 3rd and 6 to get that first down and put the game away. I didn’t agree with the conservative run up the middle..giving it back to the Vikes and Favre. The 49ers played a very good game on the road against a good team, without Gore…..but a loss is a loss and as Singletary would say…we have to get better.

  26. By Esteban on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    I am so proud of the niners, we had that game. Now we need to look to crush the rams, 49er faithful here when they win and loose. Go niners

  27. By 49er for life on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Great game even though we lose. Farve did his thing, you can’t be mad. As far as those 3 run plays, I don’t question them. Defense was playing good so why not let the defense win it for us. I think the thing that killed us was the prevent defense. No pressure to Farve and all the time in the world. It’s cool. Great learning experience for the niners. Go Niners. Hopefully we can see them in the playoff and we get a different result next time.

  28. By kevin on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    i hate brett favre but they did a great job to come down and win the game like that. but i agree with some of you that jimmy raye needs to go get a first down or two and kill the game, not run 3 straight times with the same exact play and give the ball back to vikings. we could have won that game and we should have. there is really no excuse to run that play over and over again, it never worked once out of like 12 times we ran it (the one where josh morgan runs over and lines up perpendicular to the line of scrimmage between the guard and tackle and we run to the opposite side behind moran norris). as soon as the D sees morgan run over they know what the play is. there is no point. we shouldve won the game with some better play calling at the end.

  29. By facedagree on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    what tha fuck wuz JIMMY RAYE thinking???? that wuz our game and this lame call’s 3 running plays only 2 give them tha ball and make some play’s 2 win. hats of 2 the team 4 playing with heart and as a real squad. u guy;s are great and dont lose focus. let’s smash tha rams and get back on it. 2 tha idiot calling tha plays, ur not tha one on the field busting ur ass, so make it count 4 tha guy’s doing tha REAL work!!!!! 49ERS 4 LIFE

  30. By ihatecowboys on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    So this is exactly what M. Martz did before he was let go. Why are you going to run up the middle against a defense that was stopping the inside run long before the 4th quarter? Serious guys, a play action would have been a good chance and even if it was intercepted then with the way the defense was playing you could have stopped them long before the time ran out and still had a chance to finish the game with the ball in our hands….come on guys!!!

  31. By kevin on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    i also wann aput it out there that i think singletary is doing a great job. i just think its rayes play calling right now that needs a little more variation and unpredictability.

  32. By V~dub on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    (I’m sure glad we played it safe for the last 2 minutes cause if we’d have thrown the ball or rushed too many guys they might have gotten an interception and/or touchdown to win the game….. aughhhh)…. I was grumbling to myself and had to vent but I see others have already touched on the reasons; same reasons we’ve been where we are for the past few years. Play a good game that works and then completely change for the last 2 minutes. Only needed that one last first down, what’s up with the 3 up the gut. Just needed pressure on Farve but instead lets spread everyone out and let them pick their way down the field or run freely until he finds a receiver. Still proud of the 2-1 start and will always be true to the niners but lets play 60 minutes of smashmouth football not 58.

  33. By London_9er on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Our BOYS played with HEART!!!Forever FAITHFUL to them.Stayed up late to watch the game in London,U.K.Favre was fortunate,and it was fate for that last TD.But 49ers we back,and we got nothing but love for you,in WESTSIDE,West Coast.We still behind you.

  34. By TD_wolf2009 on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Im going to the niner/rams game so c’mon niners show them your relentless defense and lets try and shut out those rams!

  35. By niner fan on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    I totally agree with ACOLE. Why did they run the ball at the end? The Vikings were stopping COFFEE! You cannot give the ball back to FAVRE with over a minute left. Frustrated!!!!

  36. By Rohit Garewal on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Wow what a game…am I depressed? Definitely!

    Am I incredibly proud of the way we played and the character of our team when it looked like the Vikings were going to steamroll us? 100%.

    Without Gore, we went into one of the most hostile stadiums in the league and made them sweat until the very last seconds…this was an awesome game, and it sucks we lost, but it took an amazing team to play amazing to beat us in their house…that’s impressive.

    I want MS to keep the pressure up, to not be happy with the win, but as a leader you can’t kick your players ass for giving everything they had and still losing; they tried their best, and I now know our team is for real.

    As for all of you guys complaining about three straight runs? Our defense played outstanding, and we put it in their hands. Favre made a play that will be played at his Hall of Fame video – 99/100 times we win.

    Go niner!

  37. By ninerraf on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    i don’t like that run call on the most critical 3rd down of the game. why!? why run it when we’re already 0-10 in the game. and the most important 3rd down… run?! i have had serious problems with those decisions. stubborn calls cost us yards and in this case a crucial first down that we needed. play calling sucks! change it!

  38. By duhble on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    hurt very hurt id rather we got spanked then lose like that!!!!!!! WOW im still shaking

  39. By wooley on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    This is an awsome feeling compared to the last few years. Just a couple more pieces to protect the guy we had better start believing in! Minnesota comes here in the playoffs and they lose! What! Playoffs!!??!!!??? Just beat the rams……….

  40. By Life long fan on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    You can’t expect the defense to play as intensely as they were the entire game yet put them in a risky situation with an opposing hall of famer who can burn you in the final seconds. Had the last 9er offensive series been called with any kind of creativity, we would not have relinquished possession creating the exact scenario that occurred. If you want to be smash mouth and have a “run offense” identity, then run a well executed play action pass in those situations and at least attempt some deception. There were errors made by the team throughout the day but they pale in comparison to the inadequate orchestration of the offense in our last series by Coach Raye. This one’s on you Jimmy.

  41. By cocking03 on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Disappointing loss, but we HAVE to look at the positives here. If we would have gone into Minnesota last year when they didn’t even have Favre think of what the outcome would have been. And to the guy that said he would “rather we got spanked than loose like that” You obviously haven’t been watching for the past 5yrs when we did get spanked every game. Absolutely love Singletary and love where this team is headed. I will be flying out from Kansas to watch the Ram game next Sunday and hope we beat the hell out of them. GO NINERS!!!!

  42. By Harlan MacPhee on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Today I was shown a championship game. The measure of success was measured by mililmeters. In that environment the measure of wining or losing becomes vague. Except by the score. Factor in early in the game any number of different outcomes the outcome would have been in SF favor. However the outcome after the second half rest with one talent. Lady luck.

    As far as I am concerned you won the game.

  43. By Harlan MacPhee on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    You are champions

  44. By iripthekut on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    i agree with everyone who said that 3 rush plays was a stupid move. there was a lot of time left on the board and if hill would have thrown another completion to davis it would have been over. those two were on it today, especially davis! nevertheless, amazing game for both teams. hopefully this game will let everyone know that the 9ers are back to play with the big boys.

  45. By wooley on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    I am a newbe, what does it mean “your comment is awairing moderation?”

  46. By YoungKona on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Jimmy Raye came out ready to fire but was cut off by a Joe Staley Whiff and a Jared Allen forced fumble on the first play from scrimmage. After that Jimmy crawled back into his shell and played Mr. conservative. It was very evident after that possession of 3 runs up the gut instead of looking to seal the deal with Shaun Hill’s arm. Why doesn’t the coaching staff trust in Shaun. I do. Most of the mistakes weren’t his fault. LET HILL PLAY!!

  47. By gtbniners on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    hell of game it’s not time to start bashing where heading on the right direction keep your heads up get a win next week GO NINERS GO NINERS

  48. By Gax on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    im pissed about those 3 run plays by jimmy raye, and the fact we didnt go for it on 4th down…but the secondary gave too much cushion and when it came down to it…Mark Roman should’ve done a better job covering, he didnt even jump! fuck Mark Roman Singletary better chew his ass out

  49. By Chris on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    As a Minnesota Vikings fan my hats off to the niners. If it wasn’t for Gore’s injury we might not have won, even though our defense really picked it up from previous games.

    Some bad call from refs, but I don’t think it costed ya’ll the game, as we had some penaltys ourselves.

    Overall was a VERY nice game, made my day. I’ll definitely be tooning into the next game vs you guys :D

  50. By Jim on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    I forgot to say great job to everyone of the players, great job. WE HAVE SOME GREAT RECEIVERS TOO, TRY USING ALL OF THEM. Don’t tie Shaun’s hands so much, run, run, run punt, run, run run, punt. YIKES, no wonder the Vikes defense looked so good, until we went to some passes, great job Vernon & Mr. Bruce.

  51. By Mark C on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    I saw maturity, I saw trust, I saw faith, I saw a great game. I’m proud of you Niners!

  52. By MNNinersfan on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Being stuck in MN, I don’t get to see SF often. What a game to go to! We should have run better plays on the last drive; why give Favre a chance? The last two minutes would have been different if Gore was not injured, but Coffee did good. Overall, I am very happy with what I saw today; great change from the past few years. GO NINERS!!!

  53. By Eric on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    I’m still sick. We wont get the respect if we cant beat the teams outside of our division. This stings. I know its not how you start, its how you finish. But after all of these years, I would like to start good.

  54. By Ricer80 on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    We will see them again in the playoffs i am confident to say…
    and i bet they can’t wait for another chance at them.
    Devastating and amazing play to end the game,
    lots of good points for the team though in this game
    GREAT to see Vernon finally have a productive game, ashamed i did not start him in my fantasy league and head tod heap

  55. By AG on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    NINERS!!!They did a very good job against the Vikings. Vikings just got lucky. We’ll get them next time. Keep your heads up Niners, we are taking out the Rams next week. Oh and Singletary, you are the man. Our Niners have improved a thousand times. Love that DEFENSE!!! Go NINERS!

  56. By anthony on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    how do you send three on a pass rush play,keep eight back and still allow them to score knowing they need a touchdown to win.its good to want winners,but we need players with brains too the game is mental!!!!!!!!

  57. By stangdog on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    I agree, Jimmy Raye needs to trust Shawn a little more, it’s obvious he has no faith in his arm (even after seeing hill throw 2 28yd passes and a 20 yd TD pass on 49er’s final scoring drive) by the way he is married to the run. Jimmy, your run will work a little better if you’ll let Shawn keep the defense honest. Hell, everbody knows you’re gonna run run run, why wouldn’t they stack the box. Hill is a smart QB, he just needs his coaches to trust him and believe in him.

  58. By mike reese on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    This was a good game and it was decided by a throw that normally would not be caught that was a awsome job by the reciever and never count farve out defense needs to get off the field and offense needs first downs bottom line could have gone eather way 49ers should have won but somebodys gotta lose…

  59. By StuB on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    I’m hopeful that Mike and his staff learn from their mistakes–playing not to lose more times than not gives you the results the staff deserved–The D played a heck of a game–Hill was outstanding in the 2nd half–Veron played his best game as a niner by far..To this point Mike has the team playing far better than anyone could have anticipated. It appears this team is for real, when you take into account two tough road games–1-1–should be 2-0. I’m optimistic regarding this teams chances on making the playoffs based on what they have shown up to this point–but please please Mike NO MORE PLAYING NOT TO LOSE IN THE FINAL MINUTES AGAIN!

  60. By Big D on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    At the end we got the L. But its ok, the 9ers played with a lot of heart, passion and they never gave up. dont get me wrong we still have some work to do to be a great team. But look how far we came from the years past. No one expected for us to stick it to the Farve & the vikings that way especially with the loss of Gore in the beginning. But the 9ers or came adveristy. We are contenders and on our way… just wait and see. always faithful, a true 49er fan.

  61. By Chill Will 49! on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Alright Niner Nation I saw what everyone else saw…this was a tough one to lose especially knowing the Niners had this game in there pocket. We all know you can not give Farve a chance with the ball or he will find a way to hurt you, and he did just that. 0-11 on 3rd down conversions that is crazy! Think about it Niners should of got blown out on that statistic alone. Once Gore was out that even made matters worse. Niners have to convert on the 3rd downs if they want to continue on winning more games. The Defense was awesome but we cannot always rely on them to save the game all the time. If Niners convert on that 3rd down at the end of the game it would of been over. For now the Offensive will be known as the (3 and OUT KIDS!!!) to me until Mike gets with Jimmy and finds a solution to this.

    Seattle lost, Rams lost, and hopefully with the help of the Colts tonight the Cardinals will lose! NINER NATION lets get ready for the Rams next week and bring down the HOUSE!!!

  62. By Fletch on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    I haven’t been this twisted by a loss in a long time. You give Farve enough chances and he will beat you. I agree with most of the posts above about our play calling. What really is puzzling is our starting left tackle is injured, our starting running back is out for the game. With the game on the line 3 runs are called. Plays that hadn’t worked all day. Then we go away from a defense that has stopped Minn all day. Give them the sideline and everything underneath so they march down the field and beat us. One, just one first down would have iced the game for the 49ers. I really don’t understand being married to the run when it isnt working. We lost this game due to stupid play calling.

  63. By R.W.D on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Still shocked but still 1st in the West. Go 9′ERS!

  64. By NinerFaithful on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    It stings that we didn’t get the “W” today, but I’ve not been prouder of a Niner team in ten years. You guys did great! You kicked and scratched and got every yard there was to be taken. I’m so enthused by the team spirit evident with Mike at the helm. We can all sit and arm-chair QB the (4th qtr) play calling, but in the end today, it was a future hall-of-famer doing what it takes to win the game. I’m dang proud of this team so far. Bring on St Louis and Atlanta. Our boys have what it takes.

  65. By jim on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    it’s only 1 game. don’t lose focus on the big picture.. this niners team will make the playoffs.. we can get redemption when the time comes.
    we should win the next 2 games.

    tough loss but if we keep playing like this we will make the playoffs.. it’s early to talk playoff but this team is legit this year.

  66. By matt on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    Hats off to the niners, they played an excellent game and sure did deserve that win.. i see people commented on the play calling several times and its nothing but the truth.. hill was playing a good game we should have went to an air for the first down.. People say our D was playing great we put it in their hands to win , well it should have never been that way with just over a minute left and no time outs.. The pressure should have never been on our D to win that game when all we needed was a lousy first down and instead gave brett the ball backWe need more variety in play calling. there should have never been 3 straight runs when all we needed was a first down to run the clock out.

    The team played great, and you can see the improvement of our organization.. Sing is doing an amazing job , the team is improving greatly but the play calling needs alot of improvement and let frank rest against the rams so he can actually try to make it a whole season

  67. By Martin on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    The game was defensive gem.The great play of the entire defense was amazing.The offensive line proved again they can play and win at a high level.Hill gave another outstanding performance.This loss falls on the coaching staff.The players gave a truly smash mouth effort.I cant believe some of the play calling I witnessed.I understand the team wants to be known as hard hitting rushing team,but we all know you have to mix it up little to throw the defense off.When called upon Hill has been able to get the job done.The last drive of the game was like the previous attempts, futile.If something is not working at some point you have to adapt and overcome the situation.The 49ers have all the tools but are not being utilized to their fullest extent.

    I just like to say to the players terrific performance.

    Lets get the play calling together and keep the opposing defense off balance a little.

    Again this loss falls on the poor play calling and the lack of confidence of a decent quarterback.

  68. By Xavier on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    This loss really hurt! I think they should have went for the first down also, we only took about 4sec of the clock running it on 3rd down, should have passed against there 8man front. Let Hill throw more, he’s proven he’s a smart player and dosent make huge mistakes. Go NINERS!!!
    I think we should rest Gore against the rams.

  69. By pistolpete3rd on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    How can you give Bret numerous chances and expect to win the game…. Guys, all we had to do was hold the ball…..We had the win in the bag and we gave it back to them….Although we lost this one (gave it to them)…I still see us going to the big game this year..Go Niners!!!!

  70. By BJ on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    I am so proud of the niners on how they played against the vikings. They proved to themselves and to the NFL that there is no quit in the Mike Singletary Niners. This is his team and teams in the NFC and AFC better watchout. I do not believe in moral victories and if they would have use a pass play in either 1st or 2nd down, the 49ers would be still undefeated. That game is over and let get ready to take the Rams down and let them know who is best in the NFC West. Go Niners all the way and don’t stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  71. By K on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    The 49ers ran to ball to Coffe the last six plays and punted on the last two 4th downs. Coffe had 25 carries for 54 yards and most of those came on two plays. Even at that he averaged barely over 2 yards per carry against one of the top run defenses in the NFL. Further, on their last aggressive play calling drive Hill completed all of his passes in leading the 49ers from behind under pressure to take the lead in a dome which is very hard to win in. Up to that point Hill had outplayed Farve. Then, the 49ers played not to lose rather than to win and ran the ball with the rookie Coffe and on a third in 6 which a 1st down would have won the game! Don’t blame this one on the players but on the play selection. To run the ball they may have thought was the safe thing and to keep the clock going but each of the last three runs only took 4 seconds off of the clock on each play because the Vikings had three time outs left. Therefore, the chance of a pass was the only option as incomplete would have stopped the clock but the runs did nothing to run out the clock! This sort of play selection and odds in completing first downs needs to be much better evaluated!

  72. By K on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    If the Niners had better defended the kick on the 101 yard kick off return after we gained 3 points with a field goal but gave up 7 with the kick off return the Viking’s last drive would have been meaningless!

  73. By rotohawk on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    what a game. so tense. loved it. not the outcome so much but like singletary said, learn from it and let it sting so that they know what it feels like. just the fact that we have a chance to win every game is amazing.

  74. By randy on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    the refs in this game were rediculous from the get go for one, then niners calling running plays ,with our runninin back on the sidelines hurt?? and watching the replay of the vikings winning catch you can see that the recievers foot was on the line and refs still give em the catch and win hmmm. if that was the niners catch it wouldve been called out of bounds go fig.

  75. By ziggy on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    all i can say is i no we have a good team

  76. By Justin on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    I was at the game at the end zone where Lewis made that catch and I can only say that it was heartbreaking! Nevertheless, we won every other facet of the game. We played soo hard, but like coach said “it will make us stronger.” We are good offensively, and defensively; we’ll see them in the playoffs, and we will win!

  77. By Train49 on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    This one hurt. Badly. Would have been 4-0 going into the bye week. Lets just hope lesson learned. There is little to be happy about with a loss but considering they went 0-10 on 3rd down and it seemed like Mennesota converted about 35 3rd and 9′s or longer and needed a miracle to win I suppose thats a little something. Also, Shaun Hill appears to be a winner. Not the best arm, legs, or mechanics but simply finds a way. Sunday can’t get here soon enough…

  78. By THE-49ERS-MAN on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    ok you fan’s that find something good out of this game and keep talking playoffs for real playoff words of jim mora sr.wake up the play calling was dumb on offensive 3 running plays when a firstdown is a win and you take a chance by giving favre the ball with that kind of time we are asking to lose you can not win playoff games like that think marty with the chargers im faithful all always win or loose but i do know the truth

  79. By THE-49ERS-MAN on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    ok so why are’nt we blaming mark roman this is thr reason he lost his starting job. look you know for one we are not blitzing so why do you give up the back of the endzone or at lease try to push the hell out of the wideout to get him out of bounds so let’s blame this guy to and where’s the signing of a kory sheets for real michael robinson have’nt done anything for this team GO 49ERS FAITHFUL FO LIFE BABY

  80. By THE-49ERS-MAN on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    the hole NFL knows we are running the football so hay raye switch it up man so we can stay ontop please pass a little more thats all im asking

  81. By Joe Black on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    49′ers fans should be mad as hell and demand Singletary’s head for total incompetence in coaching the final 1:43 of this game! Who could be so stupid but to run 3 plays up the middle for no gains and then give the ball back to Favre with time on the clock to win it! STUPID! Get the first down and you win the game!

  82. By 49erCondiment on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    I would say that I follow the rest of the comments about the poor play calling at the end of the Vikings game. The 49ers gave the ball back to BF and the Vikings for two series to win the game. How stupid was that? Three and out, Three and out. This is Singletary’s loss!!! He needs to take the blame. The Niners played one of their best games in years. They had this game won. What happened was poor play calling and management from the sidelines. Coach Mike S. you should have nightmares. You need to lead your team down the stretch. All the players played at their top level to win this game. I think they were let down by the coaching staff. Success and failure come from the Leader, accept it, and move on, we the fans see greatness from the SF 49ers, and look forward to the future.

  83. By Go niners712 on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    i think the niners did their best its just that we lost that game.. why others niners fans blane on this blane on that . Us niners fan should just except the case that we lost that game and move on . l know is a broken heart bout we all should be happy that our team are playing like a playoff team and get a chance to move on. who knows next maybe Number 6 championship? what i think about the last call of the final game is just that we didnt get a chance to get farve on time and thats all. so GO NINERS and lets get the RAMS….

  84. By mhp1962 on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Give me a break! What kind of clock management was that!? Three running plays up the middle when it did produce anything all day??? They deserved to loose. 0 for 11 on 3rd down? People come on! Shaun Hill can be read like a good book… you know exactly where he’s going to throw and he’s slow to respond to the open receivers or the pass rushers. He’s not the future. Oh well!

  85. By Florida Niner Fan on Sep 30, 2009 | Reply

    I can’t agree more with the posters who are screaming about the play selection on that last drive. I understand philosophy and not wanting a turnover, but three up the gut was horrible. A simple screen pass, play action ANYTHING besides what they did. Shaun Hill can at least throw the short pass to a TE or RB. Niners went from 3-0 to 2-1 because of conservative football. Sometimes go outside of your philosophy and gamble, the Vikes were just jamming the line of scrimmage waiting for the run. With Gore out for a few games, they better start mixing up the play selection. 2-1 may quickly turn to 2-3 before the bye week. Coach you are better than that, your players believe in you, start believing in them. The defense will not always shut them down especially on an away game.

  86. By ALEX FROM FLORIDA on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply


  87. By William Life on Nov 20, 2009 | Reply


    You sound more like a cheerleader than a football fan.

    SF decided to play not to win on there final drive and it cost them.

    Please keep your pomp pomps out of this discussion.

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