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.
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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.
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