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Morning Tailgate: Sept. 24

Posted by Taylor Price on September 24, 2012 – 7:44 AM

Greetings from Boardman, Ohio, site of the 49ers headquarters for the next five days.

We’re up early (East Coast time) to share the top headlines from the 49ers first loss of the season, a 24-13 defeat to the Minnesota Vikings. The loss was uncharacteristic for the 49ers in the Jim Harbaugh era. The team’s normal efficient, ball-control offense and hard-hitting defense did not perform for 60 minutes and it cost the team.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com writes that the Vikings “Out-Ninered the Niners.” As a result, All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman recorded a career-high 18 tackles against a run-heavy offensive attack.

Minnesota’s commitment to the run game was key, according to Barnwell, who added, “Fortunately for the Niners, they caught a lucky break in terms of scheduling. They’re assigned to play the Jets next week, a team that will likely be without star cornerback Darrelle Revis, who appears to have suffered a serious knee injury during his team’s win over the Dolphins on Sunday.”

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the team will use the week in Ohio to regroup for a key Week 4 game in New York. Inman: “The 49ers will stew on this for five days in Youngstown, Ohio, before forging ahead to next Sunday’s game against the host New York Jets. A year ago, the 49ers spent their layover in Youngstown fresh from a comeback win at Cincinnati, then rallied for a bigger triumph at Philadelphia as part of an eight-game win streak.”

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee took a look at the 49ers uncharacteristic performance against the Vikings. Barrows: “One of Harbaugh’s most impressive feats last season was going 5-0 in games that started at 10 a.m. (PST), typically a rough scenario for west-coast teams. In their first early start this season, the 49ers allowed the Vikings to rack up 344 yards, more than the Packers’ and Lions’ notable offense were able to gain in Weeks 1 and 2.”

Barrows also offers game notes, including the 49ers offense unable to capitalize on big returns from Kyle Williams.

SI.com’s Peter King ranks the 49ers as the No. 3 team in the NFL in his latest power rankings.

49ers.com provided a game story from the team’s first loss of the 2012 season and a notebook chronicling Vernon Davis’ strong play to start the year.



Big news for the team off the field.

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28 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Sept. 24”

  1. By garygolfer on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    they beat us at our own game, the run first game. we will re-group and show jets the real niners. this game was not the fault of one player or fault of ol or def, we just didn’t play well period. i have faith that coach JH sees this as a minor blip and fixes the problem quickly

  2. By 9erdog on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    yeah gary: but coach was a part as well, I still find it hard to believe that happened, that was a total whooping!

  3. By 9erdog on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    They beat us in every part game, Special Teams, Defense, and Offense! And yes our guys are Pro’s but just the same, they have to be crushed. It really seemed like they ‘viks’ knew everything we were going to do before we did?
    I not sure how the coaches go about this, because they have to have a few questions them selfs?
    We have to go back to basics,! This was in the making maybe not a blowout but a loss.
    Last season we were the come from behind team, this season we were just holding on to wins, we weren’t putting teams away, not finishing games!
    Because if you think about it, They came out and played like it was the last 5-10 minutes of the 4th QT! I’d bet the viks watched the 4th QT’s of our first 2 games and saw something . Because they came out and knew exactly what to do, Yeah I know I’m not coach and I don’t pretend to be, but they were on to something.
    go Niners I love you guys … ahh man love of course!

  4. By bow53 on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    its one of those week that a team will play flat like w/ did last sunday, its just like a bad hair day that day, look at the patriots 2 week in a row lost,so,i’m really confident that will be back strong come sunday, and we can fix this…its just a ,matter of adjustment,so come sunday will be alright against the jets…..

  5. By iswordsman on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Two Words: Bill Musgrave. Gotta give big props to this former 9er QB, he was absolutely a step ahead in game planning and play calling, it was genius, reminiscent of his mentor Walsh really. I hate it like hell itself, but: Nicely Done Bill.
    Factor # 2: Factor #11. He was “aiming”, he was behind the flow and missing on key conversions. At least 10 NFL QB’s could have/ would have won that game for us. Sad but true. Time to own it, last week lights out, this week merely extinguished.
    Go ahead, all you youngblood wild eyed fans will call me a “hater”, well F-O-A-D, NOTHING could be further from the truth. Just like you swat the a** of your wayward kid, I care enough to tell it like it is. C’MON, MAN!

  6. By iswordsman on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Factor #3: The officiating was egregious. We were being held consistently and were getting called for the tiniest bit of interference with a free run by their receivers. It sucked, the fix was in: it was UPSET WEEKEND all over the NFL. Sad thing is we could STILL HAVE WON THAT GAME
    Quote from VEGAS ODDS MAKERS, “hey, I kinda like these division 3 officials, we’re making a bundle”… just sayin

  7. By 9erdog on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    isword: say what you like, But that was a total team effort, total!
    We had a blocked FG, Defense gave up yarded in chucks, 3 6min 60yd drives for TD’s,. and when the Offense ‘did’ have the ball they did their fair share as well. Every time we got close They (viks) pulled ahead, thats just the truth!
    Everybody contributed equally to this loss, add in the coaches! I wish we could point to one player it would make it much easier to fix. yes the officiating as well, What? the viks had one call against`em! hmmmmm

  8. By bow53 on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    well, we need to move on, will just make sure will be ready for the next opponent, cuz i do believe the coaching staff will learn something fr. that game and make adjustment, i’m hoping that p willis is alright cuz,he was limpng after the game and sapoaga too,but i’m confident will be alright next game….

  9. By 9erdog on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    we stuffed the Vikings at their 2-yard line with 9:02 left. and Peterson ran outside for 20 yards, Whitner dropped the ball at their 35 with open spaces in front of him.
    It all started on the first drive 4th and goal … everything they did worked, I think they had our playbook! Could our ex`coach have had more to do with this that we think … nothing wrong with that but ….. could he have ?

  10. By 49erdefense2012 on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    poof,,,again for the 3rd time today

  11. By 49erdefense2012 on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    the server doeasnt even want to talk about yesterdays game

  12. By 9erdog on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    hang in there 49erd, hang tough bro!

  13. By rjdniner on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Iswordsman. My question is how much are they getting per game, I guess no one wants to bring that subject up in the sports media world. talking about the ref

  14. By abrahamer on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    iv’e heard its about 125,000 avg for a year, which is ridiclus when you make billions and you pay chump change for refs what do you expect ?

  15. By abrahamer on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    and when alex was sacked and stripped that lineman,staley? i think was pinning the defender down while the ball was literally lying on the ground next to him,he could have easily recovered that for us instead of lying motionless on top of that guy,that made my hair gray

  16. By abrahamer on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    as well as whitner dropping a pick thrown right to him,more gray hair

  17. By abrahamer on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply


  18. By 9erdog on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    haven’t seen any mention of it this, but i’m thinking that we get Jocobs and Ginn back for this weeks game. That would be the first time this season that we would be 100%, and I can’t think of abetter time for that to happen. I really would like to see Roman open it up a bit more, I think we should be finishing games stronger then we have.
    I understand we’re just 3 game into the season but just the same no reason to wait !

  19. By garygolfer on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    i would also like to see fangio blitz a little more. seahawks had rogers really confused in first half. 8sacks. if our corners are as good as everyone says what would some man coverage hurt?? just sayn

  20. By abrahamer on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    wow did you guys see the end of seshawks packers ? omg wrong team won and we have to play them twice, the’r 2-1 now with us and the dam cards r undeafted,fuc that we need to stomp the jets bounce back victory plz big time

  21. By abrahamer on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    yes gary and me say blitz more plz

  22. By abrahamer on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    yeah we gotta work in practice, if jacobs can practice then he’ll play. same for ginn, we need to rebound with big team effort to show we can

  23. By 49erdefense2012 on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    i have been a fan of the 49ers my whole life and in every season when we have won a super bowl there has always been a wake up game,,I think this one was it,,jets will be our bounce back game but the jets have a fierce defense,,alex and company will have alot of work to do ,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST!!!

  24. By 9erdog on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Jacobs, Ginn, Blitz more, IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST!

    Hows that for a package, eh?

  25. By 9erdog on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    abra, how in the hell did you get away with using f u c k when I can’t even use the word a s s ? I ask?

  26. By 9erdog on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t understand ? HA you da man Dude! and ’9erd’ am I right in thinking that you don’t feel that Alex can throw the deep ball, or was in just the viks game?

  27. By 9erdog on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Poll question, would rather have lost to the viks the way we did or lose the way the packers did last night ? ACK !!!

  28. By rjdniner on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    9erdog. hopefully we’ll have the regular ref s back for the jets game, now is there going to be some mistake’s am sure there will be. Take care.

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