Ponder, Vikings Pull Off Upset of 49ers

By KBJR News 1

Ponder, Vikings Pull Off Upset of 49ers

September 23, 2012 Updated Sep 23, 2012 at 7:16 PM CST

Minneapolis, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Christian Ponder threw two touchdowns and ran for another on Sunday afternoon as the Minnesota Vikings beat San Francisco 24-13 at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis.

San Francisco had beaten Green Bay and Detroit in the first two weeks of the season, but the 49ers were dominated in every facet of the game on Sunday by the now (2-1) Vikings.

Ponder finished the game 21-of-35 passing for 198 yards and two touchdowns, adding seven rushes for 33 yards and the score. Most importantly, he did not turn the ball over against the vaunted 49ers defense.

Running back Adrian Peterson consistently shook off would-be tacklers, carrying the ball 25 times for 86 yards.

Percy Harvin led the team with nine catches for 89 yards, but the two touchdowns went to tight end Kyle Rudolph, who finished with five catches and 36 yards.

Former Minnesota star wide receiver Randy Moss was quiet in a return to his old hometown, catching three passes for 27 yards in the losing effort for San Francisco.

The Vikings are now (2-1) this season, and the team's next game will be September 30 on the road against NFC North rival Detroit.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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