Just seven days after the 49ers made a statement against the Lions, San Fran learned a valuable lesson.
That lesson was showing up every week, and they learned the hard way Sunday, as the Niners were outplayed all day by the underdog Vikings, falling in Minnesota 24-13.
The Vikings, led by QB Christian Ponder, did as they pleased all day on a 49ers D that seemed a full step behind. The Vikings outgained the Niners 344-280.
Ponder was 21-for-35 for 198 yards with two touchdowns and no picks. He also was a force on the ground, rushing for 38 yards including a 23-yard score that gave Minnesota a 14-3 lead with 5:29 left in the first half.
The Niners got within 17-13 with 6:17 left in the third when Alex Smith hit Vernon Davis with a 1-yard touchdown.
It was the closest the Niners would get. The Vikings put the game away on a near 7 minute drive that covered 12 plays and 88 yards.
The back breaker score came when Ponder hit TE Kyle Rudolph with a 2-yard score to make it 24-13 with 14:17 left.
Alex Smith had a tough day, going 23-for-34 for 182 yards with a touchdown and a late pick that sealed it. The Niners ground game was led by Frank Gore, who had 63 yards on 12 carries.
Adrian Peterson had 86 yards on 25 carries in the win for Minnesota.