PASSING OFFENSE: B — With the 49ers focused on stopping the Vikings' NFL-leading rushing attack, QB Tarvaris Jackson threw for 163 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and a solid 95.9 passer rating. Jackson's scoring toss was a 19-yarder to WR Robert Ferguson, who finished with a team-leading four receptions for 57 yards. Jackson completed passes to seven receivers. He threw for only 48 yards in the second half as the Vikings scored no points in the final two quarters.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C — Yes, Chester Taylor had an 84-yard touchdown run, but otherwise the Vikings running game had a very quiet day against a rushing defense that was ranked 26th against the run entering Sunday. Rookie sensation Adrian Peterson had a career-low 3 yards on 14 carries, a 0.2-yard average, and the Vikings' 117 rushing yards was their third-lowest total of the season. Take away Taylor's run and the NFL's top-ranked rushing offense finished with 33 yards on 30 carries on the afternoon. The 49ers had success by not only stacking the box but also sending the cornerbacks on blitzes in running situations.
PASS DEFENSE: B — The Vikings surrendered 225 passing yards to QBs Trent Dilfer and Shaun Hill, as veteran CB Antoine Winfield returned after missing four of the past five games because of a hamstring injury. Dilfer, who was knocked out near the end of the second quarter, was ineffective. He completed only seven of 19 passes for 45 yards with no touchdowns, an interception and a 23.4 passer rating. Hill, a former Viking, was a major improvement. He hit on 22 of 28 passes for 180 yards with a touchdown, a fumble and a 90.5 rating. Hill, though, was put in a situation of having to throw the ball after the 49ers went to the locker room trailing 27-0 at halftime. The most explosive pass play the Vikings gave up was a 26-yarder, as the unit kept the damage to a minimum. DTs Kevin Williams had the Vikings' only interception.
RUSH DEFENSE: B-plus — As usual, the Vikings' NFL-best run defense didn't allow much. Frank Gore rushed for 68 yards on 16 attempts, a 4.3-yard average, and the 49ers finished with 73 yards on 20 carries. Gore's longest run went for 15 yards and came early in the game, as the Kevin and Pat Williams combination continued to dominate. With DEs Ray Edwards (suspension) and Erasmus James (knee injury) out, the Vikings got contributions from a variety of players at right end. Rookie Brian Robison started and played well.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C — The biggest negative here was the two 55-yard kickoff returns the Vikings gave up to San Francisco's Maurice Hicks in the second quarter. The 49ers weren't able to do anything with the field position, but the Vikings coaching staff won't be pleased that Hicks averaged 34 yards on five returns. The Vikings also continue to get little production from their punt returners. RB Mewelde Moore and WR Bobby Wade both got chances Sunday but combined to return one punt for 6 yards. P Chris Kluwe averaged 41.8 yards gross and 35.2 yards net on six punts, and Ryan Longwell put a kickoff out of bounds. Longwell did make two field goals.
COACHING: B — Brad Childress and Co. now have a four-game winning streak. The Vikings got off to a quick start with a defensive touchdown by Kevin Williams only 14 seconds into the game, and Minnesota put together a 27-point first half en route to the victory. The Vikings' play fell off in the second half, but by that point it was of little significance. Despite being short-handed at the defensive right end position, coordinator Leslie Frazier got the most of out Robison, young Jayme Mitchell and newcomer Otis Grigsby. Left end Kenechi Udeze also was shifted to right end on occasion.
Grading the Game: 49ers
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