Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers 9/14/15 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: 49ers 20, Vikings 3
September 14, 2015
The second of two “Monday Night Football” matchups in the NFL’s Week 1 schedule featured another NFC matchup between the Vikings and 49ers. Minnesota had captured the most recent three meetings between these two teams, but the rosters here looked a lot different. That was good news for San Francisco.
Let’s check out some of the key players and stats from this game so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll check out what’s coming for both teams in Week 2.
What Happened: The first quarter was blank on the scoreboard, as neither team could finish off drives due to blocked/missed field goals and fizzled progress. In the second, 49ers RB Carlos Hyde broke the tie with a 10-yard TD run to put his team up 7-0 at the break.
Phil Dawson would add a 30-yard field goal in the third for the only scoring, putting the Niners up 10-0 heading into the fourth.
Minnesota would finally get on the board with a 37-yard Blair Walsh field goal, but it didn’t take San Fran long to respond. Hyde logged another TD run of 17 yards, and Dawson capped off the scoring with a 25-yarder to take the game 20-3.
It was a sloppy effort by Minnesota overall, as the one-dimensional 49ers didn’t have to expand their game too much.
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The Stars: Hyde reveled in his new starting role, posting 168 yards and the two touchdowns on 26 attempts. He’d add 14 more on two receptions. QB Colin Kaepernick was efficient with 165 yards passing and no turnovers. He was second on the team in rushing with 41 yards on seven attempts.
The Niners defense held Minnesota to 1-for-11 on third and fourth downs with 248 net yards in all.
The Goats: There’s a lot to choose from here, as the Vikes just looked flat overall. We’ll start with the underwhelming performance of Adrian Peterson in his much-anticipated debut. He posted just 10 attempts for 31 yards but did add 21 yards on a trio of catches.
QB Teddy Bridgewater was sacked five times for 54 yards lost, and the defense gave up a whopping 230 yards on the ground.
San Francisco doesn’t escape blame here; they could have been much better overall. For instance, their offense was just 2-for-5 in the red zone.
Injuries: The Niners got some bad news with RB Reggie Bush, who left in the first quarter with a calf injury. The team doesn’t believe it’s very serious, but we’ll have to wait for some more tests.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 2, both teams will be in action again on Sunday, September 20 at 1:00 PM ET on FOX. The 49ers will travel cross-country to Pittsburgh for the Steelers, while the Vikings will welcome the Lions to Minnesota.
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