Let me start off by saying the sky is NOT falling. The below are just observations and not an indictment of any of the players. With that said.
1) Running Alex Smith Tally since Eagles game in 2010: 28 Games, 785 Att, 495 Comp, 5730 Yards, 38 Tds, 9 INTs, 96.4 QB Rating (not sure how that rating went up by 2 points. Redid it several times. May have miscalculated last week). Something I have noticed about Alex...he doesn't seem to play well in domes. It seems whenever he's in them the ball tends to sail on him. The same thing happened last year in Detroit and in St. Louis. The Super Bowl this year is in the Super Dome. Hrrmmm...
2) Vernon Davis: Counting playoffs, Vernons last 5 games: 26 Receptions, 461 yards and 8 TDs. I don't know why, but even in games when Alex seems a bit scattershot he seems to be able to hit Vernon just fine. If only he were as accurate throwing to everyone else.
3) D: That was frustrating to watch. There were a number of plays when they just couldn't get pressure and when they DID get pressure Ponder was able to move around and make a play. I think some credit has to be given to Ponder for a great game, but it is a bit alarming how well he was able to play and how he was constantly able to move around and find someone. Hopefully it's just a fluke, but I'm not betting on that.
4) Flat: Yeah, the Niners came out flat, but not as flat as peeps have said. I think it was more a case of the Vikings playing with their hair on fire. Gotta give it up to them, they got up for this game. The Niners didn't just lose this game. They were beaten in every phase. This was the worst game in Harbaughs 2 years in SF. I think in the long run this will look like the 40-8 loss to the Eagles in 1994. This is the game that they will remember all year. Looking back, this will be a good thing...or at least that's my hope.
5) Moss: Even tho he wasn't a huge factor, he WAS getting open. That's promising. Alex had alot of garbage around his legs on a number of throws, but so did Ponder and he was able to complete the big passes. Moss will be just fine and this is the same role he will play all year.
6) Whitner: There is one issue tho that concerens me and this stretches back to last year. Any time the Niners cover the TE with Whitner, that TE has a big day. It started with Witten last year. I like Whitner alot, but he can be a liability in coverage. Rudolph is no slouch and he'll be a good player in this league, but Whitner covering TEs is a problem. Then again most team won't have AP in the backfield for Willis/Bowman to worry about.
7) Kyle Williams: Gotta feel good for the guy. He will always be the guy gave up the ball twice in the NFCCG, but his returns SHOULD have made a difference yesterday.
8) Turnovers: Ug. Bad. Uncharacteristic of this team and one of the reasons I'm not really concerned. Frank is Going to fumble from time to time. It happens. Alex got blindsided and has been very good at protecting the ball. The INT tho....woah....that thing sailed on him.
9) Overall thoughts: This game was bound to happen at some point. Everybody losses at least once and good teams usually drop an unexpected game at some point to an inferior opponent. Give it up to the Vikings for a good game plan and playing well. I think the Jets are in trouble though. This team angry is a scary thought.
10) Refs: Bring. Real. Refs. Back. This is freakin' embarassing. I saw several holds of 49er recievers on third down. Then the whole challenge/timeout debacle at the end. I'm not gonna put the loss on the refs. The Vikings won that game, but the officiating is the worst I've seen on any level.