Originally posted by Young2Rice:
We lost because the Defense slept walked through the first half and the offense couldn't recover in the second half.
They took us out of our game and we did not adjust in time.
Couldn't agree more...and I would add that for the first time in the Harbaugh era, the team was out-coached. Minnesota's game plan was much better and the Vikes executed it nearly flawlessly... I had a bad feeling about this game during the week because Ponder had played very well thus far this year and it seemed his team was playing with some confidence. Also, I think AP's remarkable recovery from his knee injury has inspired that team to some extent.
To put it bluntly, the Niners didn't respect their opponent enough and didn't come out with any intensity at all. I was really
disappointed in the teams' effort in this game, especially defensively. Also, it didn't appear that Fangio made any adjustments during the game at all. After the Niners closed to within 17-13 in the second half, the defense allowed the Vikes to go on a long TD drive that switched the momentum back, got the crowd back into the game, and essentially, ended it. If I recall correctly, the Niners didn't blitz once on that drive.
Offensively, the team didn't show any urgency either, even when they were behind by 11 in the fourth quarter. Why not go to a no-huddle? I put that on Harbaugh and Roman frankly. There also seemed to be some confusion about the play calls late in the game too. There is still time to clean all of this up and I know it is hard to maintain strong intensity throughout a long NFL season but this is a game the Niners really should have won....and didn't really come close to winning.
One thing I've learned in my over 40 years of watching the NFL....a team should never, ever assume a road victory....ever.
[ Edited by nw9erfan on Sep 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM ]