When the Minnesota Vikings selected Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder with the 12th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, most experts were perplexed by what they thought to be a bit of an overdraft. And after he completed just 54.3 percent of his passes and threw just 13 touchdowns to 13 interceptions in his rookie campaign, it was believed that Ponder had a lot of growing up to do in an NFL sense. In 2012, Ponder has shown the effects of an accelerated growth program. Through his first two games, Ponder had the NFL's best completion percentage, hitting the mark on 75.8 percent of his throws. However, he had done so against the relatively weak defenses of the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars, and those same doubters were sure to assume that Ponder would struggle far more against the tough defense of the San Francisco 49ers. If Ponder did struggle, it wasn't evident. He completed 21 of 35 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions, leaving him without a single pick this season. Ponder managed the game marvelously, making key throws under pressure, and he also ran for a 23-yard score as the Vikings upset the 49ers, 24-13. Minnesota's much-maligned...