Fan reactions: 49ers at Vikings post-game thoughts

Sep 27, 2009 at 7:14 PM13

On one play Sunday, the hearts of San Francisco 49ers fans everywhere were broken. The cause of the demoralizing defeat was a familiar foe and a man that always seems to come through with big plays when facing the 49ers. On the Minnesota Vikings' final play of the game, Brett Favre beat the 49ers' defense with a 32-yard pass to Greg Lewis leaving 2 seconds on the clock. That one play turned a reassuring victory into a bitter defeat.

Even though the 49ers are 2-1 after playing three very tough teams, this was a very painful loss. The chance to move to 3-0 after facing the defending NFC Champion Cardinals, Seahawks, and the Favre and Adrian Peterson lead Vikings would have been a huge lift for this team and its fans. After all, the last time the 49ers started a season 3-0 was in 1998, when they finished the season 12-4. The last time they started the season 2-1 was last season, when they finished 7-9.

Head coach Mike Singletary offered the following words to the team after the defeat: "We'll see them again in the playoffs"

On our Facebook Fan Page, we asked fans their thoughts on two aspects of the game. Here are some of their responses. Niner fans, what are your thoughts on the officiating during this week's game?

John L: officiaing sucked, nuff said. Don't think it cost niners the game but it was pretty bad

Matt M: the guys in the stripes were straight up trash today, so many calls went the Vikings way. Tough Loss, but we did well fighting through the adversity! Go Niners

Gene V: Taunting call = BS. It directly played a part in the loss seeing as it gave the Vikings 3(free) points by keeping that drive alive...and they won by 3.

Samantha T: They might as well been NBA refs with the bull they were calling. But the Niners looks good, I'm hurting from the loss, but we'll be back

James B: If not for the piss poor officiating we win!

Steve F: The taunting call Gene mentions really stands out to me as absolute horrid officiating. I'd expect the NFL to release an apology to the team at some point over that call.

Timothy B: we were only 1 play away from the win, if the DEs got one extra step forward we would have won...

Michael P: I'm sad we lost but happy to kno that ap will not run all over our d

Gene V: Or if Mark Roman knew how to play defense that would help don't let a guy get behind you on that or if it happens you push him the hell out, don't assume he's already out. Just pathetic by Roman.

Kyle T: Bad calls on both sides. The taunting was BS also the personal foul blow to the head against hill never happened. Those are just the two i remember

Tony K: tough loss however seahawks lost and if the cardinals lose tonight to the colts we are still up 2 games in the west with the rams next week

Omar O: fair officiating overall nothing to controversial went by on this game.

Joseph H: was at the game, awful ending. good overall game.

Katya V: Did anyone catch the Viking DE in the neutral zone on the first play of the game?! Hello, officials, he was practically in our backfield. Taunting call was BS as was the blow to the head. I swear the officials never watch the same game I watch!

Alex H: Tauting? Don't think so! And what replay were the refs viewing -- every replay I saw he foot was on the line!

Patrick K: Officiating could use some work, they called a few bad calls, but what refs don't? They thing that killed the niners was the horrible offensive play calls... if you can't convert on third downs then you won't win in the NFL. We are lucky it was as close as it was.

Jason W: There was definitely a block in the back on one of those punt returns they didn't call. Don't think it was the percy harvin td?

Ryan J: That taunting call was ridiculous.

Rose E: The officiating was horrible. If this was the best refereeing group, they game and the calls need to be reviewed by their superiors. The 49'ers were the recipients of some very suspect calls.

Fernando C: I agree that there were a lot of homer calls. I saw a lot of neutral zone infractions. I need to watch the replay again 0:29 2nd Qtr but I thought one ball that was almost intercepted and it looked like it bounced off an arm (Spencer) and then caught (Goldson) and run into the endzone.

Aaron B: On the return there was a block to the back right in front of a ref. The calls were terrible and I never say that. That taunting call was ridiculous Niner fans, what are your thoughts on the play calling this week against the Vikings?

Wong S: I give credit to both sides of the ball. Defense held it up and the way you guys played. I rank the Defense in the top 3. Officiating was horrible, but you can't take that away from the way the defensed played. My hats to you all. A game well played. Like Sing said, ' We'll see them in the playoffs'. Let's make sure it goes through CANDLESTICK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jim S: Tough to adjust in an environment like Minn when you lose your bell cow a few plays into the game...I do belive Raye needs to start trusting Hill a bit more, and a bit earlier in the games to open things up. Defensively they were solid once again, tough to defend a 50 yd dart like that, the defender kept the receiver behind him it was just an amazing play. But we contained AP and defended the pass pretty well considering we were on the field for a good chunk of time. Still very encouraging, tough, tough loss but lots of good came out of this game. Now lets hope like hell that Gore's injury is not serious

Alex N: Wrong defense or not, I think we've seen enough of Mark Roman's suck to ever see him play any meaningful minutes again. It's time for that scrub to retire.

Jorge M: I think bad call play on third and long we run the ball when Vikings still had 1 time out left. Raye should have called a short pass to try and get 1st down. Can't give Favre the ball with any time on the clock.


Jeremy R: not impressed with jimmy raye...

Alex N: You're right, Jorge. You have the opportunity to put the game away but you're just too scared to throw the ball. You play tough all game but you lose cuz you start playing scared at the end. Weak.

Matt S: Not of fan of "hand-off up the middle" on 3rd and long.

David L: poor play calling on the last drive...can't expect to get 0 first downs on 3rd down and win a game...Favre's play reminded me of the catch II....they better hope we dont see them in the playoffs!

LaQuanda R: A couple of questionable calls. Especially, the roughing call on Favre. Very suspect. But, in the end it all comes down to making the plays. The 49ers deserved the win, but lost it on a miracle catch. Reminds me of the Giants lost to the Pats in regular season a couple of years ago. That game gave Eli and company the confidence to win it all. We now know that Shaun Hill and the 49ers can hang with anyone, anywhere. We'll see the Vikes in the playoffs!

Kyle T: why all the runs, let hill air it out more

Gus H: Too conservative, more play action. Let Hill play, he has done well so far. Hate prevent defense!

John F: Don't blame Roman. He had coverage. That ball had to be perfectly placed with a great reception and footwork for the TD and it was. GO BACK TO THE NINERS LAST TWO DRIVES. Why keep running up the gut when they're stacked against it? Could have put the game away and gotten our first third down conversion with a simple swing pass or quick crossing pattern. 49ERS PLAYED NOT TO LOSE. You gotta go for the throat there. Step on them when they're down. Put it away!

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  • James Miller
    That last 49er series was just that offensive.Three,three yards and and a cloud of dust oh,boy.Why not a delay of game before the 49er punt?A five yard penalty would not have hurt and it would have taken time off the clock.Wasn't time management something that bit Nolan in the ass? Boardhands Bly did not help either THAT neat interception was a TD it really would have put the game away.I said to myself Oh-Oh that can't be good and damn I was right.If this sticks in the Prospectors craw I hope so, playing pissed off may help.Finis JLM A 49er since 59er
    Sep 30, 2009 at 9:01 PM
  • lilikindsli
    BEzuKB I want to say - thank you for this!
    Sep 29, 2009 at 5:02 PM
  • Corey
    While I agree with Singletary/Raye's offensive Run First approach, it comes to a point that it is predictable. It is okay to be predictable IF the offense has the personnel to accomplish that objective consistently and reliably. Fact is, we don't. And with Gore out, Niners should have prepared better offensively and adjusted the gameplay to the talent, in this case, a higher dose of pass plays to open run lanes for Coffee. The 60/40 mixture of run and pass plays should've been adjusted based on current talent, because Coffee is not Gore. On the last drive that Niners really needed a first down to finish off our opponent, it was run, run, and run plays, when it was already established that Vikings defensive line will stop Niners run. It was too predictable. I already saw the ending before it started. Kootoes to Favre, cause once again, he masterminded and defeated the Niners. Niners last drive was too conservative, too predictable, and unimaginative.
    Sep 28, 2009 at 9:47 PM
  • Butch E
    The loss was due to that same old prevent type of defense crap. Gives the QB/receivers too much time to get open and find them. Rush 5, drop back the rest and get pressure on the QB to make him throw quicker seems to be a better (more logical) approach. Especially the closer they get to the end zone.
    Sep 28, 2009 at 6:10 PM
  • ninersush
    wow man i'm just now able to start looking at anything football again after yesterday. after we lost yesterday i did not watch any football the rest of the day. was just too heartbreaking. i'd rather my gf dump me. that said this game was 100% lost on coaching. i like what sing has done so far. but he needs to let go of this running only mentality. hill has shown some real good passing acumen. sure he's not peyton mannning and won't win like the colts did against the fins, but he is capable of supplementing the run game with a more then adequate passing game. we just need a balanced attack. not this crap. for the first time in nearly a decade i see a team that has that something to just win a game regardless. for the first time in the longest time i felt like we made some progress and have a team that might amount to something. but to see the coaches kill that was what hurt the most. when we had crappy players the crappy coaching was expected. i was kinda taken back to the 90s when we all had that feeling bout the 9ers. then it was snatched away with the neo-conservative running and prevent defense. if playcalling doesnt get better i want a new coach & gm.
    Sep 28, 2009 at 10:03 AM
    look 49ers fans favre should have never been on the feild 3 and 6 to go you run up the middle and not pass.we need to be blaming raye and this play calling we had this game and he played called scared and for mark roman hell yeah in that case you push the hell out of that guy to get him outta of the never give up the back of the endzone like that he needs to be cut
    Sep 28, 2009 at 9:51 AM
  • TCompton
    Tough loss. I think that we did not play well enough to win the game outright, so it's hard for me to feel like they stole the victory from us. Aside from two plays this season, our running game has been sub-par. I'd rather have seen the Niners go for a first down at the end of the game, then to try and prove that we're a "running team"-- because we certainly have not demonstrated that to me.
    Sep 28, 2009 at 9:47 AM
  • rwise44
    On our last possession, we needed to mix in a pass play or two because they didn't expect it. Something safe, just to get the 1st down, as we would earlier in the game. The risk of giving the ball to farve with 2 minutes is worse than just getting the first down. At least we would have been in control. What we did on offense that possesion is not unlike what I see many teams do with the prevent defense when the other team has the ball in a last drive. Wish Raye would have mixed in a safe screen or short flat pass in the mix and advanced the ball like we had.
    Sep 28, 2009 at 8:52 AM
  • Gaverino
    This is not new. All three games the 49ers have had the the ball with about 5:30 left and been unable to run the clock down. Bubble screens, drags routes and slants would all work. That post that Davis consistently beat coverage with would have been demoralizing. Yet we run it up the gut when we've consistently gotten less than 2YD per carry ALL GAME LONG against one of the better defenses in the NFL. Smart playcalling = Winning football. But I'm encouraged by our heart and effort. Singletary is right, "We will be in the playoffs no doubt." f*** Crabtree.
    Sep 28, 2009 at 4:26 AM
  • 49ers545
    jimmy raye is trash.everyone knows were gonna handoff up the gut no matter if theres 10 in the box .its like we throw away downs.we want to run the ball soooo bad but our o line sucks take away franks 2 long ones an we got nothing .when we pass we move the ball why is it so obvious to everyone except jeff hoster oops i mean j raye?have some balls and throw on 3rd to ice the game ,dont be scared it reminded me of marriucci playing 4 a tie instead of a loss.our offense isnt good enough to be so 1 dimensional .mix it up,1st run up the middle 2 yafd loss,2nd down up the middle 3 yard loss,3rd down try to pass blitz incomplete .everyone knows whats coming ,i was worried when they hired him jets running back coach 60 yrs old?yeah its obvious he is just a yes man 0 creativity.forget the officiating ,or the terrible weakness of roman,or a lucky catch ,jimmy raye is the reason is the reason we lost .MIX IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CAN ANYONE SPELL AUDIBLE WHEN THERES 5000 in the box ???????????????
    Sep 28, 2009 at 1:05 AM
  • AkA49er
    It was a gutty performance but we gotta have that killer INSTINCT
    Sep 28, 2009 at 12:45 AM
  • Craig
    prevent offense AND prevent defense cost Niners this game!!! jimmy (jackass)Raye....if you don't trust your qb to throw for first downs when ONE first down would have WON the game ....then why have him back there... just so he can hand off? maybe you should be handed a pink slip on monday morning?? Greg (yellow streak) Manusky...that was Farve, hall of fame qb back there not Jamarcus Russell!! Farve had only one Hail Mary bullet left in his gun with 12 seconds and your chicken sh*t plan to not blitz one extra player allowed him to take TEN seconds to set...take aim find the open man and fire.....maybe you shouild be fired!
    Sep 28, 2009 at 12:24 AM
  • DieHard
    I had a really sick feeling when I saw the 49ers run it on 3rd and long on that last drive. How do you decide that it's a good idea to give a future Hall of Fame QB 1:29 to drive down the field....on a PREVENT defense no less!?!?!?!? Singletary needs to shake the Nolan out of him REAL quick and start trusting his QB. That was a heart breaker and there's no excuse for that one. That loss is 100% on the coaching.
    Sep 27, 2009 at 8:06 PM

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