Vikings Beat 49ers, 24-13

It was a shocker in Minnesota as the Vikings beat the 49ers, 24-13

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    Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers attempts a pass against the Minnesota Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 23, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

    Christian Ponder threw two touchdown passes to tight end Kyle Rudolph and ran for another score to help the Vikings hand the 49ers their first defeat, 24-13 on Sunday.

    After a dominant start to their NFC North tour by decisively beating playoff teams Green Bay and Detroit, the 49ers (2-1) were beaten in every way by the team least likely to do so.

    The Vikings (2-1) began the game boldly with a fourth-and-goal touchdown pass by Ponder to his Rudolph. They finished strong by forcing three turnovers and two punts by the 49ers in the fourth quarter.

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