49ers Face, Lose “Trap Game” to Fired-Up Vikings

The San Francisco 49ers ran into what is called a “trap game” this afternoon in Minnesota and came away with their tails between their legs, having absorbed a handy 24-13 whupping at the hands of the highly motivated Vikings.

A trap game is one that comes against an apparently vastly inferior opponent when you’re coming off one or more wins against teams that were expected to defeat you, or at least looked highly challenging on paper. The Niners opened this season with two good, tough wins over NFC North foes, taking it to Green Bay in Week One and then beating an improving Detroit Lions squad in SF, both by eight points.

They were heavily favored this week. The guys at the Bleacher Report laughed the game off the scoreboard, predicting a final score of 31-3. But the Vikings, apparently tired of being taken lightly, ran an impressively long opening drive for a 7-0 lead and were never headed.

Despite the fact that the replacement officials made two horrible decisions late in the game, both in the Niners’ favor and both of which the crew admitted after the game, the Niners looked confused, out of place and out-coached all afternoon.

1 comment for “49ers Face, Lose “Trap Game” to Fired-Up Vikings

  1. Steve
    September 27, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Due to scheduling mis-info on ATT U-Verse, I didn’t get to see anything but the tail end of this game — including A Smith’s interception and fumble. But, I stand by previous comments that 49ers will always be in trouble if the D wavers, running game isn’t productive, & they have to convert on 3rd downs (other than short runs by Gore)….According to box score they were 4/10 on 3rd down conversions bringing them to a season-to-date rate of 33% — somewhere at the cut-off for the bottom 25% in the NFL (although better than their rate last year of 28%). But the season is still young, so they will probably manage to settle in about where they were last year.

    And, once more, Smith barely broke 200 yds in passing — with only about 3 passing plays over 10 yds. As long as the ‘9ers stick with Smith as QB, we can look for more “upsets” like this as the season unfolds. His string without interceptions was mainly due to the fact that he hardly ever throws anything longer than a hand-off. And, the few times he does, neither receivers nor defenders can catch them.