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.