Maiocco's Instant Replay: Vikings 24, 49ers 13


Maiocco's Instant Replay: Vikings 24, 49ers 13

MINNEAPOLIS -- The 49ers opened the season with strong showings against teams expected to be atop the NFC North.But their romp through the division came to an end Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings thoroughly out-performed the 49ers in a 24-13 victory in their home dome.Vikings second-year quarterback Christian Ponder made the 49ers' defense look ordinary, and the 49ers' offense could not string anything together against Minnesota.The 49ers (2-1) opened the season with outstanding performances against the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions before falling to a team expected to again finish last in the NFC North. The Vikings were the only team in the division to finish with a losing record last season at 3-13.This was the kind of game in which no area of the 49ers won their battles . . . from coaching to offense, defense and special teams.Costly penalties: The Vikings took a 24-13 lead early in the fourth quarter with a lot of help from the 49ers' defense. The 49ers committed two unnecessary-roughness penalties, including a half-the-distance penalty on safety Dashon Goldson on an uncatchable pass with a shoulder-to-shoulder hit on tight end Kyle Rudolph. Two plays later, Carlos Rogers was called for defensive holding in the end zone. The Vikings scored on Christian Ponder's 2-yard pass to Rudolph.Offensive turnovers: Down 11 points in the fourth quarter, 49ers running back Frank Gore fumbled and gave the Vikings the ball at midfield. The 49ers went 30 regular-season quarters without a turnover on offense, dating back to the second quarter of their Thanksgiving Day game last season against the Baltimore Ravens. The turnovers weren't over yet. Alex Smith, who set a franchise record with 249 straight passes without an interception, saw his streak come to an end as well, as his pass intended for a wide-open Michael Crabtree sailed high and into the hands of Vikings defensive back Josh Robinson. Plays later, after the 49ers recovered a Toby Gerhart fumble, Alex Smith was stripped of the ball on a sack by Jared Allen and the ball was recovered by the Vikings. Three turnovers in all...
Something to Ponder: Ponder made a fantastic 1-yard touchdown throw to Rudolph on a bootleg under pressure from Dashon Goldson in the first quarter on a fourth-down play. Then, Ponder scrambled 23 yards up the middle for a touchdown midway through the second quarter as the Vikings led 17-3 at halftime. Ponder made the vaunted 49ers' defense look ordinary. Ponder completed 15 of 23 passes for 143 yards in the first half.Moss connection: Quarterback Alex Smith tried to get the ball to Randy Moss in the first half, but overshot him high three times on incomplete passes. Moss was making his first appearance in Minnesota as a visiting player. He received a loud reaction -- mostly cheers -- when he was introduced as part of the 49ers' starting lineup. Moss got his first starting assignment with the 49ers on Sunday. Moss had two catches for 15 yards in the first half, but he could've had a lot more.Notes: Kyle Williams gave the 49ers a little life at the opening of the second half with a 94-yard kickoff return to the Vikings' 14-yard line. But the 49ers settled for David Akers' second 29-yard field-goal of the game. He had a 50-yard return at the start of the fourth quarter. . . The 49ers inactive players were QB Scott Tolzien, WRs A.J. Jenkins and Ted Ginn (right ankle), RBs Brandon Jacobs (left knee) and LaMichael James, OL Joe Looney and NT Ian Williams. . . Rookie TE Garrett Celek suited up for the first time, as did OLB Eric Bakhtiari.

49ers snap count: Three RBs share workload with Hyde sidelined

49ers snap count: Three RBs share workload with Hyde sidelined

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers split the playing time among three running backs Sunday with starter Carlos Hyde out of action due to a shoulder injury.

DuJuan Harris, whom the 49ers promoted from the practice squad on Saturday, saw his first action of the season. He played 26 snaps, the most of any of the 49ers’ running backs on Sunday in the team’s 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium.

Harris had 39 yards rushing on 11 attempts. He also caught two passes for 18 yards.

Shaun Draughn played 23 snaps, while Mike Davis started but saw action in only 21 plays. Davis carried seven times for 21 yards and a touchdown. Draughn carried once for 16 yards and led the team in receiving with five catches for 37 yards.

Linebacker Gerald Hodges started for the first time since Week 3. He played 61 snaps, while Michael Wilhoite saw action on 13 plays after losing his spot in the starting lineup. Nick Bellore started alongside Hodges at inside linebacker and was on the field for 74 of the 49ers’ 75 defensive plays.

First-round draft pick DeForest Buckner played 73 of the 49ers’ defensive plays, an unusually high number for a defensive lineman.

Outside linebacker Tank Carradine did not play any snaps on defense. The 49ers signed him to a one-year extension at the beginning of the season that paid out a $1.25 million signing bonus. His cap figure for next season is $2.025 million. Carradine played seven snaps on special teams.

Here’s how the 49ers divided their playing time on offense, defense and special teams on Sunday in their 45-16 loss to the Bills:

70 snaps
70 -- QB Colin Kaepernick, LT Joe Staley, LG Zane Beadles, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Joshua Garnett, RT Trent Brown
61 -- WR Quinton Patton
56 -- WR Torrey Smith
54 -- TE Vance McDonald
41 -- TE Garrett Celek, WR Jeremy Kerley
26 -- RB DuJuan Harris
23 -- RB Shaun Draughn
21 -- RB Mike Davis
14 -- WR Aaron Burbridge
9 -- WR Rod Streater
4 -- TE Blake Bell

75 snaps
75 -- S Eric Reid, CB Tramaine Brock
74 -- LB Nick Bellore
73 -- DL DeForest Buckner
71 -- LB Ahmad Brooks
70 -- S Antoine Bethea
62 -- CB Rashard Robinson
61 -- LB Gerald Hodges
48 -- LB Aaron Lynch
47 -- DL Arik Armstead
41 -- DL Quinton Dial
40 -- CB Jimmie Ward
26 -- LB Eli Harold
17 -- DL Mike Purcell
14 -- DL Tony Jerod-Eddie
13 -- LB Michael Wilhoite
9 -- S Jaquiski Tartt
7 -- DL Ronald Blair
2 -- CB Keith Reaser

Special teams
27 -- Dontae Johnson, Shayne Skov
21 -- Wilhoite
20 -- Burbridge
17 -- Streater, Purcell
16 -- Celek
15 -- Bell
13 -- Draughn
12 -- Bellore
11 -- Bradley Pinion, Davis
10 -- Dial, Tartt
9 -- Kyle Nelson, Reaser
7 -- Tank Carradine, Harris, Reid, Brooks, Ward, Harold
5 -- Phil Dawson, Robinson, Hodges, Lynch
3 -- Andrew Tiller, JaCorey Shepherd, Beadles, Staley, Brown, Garnett, Kerley
2 -- Blair

Did not play
QB Blaine Gabbert
C Marcus Martin

Not active
QB Christian Ponder
WR Keshawn Martin
CB Marcus Cromartie
RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder)
T John Theus
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DL Glenn Dorsey (knee)

Report: 49ers seek first-round pick for Staley

Report: 49ers seek first-round pick for Staley

If the 49ers are active at the NFL trade deadline on Nov. 1, the organization figures to be sellers.

With a 1-6 record, mired in a six-game losing streak and seemingly fielding a less-competitive team every week, the 49ers do not figure to be in the buying market with the trade deadline approaching.

Left tackle Joe Staley, 32, one of the team’s few players who would be attractive to a contender, is available for a first-round draft pick, according to Pro Football Talk. The report cited a “source with knowledge of the dynamics.”

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is also on the trade market for a second-round pick, according to the report. The teams mentioned with potential interest in acquiring Staley or Thomas are the Vikings, Giants, Cardinals, Seahawks and Patriots, reports PFT.

Staley has a base salary of $5.4 million this season. His pay increases to $8.95 million next season, including $8.25 million in base salary. He is signed through the 2019 season.

Staley, a first-round draft pick in 2007, has been selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls.

If the 49ers trade Staley, it could open the way for right tackle Trent Brown to move to the left side. The only other tackle on the roster is rookie John Theus. Veteran guard Zane Beadles is also capable of playing tackle.

The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. (PT). The 49ers enter their bye week after Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team’s next game is Nov. 6 against the New Orleans Saints.