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Vikings vs. 49ers Final Score: Minnesota Musters Just Two Field Goals, Loses 17-6 To San Francisco

The Minnesota Vikings began their 2012 preseason schedule with a trip to Candlestick Park on Friday night, and left with a 17-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Vikings only points came via the foot of kicker Blair Walsh, and the team did not score after the 14:10 mark of the second quarter. Neither team scored in the second half.

Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder was four of nine passing for 80 yards in limited work, with back-up signal caller Joe Webb completing just four of 11 passes for 20 yards in his time on the field. The Vikings gained just 208 total yards in the game.

The highlight of the exhibition contest was a 78-yard run on a read option play by San Francisco back-up quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who finished the game with 92 yards rushing on three carries.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers, check out their respective SB Nation blogs at The Daily Norseman and Niners Nation. More news and analysis on the NFL as preseason begins to roll along can be found over at SB Nation's dedicated NFL hub.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.