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49ers Vs. Vikings 2012 Reaction: Minnesota Fans Have Reason To Be Excited

The Minnesota Vikings upset the San Francisco 49ers in the shocker of the weekend, 24-13.

Led by the effort of quarterback Christian Ponder, the Vikings managed to score 24 points against the touted San Francisco defense. Ponder threw for only 198 yards but added two touchdown passes as well as another rushing touchdown. After three weeks, the Vikings are in the thick of things in the NFC North. It may be early, but, writes Ted Glover of SB Nation's Minnesota Vikings blog, Daily Norseman, Vikings fans truly do have a reason to be excited.

That was a great team victory, and it might be a season defining one. We now know that the Vikings can play with the best the NFC has to offer...and win. To me, this re-casts the season in a different light, and although you might think that this was a fluke win, I do not...After three weeks, this is a team that can contend for a division title. Yeah, I said it. And I'm not taking it back.

The Vikings head to Detroit next week to face the 1-2 Lions.

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