Brett Favre Makes Short Pre-Season Debut, Minnesota Vikings Lose To San Francisco 49ers

August 23, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

Brett Favre’s ankle looked good on the one drive he participated in Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco got an early touchdown from a rookie, and showed their home fans that their first-teamers can hang with the best there is to offer in the NFC. After finishing 8-8 last season, the team believes they can win the division after having the best NFC West record in 2009 at 5-1. The best USA online sportsbooks set the 49ers as home favorites in Sunday’s contest.

Favre’s Minnesota Vikings lost their second pre-season game of the summer after being held to only two scores by the 49ers defense. They are now 1-1 in the preseason while they prepare their aging quarterback for the rigors of another NFL season. The Vikings lost to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC championship game last season after going 12-4 in the regular season (4-2 in NFC North).

The 49ers started the first drive of the game from their own 30, and worked their way down the field on a 70-yard scoring drive thanks to a few tough runs from rookie Anthony Dixon out of Rutgers. Alex Smith complete all but one of his passes on the drive that ended in a four-yard touchdown run from Dixon. Favre then came out to start the game, and hit Adrian Peterson on a pass out of the backfield for 13 yards. Two plays later, Favre was hit hard by Patrick Willis charging up the middle for a 10-yard loss. After their hearts began to beat again, head coach Brad Childress took Favre out after an Albert Young run up the middle. The rest of the offensive possessions for both teams ended in punts.

The second quarter of play saw the Vikings finally answer the touchdown drive with a 40-yard field goal from Ryan Longwell. Neither team could get a drive going, but several players got an opportunity to make their case for the starting job. Dixon stayed in the game for the 49ers, and Tavaris Jackson saw some time under center for the Vikings. West coast college star Toby Gerhart also saw limited time before the end of the half.

Sage Rosenfels and Nate Davis led their teams under center in the third quarter. Davis proved to be the more affective player when he hit Ted Ginn Jr. on a 60-yard pass play that brought them down to the Minnesota 29-yard line. That set up a Joe Nedney 28-yard field goal that put the 49ers ahead 10-3. Davis will try to earn the backup role over David Carr according to the 2010 San Francisco 49ers season preview.

Nedney led off the fourth quarter with a 31-yard field goal after a Chris Cook fumble recovery for a touchdown was called back. With Joe Webb in at quarterback, the Vikings marched 50 yards down the field in two plays to score their only touchdown of the game. Webb showed his mobility by taking the football up the middle for a 48-yard touchdown run. The rookie out of UAB did not expect to be much of a factor in the competition for the backup role according to the 2010 Minnesota Vikings season preview. The 49ers would score one more time to put the game away when they sacked Webb in his own endzone for the safety.

The 49ers covered the 2 1/2 point spread by defeating the Vikings by three, and the 25 total points scored in the game was not enough to go over the 35 1/2 point line set by Bodog sportsbook.

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