1:00 PM ET, September 28, 2003
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings kept their starting quarterback a secret until just before Sunday's kickoff.Then Gus Frerrote, at least for this game, proved to be a capable backup for Daunte Culpepper.
This team can improve. It'll be difficult without a strong offensive line and injuries up and down the roster. Luckily for the 49ers, none of these injuries seems to be of the season-ending variety, so the injured players will return. On the offensive line, these guys need time to gel together. If they get the chance, then they'll be a better football team.
Question on the Vikings: Given their early performances, is this the league's most-balanced offense?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Tim Rattay played the fourth quarter, throwing a 37-yard touchdown pass to Streets to keep San Francisco from its first shutout since 1977. Garcia has a strained groin, but Erickson said the decision to pull him was based on the score. ... Chavous and Brian Russell each got their fourth interception of the year -- career highs for both. ... Rookies Smith and Burleson scored their first career touchdowns. ... Warren Moon held Minnesota's previous single-game mark for quarterback rating, posting a 152.9 against New Orleans on Nov. 19, 1995. ... Barlow, who had 72 yards on 11 carries, left in the fourth quarter with a strained neck.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.3||6.7|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||5:07||RANDY MOSS 15 YD PASS FROM GUS FREROTTE (AARON ELLING KICK) |
Drive: 9 plays, 72 yds, 5:07
|TD||12:14||ONTERRIO SMITH 5 YD RUN (AARON ELLING KICK) |
Drive: 8 plays, 38 yds, 3:52
|TD||10:21||RANDY MOSS 35 YD PASS FROM GUS FREROTTE (AARON ELLING KICK) |
Drive: 9 plays, 88 yds, 5:52
|TD||14:04||NATE BURLESON 22 YD PASS FROM GUS FREROTTE (AARON ELLING KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 56 yds, :56
|TD||0:08||RANDY MOSS 59 YD PASS FROM GUS FREROTTE (AARON ELLING KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 68 yds, 2:34
|TD||7:23||TAI STREETS 37 YD PASS FROM TIM RATTAY (OWEN POCHMAN KICK) |
Drive: 7 plays, 64 yds, 3:16