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  • SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGSSUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2009

    SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGSSUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012

  • 2012 VIKINGS SCHEDULEREGULAR SEASON

    Date Opponent Time (CT) TV9/9 (Sun.) JACKSONVILLE W 26-23 OT 1-09/16 (Sun.) at Indianapolis L 23-20 1-19/23 (Sun.) SAN FRANCISCO Noon FOX9/30 (Sun.) at Detroit Noon FOX10/7 (Sun.) TENNESSEE 3:25 p.m. CBS10/14 (Sun.) at Washington 3:25 p.m. FOX10/21 (Sun.) ARIZONA Noon FOX10/25 (Thurs.) TAMPA BAY 7:20 p.m. NFL N.11/4 (Sun.) at Seattle 3:05 p.m. FOX11/11 (Sun.) DETROIT Noon FOX11/18 (Sun.) Bye11/25 (Sun.) at Chicago Noon* FOX12/2 (Sun.) at Green Bay Noon* FOX12/9 (Sun.) CHICAGO Noon* FOX12/16 (Sun.) at St. Louis Noon* FOX12/23 (Sun.) at Houston Noon* FOX12/30 (Sun.) GREEN BAY Noon* FOX*Game time subject to change/fl exible schedulingAll preseason and regular season games will be radio broadcast on KFAN-FM (100.3) and KTCN-AM (1130)

    2012 IMPORTANT NFL DATESSeptember 20-24 2012 Regular Season Week 3October 16 Trade DeadlineJanuary 5-6, 2013 Wild Card Playoff sJanuary 12-13, 2013 Divisional Playoff sJanuary 20, 2013 Conference Championship GamesJanuary 27, 2013 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, Honolulu, HawaiiFebruary 3, 2013 Super Bowl XLVII, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

    STAT OF THE WEEKPercy Harvin’s 387 combined net yards is a team record in the fi rst 2 games to open the season. 1) 387, Percy Harvin, 2012 2) 352, Troy Williamson, 2006 3) 339, Sammy White, 1976 4) 324, Gene Washington, 1969 5) 314, Adrian Peterson, 2009

    WEEK THREE - SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGSSUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 - MALL OF AMERICA FIELD - NOON CDT - FOX

    The Minnesota Vikings (1-1) will meet the San Francisco 49ers (2-0) for the 45th time on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at Mall of America Field. The 49ers hold a 22-21-1 advantage all-time over the Vikings. In a rematch of preseason opponents, Sunday’s matchup pits 2 teams who are in early ties for a lead in their respective divisions.

    In Week 3 of the 2009 season, the last time the 49ers traveled to Minneapolis, the Vikings edged the 49ers, 27-24, on a TD pass from Brett Favre to Greg Lewis with :02 seconds left. Vikings Special Assistant to the Head Coach/Linebackers Coach Mike Singletary and 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh were teammates with the Chicago Bears from 1987-92 before they both went on to hold the head coaching position for the 49ers. Although Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier is a Bears alum, he did not play with Harbaugh.

    GAME SUMMARY

    * Statistical assistance throughout the Vikings weekly release is provided by Nick Stamm & Stats, Inc.

    WEEK

    BROADCAST COVERAGE TELEVISION: FOX (Channel 9 in Twin Cities)Play-By-Play: Kenny Albert Analyst: Daryl Johnston Sideline Reporter: Tony Siragusa

    RADIO: KFAN-FM 100.3/KTCN-AM 1130Play-by-Play: Paul Allen Analyst: Pete BercichSideline Reporter: Greg ColemanPre-Game Show: Mike Mussman – 10:00 a.m. CSTKFAN and KTCN serve as the fl agship stations for the 72-station, 5-state Vikings Radio Network.

    * Vikings WR Percy Harvin had a career-high 12 receptions last week and has caught 18 of the 21 passes thrown his way in 2012. Harvin’s 18 receptions are the most by a Viking through the fi rst 2 games of a season passing Cris Carter (1997) and Randy Moss (2002), who each recorded 17.

    * Vikings QB Christian Ponder leads the NFL with 75.8% completion percentage.

    * On 1st and 2nd downs, Ponder has thrown for 339 yards, 1 TD, completed 32-of-40 pass attempts and has a passer rating of 110.3 in 2012.

    * Vikings WR Michael Jenkins will look to extend his streak of 54 consecutive games with a reception in which he’s played in.

    * The Vikings are tied for 3rd in the NFL with 7 kickoff touchbacks and sit in a tie for 4th in average opponent starting position after kickoff (19.4 yardline).

    * With 1 FG of 50+ yards, Vikings K Blair Walsh will set the team record with 3 consecutive games with a 50+ yard FG. Only Walsh and Fuad Reveiz have 2 straigh games with a 50+ yarder.

    * The Vikings 54 sacks since the the start of the 2011 season is tied for 1st in the NFL. During that same time span, the Vikings rank 1st in the NFL with 16 fumble recoveries.

    * From 2003-12, Vikings DT Kevin Williams trails only 49ers DT Justin Smith in sacks by defensive tackles. Smith has tallied 57.5 sacks while Williams has recorded 54.5.

    * Vikings LB Erin Henderson has led or shared the team lead in tackles each of the fi rst 2 games with 13 in each contest. Henderson also leads the team in sacks (2.0) and tackles for loss (4.0).

    * The Vikings are seeking their 5th straight home win against the 49ers.

    * The Vikings are 7-3-1 all time against the 49ers in the month of September

    * The Vikings face their fi rst NFC opponent in 2012 after opening up against 2 AFC opponents to begin the season for the fi rst time since 1988.

    * Vikings rookie FB Rhett Ellison’s father, Riki Ellison, played LB for the 49ers from 1983-89, help-ing San Francisco to 3 Super Bowl titles.

    WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • W E E K 3 - 4 9 E R S A T V I K I N G S

    HEAD COACH LESLIE FRAZIER

    NFL Head Coach: 2nd YearOverall NFL Experience: 20th YearCoaching Experience: 25th YearOverall NFL Record: 7-17-0 (.291)Regular Season: 7-17-0 (.291)Postseason: 0-0 (.000)Record with MIN: 7-17-0 (.291) Leslie Frazier begins his 2nd full season as Head Coach of the Vikings in 2012 with a core of young talent in place and a team motivated for success. With the unique perspective of a Super Bowl winner as a player and coach, Frazier has a proven

    track record of success. His 1st title came as a starting CB with the 1985 Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX. Frazier marks his 14th season as an NFL coach in 2012 and has another 11 years of collegiate coaching experience. In his 13 seasons as an NFL coach, Frazier has coached on 7 playoff teams and been a part of 6 division championships.

    Entering 2012, the Vikings have added talent and improved the depth on the roster. The club selected T Matt Kalil with the #4 pick in the Draft and traded up to select S Harrison Smith at #29, giving the club a rare pair of 1st-rounders and took CB Josh Robinson with their 3rd-round choice. Kalil is the Vikings highest draft pick since Hall of Famer Chris Doleman at #4 in 1985 and the 2nd-highest off ensive lineman drafted in team history behind Hall of Famer Ron Yary at #1 in 1968. Smith is only the 3rd DB selected in the 1st round in Vikings history. Key free agent pickups TE John Carlson and WR Jerome Simpson give the club more off ensive fi repower.

    Since taking over as Head Coach for the fi nal 6 games of the 2011 season Frazier has had to contend with injuries to marquee players and a QB position that was in fl ux before 1st-rounder Christian Ponder took control of the job. The Vikings of 2011 fl ashed the talent that is in place on the roster but struggled with inconsistency and injuries during a 3-13 campaign. Individually, DE Jared Allen came close to NFL history with a 22.0-sack season, breaking the Vikings record and coming within reach of the NFL’s single-season mark. Allen was recognized with an Associated Press 1st-Team All-Pro nod and a starter’s job in the Pro Bowl. He was joined at the Pro Bowl by LB Chad Greenway, who marked the 3rd of the past 4 Vikings’ 1st-round draft picks to earn Pro Bowl honors. Off ensively, Percy Harvin showed his dynamic playmaking ability as he set Vikings records for rushing yards by a WR, returned his Vikings-record 4th career kickoff for a TD and set career-highs for receiving. Rookie TE Kyle Rudolph earned All-Rookie with his 3 TDs in the 2nd half of the season and gave a glimpse into the future with his receiving skill.

    2010 SeasonFrazier, who originally joined the Vikings in 2007 as Defensive Coordinator and added Assistant Head Coach to his title in 2008, notched a 3-3 record on an interim basis, including a 2-1 mark on the road after the team had lost nine consecutive away games. His steady and consistent personality and coaching style helped the Vikings prepare under unprecedented circumstances over the fi nal four weeks of the season. In that time the Vikings were forced to play home games at Detroit’s Ford Field and the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium following the roof collapse at Mall of America Field at the Metrodome in early December. Following the chaotic two weeks, the team experienced a two-day delay of a Sunday Night Football game at Philadelphia, playing a Tuesday night game instead and turning a routine road trip into a three-night extended stay.

    The Vikings 2010 defense ended the season ranked #8 in the NFL, the third consecutive season the Vikings ranked in the top 10 in total defense for the fi rst time since 1992-94. The unit scored touchdowns on turnovers in the fi nal two games of the season on a fumble return and an interception return. Vikings DE Jared Allen led the team with 11.0 sacks and anchored a defensive line that allowed only 10 rushing TDs. Fellow defensive lineman DT Kevin Williams notched his sixth career Pro Bowl appearance, while LB Chad Greenway led the team for the second straight year with 149 tackles.

    Off ensively, the Vikings were stifl ed by injuries and started three quarterbacks during the season. RB Adrian Peterson continued to excel, gaining 1,298 yards on the ground and scoring 12 rushing TDs. His 1,298 yards rank as the 5th-highest total in team history, giving Peterson four of the top fi ve yardage totals in Vikings annals. Peterson’s 12 rushing TDs were tied as the 4th-most in the NFL, and his 52 career rushing TDs are now tied for the most in Vikings history. Peterson was honored with his fourth straight Pro Bowl appearance.

    Prior to being named Interim Head Coach, Frazier served as the Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator for the team beginning in 2007. He played a key role in the team’s consecutive NFC North titles and the most wins in the NFC over the 2008 and 2009 seasons (22). Frazier’s defensive units have ranked in the top 10 in each of the last three seasons (#6 in 2008, #6 in 2009, #8 in 2010) while notching 162 sacks from 2007-10, the 5th-most of any NFL team during that

    HEAD COACH LESLIE FRAZIERtime. Under Frazier, the Vikings defense allowed the 2nd-fewest rushing yards per game (85.1 avg.) and the 9th-fewest points per game (20.4 avg.) in the NFL over the last four years.

    With the unique perspective of a Super Bowl winner as a player and a coach, Frazier has a proven track record of success. His fi rst title came as a starting cornerback with the 1985 Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX and he later won Super Bowl XLI as a defensive backs coach with the Indianapolis Colts. In his 12 seasons as an NFL coach, and with 11 years of collegiate experience prior to that, Frazier has suff ered a losing season only twice - his fi rst year with Philadelphia in 1999 and the Vikings 2010 season. He has coached on seven playoff teams in his 12 NFL seasons and has been a part of six division championships.

    Frazier has also helped his players achieve at a high level and has now had four players earn NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in the past four seasons. He has coached fi ve players to 10 Pro Bowl appearances since joining the Vikings.

    2009 SeasonIn 2009, the Vikings used a dynamic front line to continue their tradition of stopping the run and putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The unit ranked #2 in the NFL against the run after leading the league for the previous three seasons. The Vikings tied for the NFL lead by allowing only fi ve rushing touchdowns, and the team’s NFL-best 48 sacks were the 5th-most in team history. DE Jared Allen led the way with 14.5 sacks and was recognized - along with fellow defensive lineman DT Kevin Williams - as an Associated Press First Team All-Pro. Allen, Williams and CB Antoine Winfi eld were all named to the 2010 Pro Bowl.

    2008 Season The previous year, Frazier’s unit ranked #6 in overall defense and #1 against the run, making the Vikings the fi rst squad since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger to lead the league in rushing defense for three consecutive seasons (2006-08). The team’s #6 rank in total defense was the highest since the 1994 seasons and was a 14-position swing from the #20 ranking in 2007. The dominant defensive line also showed prowess as pass rushers, with Allen tying for 5th in the NFL with 14.5 sacks and the team total of 45 sacks ranking 4th. The Vikings ranked 3rd in the NFL by allowing only a 33.5% conversion rate on third downs and were 5th in the NFL by allowing just 15.8 off ensive points per game.

    The 2008 squad featured four Pro Bowl players, including three defensive linemen with Jared Allen, Kevin Williams and DT Pat Williams. CB Antoine Winfi eld also earned his fi rst trip to the all-star game.

    2007 SeasonIn his debut season with the Vikings in ‘07, Frazier helped the Vikings maintain their dominance against the run as they posted the #1 rush defense in the NFL for the second straight year, allowing a mere 3.1 yards per carry. The unit gave up just 74.1 yards per game on the ground and allowed only one opposing running back to break the 100-yard mark.

    Frazier’s defense was opportunistic, scoring on six interception returns to tie a Vikings record and adding a pair of TDs on fumble recoveries. The Vikings six scores by interception returns ranked as the 5th-most in NFL history. The team scored on three INTs in a key road game against the N.Y. Giants to set a team record against the eventual Super Bowl XLII champions.

    The Vikings defense responded to new faces and new positions with impressive performances in 2007. THe team was led in tackles by E.J. Henderson’s career-high 155 tackles in his fi rst season playing middle linebacker since 2004. Henderson added career-bests in sacks (4.5) and tackles for a loss (14). The Vikings linebacking crew entered 2007 with only Ben Leber playing his same position from the previous year. One of the most impressive individual performances came from 2nd-year LB Chad Greenway, who missed his 2006 rookie season with a knee injury but came back in ‘07 to rank 2nd on the team with 130 tackles, lead the NFL with four fumble recoveries and have a pair of interceptions, including one that he returned for his fi rst career TD.

    Coach2011-Present ............... Minnesota Vikings ...................Head Coach2010* .............................. Minnesota Vikings ................... Interim Head Coach2007-10 ......................... Minnesota Vikings ...................Defensive Coordinator2005-06 ......................... Indianapolis Colts ....................Defensive Backs2003-04 ......................... Cincinnati Bengals ...................Defensive Coordinator1999-02 ......................... Philadelphia Eagles .................Defensive Backs1997-98 ......................... University of Illinois.................Defensive Backs1988-96 ......................... Trinity International Univ. .....Head CoachPlayer1981-86 ......................... Chicago Bears ...........................Cornerback1977-80 ......................... Alcorn State ...............................Defensive Back

    * Named Interim Head Coach for fi nal six games.

    FRAZIER’S COACHING/PLAYING BACKGROUND

  • W E E K 3 - 4 9 E R S A T V I K I N G S

    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier

    Good afternoon guys. We had a chance to go back and look at that tape this morning, defi nitely a tough loss on the road. I like the fi ght our guys showed getting back in that ball game after getting off to a slow start, battling and battling to put ourselves in a position where we had a chance at the end but just couldn’t get it done. The good news for us is that we didn’t lose anyone to any signifi cant injuries, Brian Robison banged up his elbow a little bit. Turns out that Erin Henderson should be fi ne, there was nothing serious there. Percy [Harvin] just had some cramps, he should be fi ne. Other than that we should be good health-wise. We just didn’t play well enough on the road and clean enough as a team to get a road win. We have to go back and go through the tape with our players and talk through some of those situations and try to get better. We have to get better for our next ball game.

    Q: How do you rectify the penalty issues?A: You keep harping on the importance of not doing things that are self-infl icted. We had done a pretty good job a week before and we have to get back to that this next week. We’ll harp on it again this week in practice and we’ll have to do better in that area.

    Q: How diffi cult is it with the replacement offi cials and not knowing their parameters?A: There could be wide-ranging answers to that. We have to make sure we’re doing the things that are necessary to play within the rules. We have offi cials at our practice, we go through with our players what holding is, what constitutes as a personal foul, what’s off sides, what’s encroachment. We got through all of those things. It’s up to us when we get in game situations to do the right things and there were times yesterday when we didn’t and it cost us.

    Q: Did they explain what happened on the foul that Jasper Brinkley drew and the Colts replayed fi rst down and it should have gone to second down?A: I know exactly what you’re talking about but no we did not.

    Q: Would you send that into the league?A: Yes we will.

    Q: Is it bigger than usual to send those tapes into the league now? A: No, they still have the same rules in place as for what numbers we can send as they did with the previous offi cials.

    Q: Did Jared Allen’s personal foul look like one to you?A: Great hustle on his part, he was running all day trying to catch up to that quarterback. Just have to have a little awareness of where you are on the fi eld; it looks like he kind of lost where he was on the fi eld. I liked the eff ort, I like what he was trying to get accomplished, but just have a little awareness of where you are on the fi eld and probably have to pull up in that situation.

    Q: With how much these guys are coached to play hard, with the penalties like that one, is there a way to balance that?A: Well you’re right, we coach them to play hard and what Jared was doing on that particular play is exactly what you want to see from an eff ort standpoint, but there is a balance. You want to play smart, you have to have a little recognition in certain situations and adhere to when you’re possibly crossing that line. That’s when you have to play smart.

    Q: When you drop the two deep defense and the linebackers deep on the Reggie Wayne touchdown, how is that supposed to work on paper?A: What should happen is our ‘Mike’ linebacker should be in the middle of the fi eld contesting that play and making it a diffi cult completion, if it’s going to be a completion, for that wide receiver or tight end, whoever that is that the quarterback is throwing to. That’s the way it’s designed, for the middle linebacker, and our safeties, to converge and be factors as well.

    Q: The linebacker is almost being asked to do something that they can’t do physically, covering a receiver 30 yards outs, is the safety supposed to help him more?A: You should get some safety help depending on what happens with the rest of the routes. You do it because you’ve done it enough to where you know that the linebacker can make the play, along with safety help, and we got neither in that instance. It’s designed where the linebacker will get late help from the safety.

    Q: With the pressure from the line, are they getting out of their lane zones to create opportunities for the quarterback to get upfi eld?A: One of the good things about yesterday was that we were constantly in the backfi eld with the D-line whether it was Brian [Robison], Jared [Allen] or Everson [Griff en], they did a great job of fl ushing the quarterback out of the pocket a number of times. Of course he made some plays on the run which hurt us, but we have to do a little better job of being aware of where the next guy is. The things that we were trying to accomplish for the most part we got done, we just couldn’t always get him down. The time that Brian had him in the endzone could have been a possible safety. You have to give their quarterback some credit, he did a good job. We had some opportunities to get him on the ground and we couldn’t.

    Q: Were you surprised with Andrew Luck’s awareness back there?A: I don’t know if I would say surprised to a degree, but being a rookie, he showed a lot of poise and good instincts; being able to feel the pressure. There were a couple times that I don’t think he saw our guys coming and he moved a little bit, he did a good job.

    Q: When you look at some of the sacks Christian Ponder took, is he holding onto the ball too long or are the receivers not getting open?A: I think on one occasion, it was defi nitely we didn’t have anyone for him to get the ball to and we just have to handle that a little bit diff erent. For the most part, he’s doing the right things with the ball. We had some breakdowns in protection. We had a couple of times where we didn’t have anyone open and he was stuck with the ball. For the most part, he made good decisions with the ball. You hate to see the sack caused-fumble. You’d like to do a little bit better job in that situa-tion. You don’t want to turn the ball over, fi nd a way to get it out of my hands in that instance. For the most part, he’s done a good job back there.

    Q: Jared Allen came out for two plays after the personal foul penalty. Was that to calm him down or was it just to make a change?A: We’re trying to take some reps off of him and we were doing it there as well. We’re doing the same thing with Kevin (Williams), trying to rotate some diff erent guys in. It’s just part of the rotation.

    Q: Does the slow starts by the off ense concern you and how do you avoid digging yourself a hole in the fi rst half?A: It’s something we’re going to talk about. You like the fact that we’re fi nding our groove as the game goes on but we’d like to get started earlier. We talked about that during the week. On the road, you really don’t want to get the home crowd involved, especially when it’s their home-opener and we’re moving the ball on off ense in the fi rst half but we weren’t fi nishing with touchdowns. Those fi eld goals, if they were touchdowns, maybe the game is a little bit diff erent early on, but it is something we have to go back and keep looking at this week. We’re going to be playing at home. We want to get off to a fast start on off ense and defense along with special teams and have our fans in the game early. We’d like to get off to a fast start.

    Q: Are there things that can be done to get the ball downfi eld?A: We think Devin (Aromashodu) and Michael (Jenkins) can make some plays for us downfi eld. We think Stephen Burton has the capability of doing that as well.

    FROM THE HEAD COACH

  • W E E K 3 - 4 9 E R S A T V I K I N G S

    We’re going to continue to take some shots. We took a shot yesterday with Michael. We expect to do it again in this ball game against San Francisco and we think that those guys can come up with some plays for us down the fi eld. Obviously, Percy is still a big play guy for us. We get the ball to him in diff erent ways but other receivers, we still have confi dence that they can make some plays down the fi eld.

    Q: Is there consideration to do more hurry-up off ense even if it’s not necessarily needed?A: We’ll look at it. We do have some no-huddle in our off ense but we’ll take a look at what we’re doing and how we’re doing it and what’s going to give us the best chance to succeed this next weekend. We’re going to explore all avenues. We want to get off to a faster start for sure.

    Q: Is John Carlson still behind?A: I don’t think so. I think physically, he is fi ne now. He has a pretty good understanding of what we’re asking him to do on off ense. No, his absence as far as produc-tion, I don’t think it has anything to do with not being up to speed. He’s pretty much where we need him to be right now. It’s just a matter of fi nding an opportunity for him. We tried some things and it just didn’t work out for him yesterday but we’re looking for him and we do expect him to be a contributor as we go forward.

    Q: Is this the number of snaps you expected for him after all of the talk of the two tight end off ense?A: We do want to expand it as we go. He got more snaps in this ball game than he did in the fi rst ball game and we’ll probably do the same next week, just try to continue to increase. We do want to make him a little bit more of a focal point. We had some things they took away that we had for him but we’ll keep exploring. We think he has the potential to really be an explosive player for us in our off ense.

    Q: When do you have to make roster move for when Jerome Simpson returns next Monday? Do you have any leeway? A: No, once we activate him, in that 24, 48-hour span, we’ll have to let someone go once we decide.

    Q: In order for him to be able to practice Wednesday?A: In order for him to have that Wednesday practice, yeah.

    Q: Are you going to take a receiver off the roster or are you looking at other positions?A: We’ll decide or talk about it a little bit later on.

    Q: What was the coverage you played on that last completion they had to Reggie Wayne? Was there too much cushion?A: We ran a zone-pressure and we were in something like a 3 Deep behind the zone pressure and I’d like for Josh (Robinson) to push it a little bit more. We think that would help him but the pressure is what you’re counting on and we didn’t get enough pressure. They recognized it. They did a good job of blocking the pres-sure so he is under the gun a little bit in that situation. You’re calling it to get pressure on the quarterback. We didn’t get good pressure.

    Q: Is there anything overall that concerns you about the defense the most?A: We’d like to be better in two-minute. We’re not doing very well right now in two minutes, at two minutes before the half, at two minutes at the end of the game. That’s glaring so we have to do better. The way our team is built, we’re going to play a lot of close games. We’ve talked about that all along with our guys and we have to play good two minute off ense, good two minute defense, good red zone defense, good red zone off ense. Two minutes, yeah, we have to do better in that area.

    Q: What is the etiquette on kneel downs at the end of the game?A: For us, is there an etiquette? I don’t know if there is an etiquette. I don’t know if there is. We know what we would do but I’ve never sat and told our guys, ‘Hey, if they take a kneel down or we take a kneel down, this is what the expectations are.’ I don’t think we’ve ever really went into detail about what should happen when that play happens.

    Q: What went into the decision to have Marcus Sherels return the kick at the end of the half instead of Percy Harvin?A: I wanted Percy to be fresh for our two-minute drill. I told Mike Priefer that I wanted him to be ready for our two-minute and let Marcus take it. That was it. As far as bringing it out, we gave him some parameters, all the returners, about what the depth is that they can bring it out and what the parameters are. Marcus made a decision and we support that decision. We got it back to, I think, the 16 as opposed to starting at the 20. That was the reason why Percy wasn’t back there.

    Q: Is there any thought of giving Percy Harvin some time off during the week to let him recuperate?A: We do have to be conscious of how much we are using him and what we’re doing with him when we go through a week of practice as we get further into the season, but we’re always talking to him, talking to Adrian [Peterson] and talking to other guys who we utilize quite a bit in ball games, as to where they are health-wise and making sure that on Sundays they are ready to go so we’ll always be in communication with Percy about his health and where he is and what we need to do that week for him to be ready to play on Sunday.

    Q: So at this point there are no concerns with him?A: Nope. Not to this point. Other than the way he plays, you always have to conscious of his numbers, number of hits he takes, he’s not a big guy in stature, but he plays big so we’re always aware of the number of hits he’s taking, how many touches he’s getting in a ball game, whether it be kickoff or at wide receiver or running back.

    Q: Adrian kind of came back to earth during the second game. Was he feeling OK or were the opportunities just not there?A: He’s feeling pretty good. We started off running the ball well early in the game. We were getting fi ve or six yards a clip but it was nothing to do with him. He felt good, we just couldn’t stay with the run game because of where we were in the second half of the game but he did well in the time he was out there.

    Q: What can you do to get a sense of urgency early or to get an early start?A: We’ve done a good job these fi rst two weeks, although the fi rst half I think we had it with 1:41 and we ended up going three-and-out and we had an opportu-nity, we missed that seven route, but our two-minute off ense has been good for us. We have to look at what we’re doing as a whole on off ense and see what we need to do to get a faster start. It would really help us, especially this week at home, to get off to a faster start at home. We’ll look at everything we’re doing and try to come up with a good plan that will help us to get off to a faster start.

    Q: Considering what Percy Harvin is doing for you, how hard is it to limit his snaps?A: Man, he’s off to a great start for us, no question about it. It’s working just like we wanted it to when we sat down this off season and talked about being able to utilize his strengths and it is tough to take him off the fi eld but we have to be smart. It’s a long, long season and he is a primary weapon for us on off ense. That’s obvious to opposing defenses, but we don’t want to overextend him, but at the same time, we have to utilize his talents and we’re trying to be judicious in doing that but he’s such a gifted guy, as you mentioned. It’s hard to have him sit over there for any length of time so we have to be smart as we go along.

    Q: A lot of guys like to get in a rhythm, so how do you have to counteract that? A: To some degree you do. He’s one of those guys who wants to be out there. He wants to return every kick, he wants to catch every ball, he wants to get the handoff s. We’re the ones who have to be smart on how to use him and know that we need him for not only this game, but for many games so it’s a fi ne line. He’s so valuable to us but we also know, the way he plays, he’s going to have some collisions on a regular basis so it’s a fi ne line trying to have that balance.

    FROM THE HEAD COACH

  • W E E K 3 - 4 9 E R S A T V I K I N G S

    VIKINGS-49ERS GAME INFORMATION

    NFL Head Coach: 2nd YearOverall NFL Experience: 4th YearCoaching Experience: 18th YearOverall NFL Record: 15-3-0Regular Season: 15-3-0Postseason: 1-1Record with SF: 15-3-0Record vs. MIN: 0-0College: Michigan (‘86)

    Jim Harbaugh enters his second season as head coach after leading the 49ers to a 13-3 regular season record, its best since 1997, and a NFC West Division title, its fi rst since 2002, last year. The consensus NFL Coach of the Year also led his squad to its fi rst appearance in the NFC Championship game since 1998. Known to routinely defl ect all credit for success to his players, Harbaugh had a great deal to be proud of in 2011. San Francisco boasted a league-high fi ve First-Team Associated Press All-Pros - DT Justin Smith, LB Patrick Willis, LB NaVorro Bowman, K David Akers and P Andy Lee (Justin Smith as a DE , LT Joe Staley and CB Carlos Rogers were named to the Second Team). The 49ers also posted a NFL-high nine Pro Bowl selections – Smith, Willis, Akers, Lee, Rogers, Staley, S Dashon Goldson, RB Frank Gore, and LS Brian Jennings. Harbaugh joined the 49ers after a four-year stint as the head coach at Stanford University, composing the biggest turnaround in school history over a four-year span (2007-10). He posted a 20-6 record over the last two seasons, which included a historic 12-1 season (2010) that was punctuated by an Orange Bowl win in the fi rst Bowl Championship Series bowl appearance in school history. Harbaugh orchestrated two of the highest scoring teams in school history, three of the top four rushing teams in program history and back-to-back bowl appearances for the fi rst time since 1995 and ’96. Along his coaching trail, Harbaugh served stints as the head coach at the University of San Diego (2004- 06) and as an off ensive assistant with the Oakland Raiders (2002-03). As a fi rst round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 1987, Harbaugh played for fi ve teams over 15 seasons and ranks in the NFL’s top-50 in two career passing categories - completions (41st) and pass attempts (45th). As a player, he helped lead the University of Michigan to two bowl appearances, garnering Big Ten Player of the Year honors.

    HARBAUGH LEADS THE 49ERS VIKINGS-49ERS CONNECTIONSVIKINGS-49ERS CONNECTIONS • Vikings Off ensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave played QB for the 49ers from

    1991-94 and served as the backup to Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young. Musgrave was a member of the 49ers that won Super Bowl XXIX.

    • Vikings Special Assistant to the Head Coach/Linebackers Coach Mike Sin-gletary received his fi rst head coaching experience with the 49ers after fi lling in on an interim basis for the fi nal 9 games of the 2008 season. After dropping the fi rst 2 games, Singletary led the team to a 5-2 record and was named the 49ers Head Coach for the 2009 season.

    • Vikings Wide Receivers Coach George Stewart spent 1996-2002 in the same role with the 49ers. Stewart went to 3 NFC Championship games with San Francisco.

    • 49ers WR Randy Moss spent 1998-2004 and part of the 2010 season with the Vikings. Moss is 2nd in Vikings history in receptions and touchdowns trailing Cris Carter in each category. A 5-time Pro Bowler with the Vikings, Moss holds the top 3 single-season receiving marks in Vikings history and hauled in 92 career TDs en route to 5 Pro Bowl berths.

    • The past 3 Vikings players to earn Associated Press Off ensive Rookie of the Year honors will be in action on Sunday- Randy Moss (‘98), Adrian Peter-son (‘07) and Percy Harvin (‘09).

    • Vikings QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson spent training camp and preseason with the 49ers prior the 2011 season but was released before the regular season. Bethel-Thompson also attended Balboa High in San Francisco.

    • Vikings Personnel Consultant Paul Wiggin started his coaching career in 1968 tutoring the 49ers defensive line.

    • Vikings rookie FB Rhett Ellison’s father, Riki Ellison, played LB for the 49ers from 1983-89, helping San Francisco to 3 Super Bowl titles.

    LOCAL CONNECTIONS • 49ers GM Trent Baalke attended Bemidji State in Minnesota where he

    played LB, receiving All-Northern Sun Conference honors.• 49ers Regional Scout Scott Brown coached 4 season at the University of

    Minnesota where he led the defensive line from 1992-94 and the lineback-ers in 1995.

    • After attending junior college, 49ers CB Tramaine Brock spent his junior season at the University of Minnesota before transferring.

    NFL CONNECTIONS • Mike Singletary and Jim Harbaugh were teammates with the Chicago

    Bears from 1987-92.• Bill Musgrave and 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell coached together

    in Atlanta in 2006 when Musgrave was the Falcons off ensive coordinator and Donatell was the team’s defensive coordinator.

    • Vikings Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer also coached with Ed Do-natell in Denver from 2009-10 when Priefer was the special teams coordi-nator and Donatell coached the secondary.

    • Mike Priefer and 49ers off ensive line coach Mike Solari coached together in Kansas City during the 2006-2007 season. Priefer was the Chiefs special teams coordinator while Solari was the team’s off ensive coordinator.

    • Vikings C Joe Berger was teammates with 49ers WR Ted Ginn Jr. in 2009 when the two were with the Miami Dolphins. Vikings running backs coach James Saxon also held the same position with the Dolphins in 2009.

    • Vikings LB Marvin Mitchell was teammates in New Orleans with 49ers C Jonathan Goodwin from 2008-10, winning Super Bowl XLIV together.

    COLLEGE CONNECTIONS • Vikings RB Toby Gerhart played under current 49ers head coach Jim Har-

    baugh at the Stanford University from 2008-09.• 49ers Linebackers Coach Jim Leavitt held the head coaching position at

    the University of South Florida while Vikings S Mistral Raymond and LB Tyrone McKenzie played for the Bulls. Leavitt coached Raymond from 2008-09 and McKenzie from 2007-08.

    • Vikings LB Erin Henderson and 49ers TE Vernon Davis played 2 years to-gether (2004-05) at the University of Maryland.

    • 49ers LB Patrick Willis and Vikings S Jamarca Sanford were teammates for 3 seasons at Ole Miss.

    2011-Present ....................................San Francisco 49ers ................................Head Coach2007-10 ..............................................Stanford ......................................................Head Coach2004-06 ..............................................University of San Diego ........................Head Coach2002-03 ..............................................Oakland Raiders ......................................Off ensive Assistant1994-2001 .........................................Western Kentucky ...................................Volunteer Assistant

    2001 ....................................................Carolina Panthers (QB) 1999-2000 .........................................San Diego Chargers (QB) 1998 ....................................................Baltimore Ravens (QB) 1994-97 ..............................................Indianapolis Colts (QB) 1987-93 ..............................................Chicago Bears (QB) 1983-86 ..............................................Michigan (QB)

    HARBAUGH’S COACHING BACKGROUND

    HARBAUGH’S PLAYING BACKGROUND

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    VIKINGS-49ERS GAME INFORMATION

    VIKINGS PERFORMANCES VS. 49ERS

    VIKINGS BIG DAYS VS. 49ERS

    VIKINGS VS. 49ERS SERIES NOTES

    Jared Allen..................................................2 games, 7 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1.0 TFLJohn Carlson...............................................6 games, 17 rec., 182 yardsPercy Harvin ...............................................1 game, 4 rec., 51 yards, 1 KR TDAdrian Peterson .........................................2 games, 33 att., 88 yardsKevin Williams ............................................4 games, 11 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 1 INT, 1 TD

    * In his second game as a pro, TE John Carlson led the Seahawks with 6 receptions for 78 yards against the 49ers on 9/14/08. The Seahawks lost in overtime 33-30.

    * LB Chad Greenway led the Vikings with 7 tackles in a 27-7 win over the 49ers on 12/9/07.

    * WR Percy Harvin made 4 receptions for 51 yards and returned his fi rst of team record 4 kickoff return TDs, 101 yards for against the 49ers on 9/27/09 in a thrilling 27-24 Vikings win. Harvin was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his eff ort.

    * RB Adrian Peterson led the Vikings with 85 rushing yards on 19 attempts (4.5 avg.) against the 49ers on 9/27/09. The Vikings won 27-24.

    * DT Kevin Williams helped the Vikings defeat the 49ers 27-7 on 12/9/07, intercepting a pass on the fi rst play from scrimmage and returning it 18 yards for a touchdown. Williams also recorded his 1st career sack against San Francisco on 9/28/03 in a Vikings 35-7 win.

    * CB Antoine Winfi eld recorded 2 tackles and intercepted an Alex Smith pass against the 49ers on 11/5/06. The 49ers defeated the Vikings 9-3.

    * The Vikings and 49ers have played 44 times overall with San Francisco hold-ing a 22-21-1 series record.

    *The 49ers own the advantage in the regular season series. The teams have met 44 previous times in the regular season with the 49ers holding an edge at 22-21-1. They have met in the postseason 5 times, with the 49ers holding the advantage at 4-1.

    * The last time the Vikings and 49ers met was in Week 3 of 2009, when Vikings QB Brett Favre connected with WR Greg Lewis for a 32-yard touchdown in the fi nal seconds to give the Vikings a 27-24 win at Mall of America Field.

    *This will be the fi rst regular season meeting between Minnesota and San Francisco since Leslie Frazier became head coach of the Vikings.

    * The Vikings and 49ers have played one overtime game in their series his-tory, a 27-24 Vikings win at San Francisco in 1986.

    * The Vikings and 49ers faced off in the playoff s 3 straight seasons from 1987-89.

    VIKINGS-49ERS SERIES BY THE NUMBERSRecord vs. 49ers ......................................................................................... 49ers 22-21-1Last regular season game ............................................Vikings 27, 49ers 24 (2009)Vikings largest winning margin .........................31; Vikings 45, 49ers 14 (1963)49ers largest winning margin ............................... 44; 49ers 51, Vikings 7 (1984)Current series streak .........................................................................................Vikings 2 Vikings longest win streak ........................................................................ 5 (1963-65)49ers longest win streak .........................................4, Twice; (1961-62) (1988-90)Most Points, Vikings ......................................................................................... 45 (1963)Most Points, 49ers ...........................................................................................51 (19684)Most Points, both teams ........................................83; Vikings 42, 49ers 41 (1965)Fewest Points, Vikings ................................................... 3; 49ers 9, Vikings 3 (2006)Fewest Points, 49ers .....................................................3, Vikings 28, 49ers 3 (1966)Fewest Points, both teams .........................................12; 49ers 9, Vikings 3 (2006)

    A WIN WOULD...* Improve the Vikings record against the NFC to 341-270-9 all time.

    * Improve the Vikings record against the NFC West to 64-52-3 all time.

    * Improve Minnesota’s record to 22-22-1 in the overall series with the 49ers.

    * Give the Vikings their 5th-straight win over the 49ers at Mall of America Field.

    VIKINGS VS. 49ERS ALL-TIMEWon 21, Lost 22, Tie 1; Home 13-9, Away 8-13-1

    Year Site Result 1961 Minneapolis San Francisco 38-24 San Francisco San Francisco 38-28 1962 San Francisco San Francisco 21-7 Minneapolis San Francisco 35-12 1963 San Francisco Minnesota 24-20 Minneapolis Minnesota 45-14 1964 San Francisco Minnesota 27-22 Minneapolis Minnesota 24-7 1965 San Francisco Minnesota 42-41 Minneapolis San Francisco 45-24 1966 San Francisco Tie, 20-20 Minneapolis Minnesota 28-3 1967 Minneapolis San Francisco 27-21 1968 San Francisco Minnesota 30-20 1969 Minneapolis Minnesota 10-7 1970* Minneapolis San Francisco 17-14 1971 Minneapolis San Francisco 13-9 1972 San Francisco San Francisco 20-17 1973 San Francisco Minnesota 17-13 1975 Minneapolis Minnesota 27-17 1976 San Francisco San Francisco 20-16 1977 Minneapolis Minnesota 28-27 1979 Minneapolis Minnesota 28-22 1983 Minneapolis San Francisco 48-17 1984 San Francisco San Francisco 51-7 1985 Minneapolis Minnesota 28-21 1986 San Francisco Minnesota 27-24 (OT) 1987* San Francisco Minnesota 36-24 1988 San Francisco San Francisco 24-21 1988* San Francisco San Francisco 34-9 1989* San Francisco San Francisco 41-13 1990 Minneapolis San Francisco 20-17 1991 Minneapolis Minnesota 17-14 1992 Minneapolis San Francisco 20-17 1993 San Francisco San Francisco 38-19 1994 Minneapolis Minnesota 21-14 1995 San Francisco San Francisco 37-30 1997 San Francisco San Francisco 28-17 1997* San Francisco San Francisco 38-22 1999 Minneapolis Minnesota 40-16 2003 Minneapolis Minnesota 35-7 2006 San Francisco San Francisco 9-3 2007 San Francisco Minnesota 27-7 2009 Minneapolis Minnesota 27-24 *NFC Divisional Playoff Game

    VIKINGS-49ERS ALL-TIME

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    VIKINGS-49ERS GAME INFORMATION

    2012 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (Qualifying players only/2012 regular season NFL rankings)

    2012 Minnesota VikingsCategory Player Total NFC Rank NFL RankScoring Walsh ...................................22 .................2t .......................... 4tPassing Yds. Ponder ..............................515 ................ 10 .........................17tPassing TDs Ponder .................................. 2 ................12t ........................23tPasser Rating Ponder ..........................110.6 ..................5 ............................6Completion Pct. Ponder .............................75.8 ..................1 ............................1Rushing Att. Peterson .............................33 .................5t .........................12tRushing Yds. Peterson ...........................144 ..................7 ...........................15Rushing TDs Peterson ............................... 2 .................1t .......................... 2tReceptions Harvin .................................18 .................2t .......................... 2tReceiving Yds. Harvin ...............................188 ..................9 ..........................10tReceiving TDs Burton/Rudolph ................ 1 ................12t ........................21tInterceptions -Sacks Henderson .......................... 2 .................5t .......................... 9tFGs Made Walsh ..................................... 6 .................1t .......................... 1tFG Pct. Walsh .............................100.0 .................1t .......................... 1tNet Punting Avg. Kluwe ...............................44.8 ..................1 ............................4Punt Ret. Avg. Sherels .............................10.4 ..................6 ...........................16KO Ret. Avg. Harvin ..............................33.2 ..................3 ............................3

    2012 San Francisco 49ersCategory Player Total NFC Rank NFL RankScoring Akers ....................................21 ..................5 ........................... 8tPassing Yds. Ale. Smith ........................437 ................ 13 ..........................24Passing TDs Ale. Smith ............................ 4 .................2t .......................... 3tPasser Rating Ale. Smith ....................115.9 ..................2 ............................2Completion Pct. Ale. Smith .......................70.2 ..................4 ............................5Rushing Att. Gore .....................................33 .................5t .........................12tRushing Yds. Gore ...................................201 ..................2 ............................4Rushing TDs Gore ....................................... 2 .................1t .......................... 2tReceptions Crabtree .............................13 .................8t .........................10tReceiving Yds. Crabtree ...........................143 ................16t ........................24tReceiving TDs Davis ...................................... 3 ..................1 ........................... 1tInterceptions Bowman/Goldson ............ 1 .................8t .........................10tSacks Ald. Smith ............................ 2 .................5t .......................... 9tFGs Made Akers ...................................... 5 .................5t .......................... 8tFG Pct. Akers ..............................100% .................1t .......................... 1tPunting Avg. Lee .....................................34.4 ................ 14 ..........................25Punt Ret. Avg. -KO Ret. Avg. Hunter ..............................23.2 ................ 12 ..........................21

    NFL WEEK THREE SCHEDULEThursday, September 20NY Giants at Carolina Panthers .......................................................................7:20 p.m.

    Sunday, September 23Tampa Bay at Dallas ......................................................................................... 12:00 p.m.Jacksonville at Indianapolis .......................................................................... 12:00 p.m.Buff alo at Cleveland ........................................................................................ 12:00 p.m.New York Jets at Miami Dolphins ............................................................... 12:00 p.m.Kansas City at New Orleans .......................................................................... 12:00 p.m.Cincinnati at Washington .............................................................................. 12:00 p.m.St. Louis at Chicago .......................................................................................... 12:00 p.m.San Francisco at Minnesota .......................................................................... 12:00 p.m.Detroit at Tennessee ........................................................................................ 12:00 p.m.Atlanta at San Diego ..........................................................................................4:05 p.m.Philadelphia at Arizona .....................................................................................4:05 p.m.Pittsburgh at Oakland ........................................................................................4:25 p.m.Houston at Denver ..............................................................................................4:25 p.m.New England at Baltimore ...............................................................................7:20 p.m.

    Monday, September 24Green Bay at Seattle ...........................................................................................7:30 p.m.

    2012 STATISTICAL SNAPSHOT

    Vikings 49ers 1-1 Record 2-0 46 ........................................Total Points Scored ....................................... 57 23.0 .........................................Points Per Game ........................................ 28.5 46 ...................................Off ensive Points Scored................................... 57 39 ................................................First Downs ............................................... 46 358.0 ................................ Total Off ense Per Game ................................ 363.0 5.8 ....................................... Avg. Yards Per Play ........................................5.9 109.0 ...........................Net Rushing Yards Per Game ........................... 167.0 249.0 ............................Net Passing Yards Per Game ........................... 196.0 0/0 .........................Had Intercepted/Yards Returned ........................ 0/0 2 ............................................Total Giveaways ............................................ 1 6/17 ............................... Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost ............................... 7/45 27:36 .................................... Possession Average .................................... 31:17 9/25 ...................................Third Down Effi ciency ................................... 6/20 1/1 .................................. Fourth Down Effi ciency .................................. 0/0 16/152 .......................................Penalties/Yards .......................................13/128 46 .................................. Opp. Total Points Scored .................................. 41 23.0 ...................................Opp. Points Per Game ................................... 20.5 46 ............................Total Off ensive Points Allowed ........................... 34 39 .........................................Opp. First Downs .......................................... 36 316.5 ...........................Opp. Total Off ense Per Game .......................... 310.0 4.6 ................................. Opp. Avg. Yards Per Play ..................................5.1 98.5 ...................... Opp. Net Rushing Yards Per Game ...................... 63.5 218.0 ......................Opp. Net Passing Yards Per Game ...................... 246.5 11/76 ..................................Opp. Penalties/Yards ..................................18/144 0 ...................Defensive Interceptions/Yards Returned ............... 2/31 1 ............................................Total Takeaways............................................ 2 4/48 .................................. Defensive Sacks/Yards .................................. 5/40 -1 ............................................ Turnover Ratio ............................................+1 9/44.8 ............................... Punts/Net Punting Avg. ............................... 8/34.4

    For instructions on how to access the Vikings media-only FTP site, which contains transcripts, headshots, press conference audio fi les and other valuable media information, please visit the fi nal page of the front section.

    VIKINGS MEDIA-ONLY FTP SITE

    Team Total Games All-Time Series Titles*Chicago Bears ........................102 .......................... 52-48-2 ........................................2Detroit Lions ...........................101 .......................... 66-33-2 ........................................0Green Bay Packers ................102 .......................... 48-53-1 ........................................5* Since 2002 division realignment

    The following numbers are combined NFC Central and NFC North:

    Playoff Appearances Division Titles26 .......................Minnesota Vikings 18 .......................Minnesota Vikings 12 ............................... Chicago Bears 8 ................................. Chicago Bears 12 ....................... Green Bay Packers 6 ......................... Green Bay Packers 8 ..................................Detroit Lions 5 ....................................Detroit Lions 6 .............. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 ................Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    VIKINGS VS. NFC NORTH

    Team W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div. ConfMinnesota 1 1 0 .500 46 46 1-0 0-1 0-0 0-0Green Bay 1 1 0 .500 45 40 1-1 0-0 1-0 1-1Chicago 1 1 0 .500 51 44 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-1Detroit 1 1 0 .500 46 50 1-0 0-1 0-0 1-1

    x-playoff berth; y-division winner; z-fi rst round bye

    2012 NFC NORTH STANDINGS

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    BILL MUSGRAVEOff ensive Coordinator

    Bill Musgrave enters his 2nd season as Off ensive Coordinator of the Vikings in 2012 and 20th NFL campaign overall as both a player and coach. The 2011 Vikings off ense tallied 75 rushes of 10+

    yards, keeping defenses off balance through creative personnel packages. WR Percy Harvin’s role in the off ense was greatly enhanced as the 3rd-year player set a career-high with 87 receptions, the 6th-most in the NFL for the season and 4th-most among WRs. Harvin set a Vikings record with 52 carries for 345 yards and 2 TDs on the ground, ranking among the NFL’s all-time leaders for rushing by a WR. A former NFL signal-caller himself, Musgrave was a backup to Joe Montana and Steve Young in San Francisco from 1991-94, working under coaches Mike Holmgren, Mike Shanahan and Gary Kubiak. He played from 1995-96 with Denver where he backed up John Elway when Shanahan took over the reins as Broncos head coach. With Atlanta from 2006-10, Musgrave helped mold the Falcons off ense, highlighted by an impressive 2010 season, leading the way for a 13-3 regular season mark. Prior to coaching in Atlanta, Musgrave worked with the Redskins QBs in 2005. Musgrave worked with Jacksonville in 2003-04, serving as off ensive coordinator/QBs coach. Byron Leftwich was the Jaguars regular starter at QB and Musgrave worked with youngster David Garrard, a 2nd-year pro in 2003, keeping him prepared as he played in 6 games and started 2 during Musgrave’s tenure with the Jaguars. During the 1999 and 2000 campaigns, Musgrave worked with the QBs in Carolina and also served as off ensive coordinator in 2000 under George Seifert. Musgrave’s fi rst NFL coaching experience came at Oakland in 1997 as QBs coach and he worked at Philadelphia under Ray Rhodes in 1999, serving as off ensive coordinator for the fi nal 10 games of the season. A standout QB at Oregon from 1987-90, Musgrave was a 3-year team captain for the Ducks and led the team to consecutive bowl bids in 1989 and 1990. A native of Grand Junction, CO, Musgrave and wife, Neely, have 4 children.

    ALAN WILLIAMSDefensive Coordinator

    A strong background teaching defensive play and a winning pedigree give Alan Williams a foundation for taking the Vikings defense back to the top of its game as he assumes the Defensive Coordinator duties

    for Minnesota in 2012. In Williams’ previous 11 NFL seasons, he was part of 10 straight playoff teams, 7 Division champions and advanced to Super Bowl XLI and XLIV. Williams enters his 12th season of NFL coaching in 2012 and is reunited with a former colleague as his new boss. Williams and Leslie Frazier served on the Indianapolis staff in 2005-06, working with the defensive backs. The duo reached the pinnacle following the 2006 season when the Colts won Super Bowl XLI over Chicago. Williams got his fi rst taste of NFL coaching in 2001 with Tampa Bay as part of Tony Dungy’s staff , who he followed to Indianapolis the following season. In Williams’ decade working with the Colts DBs, the club ranked in the top 6 in NFL passing defense 5 times and fi nished out of the top 15 only once. The Colts’ playoff success was in part due in part to the defense snaring interceptions at record rate. In the 9 straight Colts playoff appearances from 2002-10 the team snared 18 INTs, 2nd in the NFL over that span to only New England’s 22. From 2002-10 the Colts allowed 20+ TD passes only 2 times and had 10+ INTs each year. Williams got his break as an NFL coach in 2001 with Tampa Bay under head coach Tony Dungy where he joined a defensive staff that included Monte Kiffi n and Mike Tomlin along with John Lynch, Ronde Barber and Donnie Abraham in the backfi eld. The Bucs went 9-7 and advanced to the NFC Wild Card playoff s. Williams grew to pursue football as a career during 9 seasons as a player and coach at William & Mary. He was a standout RB from 1988-91, ending his career with over 2,500 yards of total off ense and set a school record with 4 TDs in playoff action against Massachusetts. After graduation from the College in 1992 he coached prep football and track at Norview High in his home town of Norfolk, VA from 1992-95 before returning to his alma mater. From 1996-2000, the opening 2 seasons as RBs coach and the fi nal 3 as DBs coach from 1998-2000. Williams and wife, Lisa, have 3 sons- Christian, Solomon and Nathan.

    MIKE PRIEFERSpecial Teams Coordinator

    Mike Priefer begins his 2nd year with the Vikings organization as the Special Teams Coordinator. The 11-year NFL coaching veteran has held the same title with the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs in years past. Priefer’s special teams units are known for creating

    big-play opportunities. Since coming in the league, Priefer has seen his units account for 13 scores (6 kick returns, 4 punt returns, 1 blocked punt, 1 botched fi eld goal and 1 safety). He has also seen his squads blcok 15 kicks (7 punts, 6 fi eld goals, 2 extra points) since 2002. Priefer could not have asked for a better start to the 2011 season. Percy Harvin took the opening kickoff , Week 1 at San Diego, 103 yards for a TD, the 1st opening kickoff returned for a TD in Vikings history. Harvin later made NFL history in Week 12 at Atlanta when he returned a kickoff 104 yards before being stopped at the 3-yard line. It was the longest non-scoring play in League history. The Vikings set a team record in 2011 with a 26.9 average on KORs, good for 2nd in the NFL. During the 2010 season in Denver, Priefer had 3 players rank in the Top 10 in each of their respective categories. Eddie Royal was 6th in the NFL with an 11.9 punt return average. Rookie Eric Decker was 10th in KOR average at 25.3 per return. Kicker Matt Prater was tied for 6th in TBs with 20. Before joining the Broncos, Priefer cordinated Kansas City’s special teams from 2006-08 following stints as an assistant special teams coach with the New york Giants (2003-05) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2002). His coaching career began at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy, as a graduate assistant in 1994, and he owns 17 years of coaching experience at the professional and collegiate levels. Priefer entered the NFL coaching ranks with the Jaguars in 2002 as their assistant special teams coach. That season, punter Chris Hanson earned the fi rst Pro Bowl selection of his career. From 1994-2001, Priefer helped coach special teams at the collegiate level, working for Navy (1994-96), Youngstown State University (1997-98), Virginia Military Institute (1999) and Northern Illinois University (2000-01). Priefer was born on Aug. 21, 1966, in Cleveland. He is married to Debbie, and the couple has four children: Samantha, Michael Jr., Wilson and Katie.

    BRENDAN DALY Defensive Line

    JEFF DAVIDSON Off ensive Line

    RYAN FICKEN Assistant Wide Receivers

    JEFF IMAMURA Defensive Assistant/Defensive Backs

    CRAIG JOHNSON Quarterbacks

    JIMMIE JOHNSON Tight Ends

    TOM KANAVY Strength and Conditioning

    AARON MCLAURIN Assistant Strength and Conditioning

    FRED PAGAC Linebackers

    DIRON REYNOLDS Assistant Defensive Line

    JAMES SAXON Running Backs

    RYAN SILVERFIELD Assistant Off ensive Line

    MIKE SINGLETARY Special Asst. to the Head Coach/LBs

    KEVIN STEFANSKI Assistant Quarterbacks

    GEORGE STEWART Wide Receivers

    MARTIN STREIGHT Assistant Strength and Conditioning

    CAMERON TURNER Assistant to the Head Coach

    CHRIS WHITE Assistant Special Teams

    JOE WOODS Defensive Backs

    2012 ASSISTANT COACHES

    2012 COACHING STAFF

  • W E E K 3 - 4 9 E R S A T V I K I N G S

    Date Opponent All-Time Series Notes

    9/9 JACKSONVILLE 4-1-0 The Vikings kicked off the season with a thrilling 26-23 overtime victory at Mall of America Field over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Rookie K Blair Walsh drilled a 55-yard FG as time expired to force overtime, before kicking a 38-yard game-winning FG.

    9/16 at Indianapolis 7-16-1 The Colts defeated the Vikings 23-20 on a late 53-yard FG by Adam Vinatieri. The Vikings are now 0-11 all-time on the road against the Colts.

    9/23 SAN FRANCISCO 21-22-1 Minnesota will look to extend their 4-game win streak against San Francisco at home. The last time the 49ers beat the Vikings in Minnesota was 1992

    9/30 at Detroit 66-33-1 The Vikings have won 15 of their last 18 games in De-troit. They also hold a 30-20-1 record all-time against the Lions in Detroit.

    10/7 TENNESSEE 7-4-0 The Titans make a rare visit to Minnesota, only playing there in 2001, 2004, and now in 2012. The will be only the 12th meeting between the Vikings and the Houston/Tennessee franchise.

    10/14 at Washington 10-11-0 Head Coach Leslie Frazier returns to FedEx Field, the site of his fi rst-ever victory as a head coach. The Vi-kings have won 2 straight games in Washington. This will be the 3rd straight year Minnesota has played at Washington.

    10/21 ARIZONA 14-10-0 The last Cardinals victory in Minnesota came in 1977 when the team still played in St. Louis. The Vikings have won 6 consecutive home games against Arizona. The two teams have met every season since 2008.

    10/25 TAMPA BAY 31-21-0 The Vikings will host their fi rst Thursday Night game since 2000 when they face the Buccaneers in a Week 8 matchup televised on NFL Network. The Vikings have a 5-6 record all-time on Thursday night. The last Thursday night game the Vikings played in was a 14-9 loss at New Orleans in the 2010 NFL season opener. The last time the Vikings played a game televised on NFL Network was a 9-7 loss to Green Bay on 12/21/06.

    11/4 at Seattle 5-6-0 The Vikings will travel to Seattle for the fi rst time since their 31-13 win there in 2006. Vikings TE John Carlson will make his fi rst visit to Seattle after playing with the Seahawks from 2008-2011.

    11/11 DETROIT 66-33-2 The Vikings have lost only one home game to Detroit since 1998 and hold a 36-13 home record all-time against the Lions.

    11/25 at Chicago 52-48-2 The Vikings will try to get their fi rst win in the Windy City since 2007, when they beat the Bears 34-31 on a game-winning 55-yard fi eld goal by Ryan Longwell.

    12/2 at Green Bay 48-53-1 The Vikings will take to the road in a Week 13 contest in which they will look to capture their fi rst win at Lambeau Field since 2009. 2012 will mark fi rst time the Vikings have played both regular season games against Green Bay in December.

    12/9 CHICAGO 52-48-2 The Vikings own a 31-21 home record against Chicago and will look for their fourth victory in the past six contests against the Bears at Mall of America Field.

    12/16 at St. Louis 23-16-2 The Vikings travel to the Edward Jones Dome, a site they have played at only once since 2003. The Vikings beat the Rams 38-10 in their last visit to St. Louis in 2009. The two teams have met 7 times in postseason play, with Minnesota winning 5 of the games.

    12/23 at Houston 2-0-0 Minnesota makes its second trip to Houston to take on the Texans. The Vikings have not lost to the Texans since they came into the League as an expansion team in 2002.

    12/30 GREEN BAY 48-53-1 The defending NFC North champions will make their way to Mall of America Field in a series that is dead-locked 25-25 when played in Minnesota. This will be the 5th season fi nale the Vikings have played against Green Bay, the last was in 1996.

    A look at the most diffi cult schedules in 2012 based on opponents’ 2011 record.

    Rank Team Combined W-L Pct.1. Giants* 140-116 .5472. Broncos* 139-117 .5433. Browns 135-121 .527T4. Rams 134-122 .523T4. Ravens* 134-122 .5236. Chargers 133-123 .5207. Eagles 132-124 .516T8. VIKINGS 131-125 .512T8. Arizona 131-125 .51210. Panthers 130-126 .508T11. Seahawks 129-127 .504T11. Cowboys 129-127 .504T11. Saints* 129-127 .504T14. Jaguars 128-128 .500T14. Bengals* 128-128 .500T14. Steelers* 128-128 .500T14. Colts 128-128 .500T18. Raiders 127-129 .496T18. Dolphins 127-129 .496T20. Jets 126-130 .492T20. Chiefs 126-130 .492T20. Bears 126-130 .492T20. Lions* 126-130 .492T24. Redskins 125-131 .488T24. Falcons* 125-131 .488T24. 49ers* 125-131 .48827. Buccaneers 124-132 .48428. Titans 123-133 .480T29. Texans* 121-135 .473T29. Bills 121-135 .47331. Packers* 120-136 .46932. Patriots* 116-140 .453*Indicates team made the 2011 playoff s

    2012 SCHEDULE STRENGTH

    2012 SCHEDULE NOTES

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    2012 NEW FACESTRADESPlayer Pos. SchoolA.J. Jeff erson (ARI) ........................... CB....................................................Fresno State

    FREE AGENTSPlayer Pos. SchoolMark Asper(W-BUF) ........................... T.............................................................OregonMcLeod Bethel-Thompson ...........QB.........................................Sacramento StateJohn Carlson .......................................TE....................................................Notre DameJerome Felton ....................................FB.............................................................FurmanTori Gurley (PS) ................................WR...............................................South CarolinaMarvin Mitchell .................................LB....................................................... TennesseeKevin Murphy (PS) .............................. T............................................................ HarvardGeoff Schwartz ................................... G.............................................................OregonJerome Simpson .............................WR............................................Coastal CarolinaChris Summers (PS) ........................WR.............................................................. Liberty

    DRAFTED ROOKIES BY ROUNDPlayer Pos. School 1a) Matt Kalil ........................................ T....................................................................USC1b) Harrison Smith ............................. S....................................................Notre Dame3) Josh Robinson.............................. CB...............................................Central Florida4a) Jarius Wright .............................WR.......................................................... Arkansas4b) Rhett Ellison ................................FB....................................................................USC4c) Greg Childs ................................WR.......................................................... Arkansas5) Robert Blanton ............................... S....................................................Notre Dame6) Blair Walsh ........................................K............................................................ Georgia7a) Audie Cole....................................LB...........................................................NC State

    UNDRAFTED ROOKIE FREE AGENTSPlayer Pos. School Chase Baker (PS) .............................. DT...................................................... Boise StateBobby Felder (PS) ............................ CB.................................................Nicholls StateTyler Holmes (PS) ............................... G.................................................................. TulsaErnest Owusu (PS) ...........................DE......................................................... California

    VIKINGS BUILD PRACTICE SQUAD

    2012 CAPTAINS BY GAME

    The following eight players make up the Vikings practice squad in 2012:

    Player Pos. School Exp.62 Chase Baker .......................DT ...........................Boise State........................................R31 Bobby Felder .....................CB ...........................Nicholls State ..................................R86 Tori Gurley ..........................WR..........................South Carolina ................................166 Tyler Holmes ......................G .............................Tulsa ...................................................R68 Kevin Murphy ....................T ..............................Harvard..............................................R95 Ernest Owusu ....................DE ...........................California ..........................................R15 Chris Summers .................WR..........................Liberty ...............................................R23 Jordan Todman .................RB ...........................Connecticut .....................................1

    Game CaptainsJacksonville (9/9) Chad Greenway, John Sullivan, Kevin WilliamsIndianapolis (9/16) Jared Allen, Charlie Johnson, Michael Jenkins

    Starters Returning ..............................................................................................14

    Starters Lost ............................................................................................................ 8

    Leading Returners Player (Total)

    Passing Yards .............................................................Christian Ponder (1,853)

    Rushing Yards .................................................................Adrian Peterson (970)

    Rushing TD ........................................................................ Adrian Peterson (12)

    Receiving Yards ................................................................... Percy Harvin (967)

    Receiving TD.............................................................................. Percy Harvin (6)

    Punt Return Yards ...........................................................Marcus Sherels (277)

    Kick Return Yards ................................................................ Percy Harvin (520)

    Tackles ..............................................................................Chad Greenway (174)

    Sacks ..........................................................................................Jared Allen (22.0)

    Interceptions ..................................................................... Jamarca Sanford (2)

    Punts ................................................................................Chris Kluwe (45.7 avg)

    2012 RETURNING NUMBERS

    The Vikings have had a signifi cant home-fi eld advantage since moving into Mall of America Field in 1982. The team now has a combined record of 158-88-0 (.642) all-time at Mall of America Field, which includes a 6-4 mark in post-season games. The Vikings have gone undefeated 3 times at Mall of America Field (‘89, ‘98, ‘09) and have fi nished the season undefeated at home 8 total times in team history.

    The team has never been shut out at the current stadium and hasn’t been shut out at a home stadium since 10/7/62, when they lost 13-0 to Chicago at Met Stadium.

    PICKING UP PRO BOWLERSThe Vikings had 2 Pro Bowlers in 2011. Overall, the team has 6 Pro Bowl players on the roster. Of those six players, four were original draft picks by the Vikings, one was acquired via trade and one was signed as a free agent:

    Jared Allen (‘08, ‘09, ‘10, ‘11) - acquired via trade with Chiefs before 2008 seasonPercy Harvin (‘10) - Drafted in 1st round (22nd overall) in 2009Chad Greenway (‘11) - Drafted in the 1st round (17th overall) in 2006Adrian Peterson (‘08, ‘09, ‘10,’11) - Drafted in 1st round (7th overall) in 2007Kevin Williams (‘05, ‘07, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10) - Drafted in 1st round (9th overall) in 2003Antoine Winfi eld (‘09, ‘10, ‘11)- FA signee in 2004

    DOME FIELD ADVANTAGE

    2012 TEAM NOTES

    2012 GJALLARHORN SOUNDERSGame NameBuff alo (8/17) ..................................... Jack JablonskiSan Diego (8/24) ............................... Ted BrownJacksonville (9/9) .............................. Larry Spooner

    October 25, 1993

    As a member of the Chicago Bears, Jim Harbaugh was sacked a Vikingsfranchise record 9 times on Monday Night Football at Soldier Field. Harbaughwas brought down 3 times by Hall of Famer John Randle and twice by Hall ofFamer Chris Doleman.

    CAPTAIN COMEBACK VS. THE VIKINGS

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    VIKINGS BY THE NUMBERS4

    Career kickoff returns for touchdowns for WR/KR Percy Harvin. Harvin is the only Vikings player in team history to have more than one KR for a TD. He returned the opening kickoff at San Diego (9/11/11) 103 yards for the TD.

    5Consecutive seasons DE Jared Allen has fi nished with double-digit sacks.

    Allen led the Vikings with 22.0 sacks in 2011 after fi nishing with 11.0 last year and 14.5 in each of his fi rst two years with the team.

    11Team record consecutive games with a sack by DE Jared Allen.

    22Tackles for LB Chad Greenway vs. Oakland on 11/20/11, the 2nd most in a

    game by a Viking.

    28Career 100-yard rushing performances (including playoff s) for RB Adrian

    Peterson.

    50 Team sacks for the Vikings in 2011, tied for the most in the NFL.

    54.5Career sacks for Kevin Williams - the most by an NFL defensive tackle since

    2003 and 9th overall in Vikings history.

    66Career rushing TDs for RB Adrian Peterson. He is 1st in Vikings history after

    surpassing Chuck Foreman (52) in week 2 vs. Tampa Bay.

    92Career rushes for WR Percy Harvin. He is 1st in Vikings history for a WR.

    104The length of Percy Harvin’s career-long KO return at Atlanta that tied the

    Vikings franchise record.

    109Career high rushing yards for Toby Gerhart in a 33-26 victory over the

    Washington Redskins on December 24, 2011.

    110.6QB Christian Ponder’s QB rating through the fi rst 2 games of 2012.

    183Career punts inside the 20-yard line for P Chris Kluwe, a team record and

    the 4th-most among all players since Kluwe joined the Vikings in 2005.

    417All time regular season wins in Vikings history, which is good for 13th in

    league history.

    1,853Passing yards for QB Christian Ponder in his rookie season. Ponder’s mark

    ranks second in Vikings history for most passing yards by a rookie trailing only Fran Tarkenton.

    6,896Career rushing yards for RB Adrian Peterson in 5 seasons, which ranks 1st in

    team history. Peterson surpassed Robert Smith’s total Week 1 agianst the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    2012 TEAM NOTES

    Minnesota has seven current players that have earned 13 NFC Player of the Week honors as members of the Vikings.

    Jared Allen - Defensive Player of the Week - vs. CHI (11/30/08)- Season-high 2.5 sacks and 9 total tackles (7 solo).

    Chad Greenway - Defensive Player of the Week - at DET (9/20/09)- Finished with 4 tackles, 2 INTs, 1 FR.- Became just the 15th player in team history to notch a 3-takeaway game

    and only the 3rd LB to accomplish the feat.

    Percy Harvin - Special Teams Player of the Week - vs. DAL (10/17/10)- Returned three kickoff s for 134 yards (44.7 avg.), including a 95-yard touch-

    down to open the second half of the game.

    Percy Harvin - Special Teams Player of the Week - vs. SF (9/27/09)- Returned four kickoff s for 180 yards, including a 101-yard TD; averaged

    45.0 yards per return. - Also fi nished with four receptions for 51 yards (12.8 avg.) on off ense.

    Chris Kluwe - Special Teams Player of the Week - vs. ARI (11/7/10)- Punted four times for 191 yards (47.8 avg. and 46.0 net avg.)- All four punts landed inside the Cardinals’ 20-yard line, including one at

    the 1-yard line.

    Adrian Peterson NFC Off ensive Player of the Week vs. Arizona (10/9/11) - Peterson rushed for 122 yards and 3 TDs in the Vikings win vs Arizona - All 3 of Peterson’s TDs came in the 1st quarter

    Adrian Peterson - Off ensive Player of the Week - vs. DET (9/26/10)- Rushed for 160 yards and two TDs on 23 carries (7.0 avg.).- Also caught fi ve passes for 30 yards.

    Adrian Peterson - Off ensive Player of the Week - vs. GB (11/9/08)- Rushed for 192 yards and a TD on 30 carries (6.4 avg.). - Also caught 3 passes for 33 yards.

    Adrian Peterson - Off ensive Player of the Week - vs. SD (11/4/07)- Set an NFL record with 296 rushing yards on the day.- Carried 30 times for 296 (9.9 avg.) and 3 TDs, including a 64-yarder.

    Adrian Peterson - Off ensive Player of the Week - at CHI (10/14/07)- Rushed 20 times for 224 yards and 3 TDs, including a 73-yarder.- Averaged 11.2 yards per carry and caught 1 pass for 9 yards.

    Blair Walsh - Special Teams Player of the Week - vs. JAX (9/9/12)- Went 4/4 on FGs of 20, 42, 55 and 38 yards was was 2-2 on extra points.

    The 55-yard kick sent the Vikings/Jaguars game to overtime.- Walsh connected on a 38-yard FG in overtime that proved to be the game-winning kick.

    Kevin Williams - Defensive Player of the Week - vs. JAC (11/28/04)- Finished with six tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery for a TD.

    Antoine Winfi eld - Defensive Player of the Week - vs. NO (10/6/08)- Finished with 8 tackles, a sack, a FF and a FR. - Also returned a blocked fi eld goal 59 yards for a TD.

    Antoine Winfi eld - Defensive Player of the Week - at PHI (10/28/10)- Finished with 9 tackles, 2.0 sacks, a FF, a FR and a touchdown.- Notched a sack, a FF, a FR and a 45-yard TD on the same play.

    NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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    Oldest Viking Player Antoine Winfi eld 35, born 6/24/77 Youngest Viking Player Josh Robinson 21, born 1/8/91 Most Seasons as a Viking Kevin Williams 10 Most NFL Seasons Antoine Winfi eld 14 College with the most Vikings Notre Dame, 5 Robert Blanton John Carlson Kyle Rudolph Harrison Smith John Sullivan Conference with the most Vikings PAC-12 10 players on roster Largest Viking Phil Loadholt 6-8, 343 lbs Smallest Vikings Antoine Winfi eld 5-9, 180 lbs Jarius Wright 5-10, 180 lbs Marcus Sherels 5-10, 175 lbs Former 1st-Round Draft Picks 8 Chad Greenway Percy Harvin Matt Kalil Adrian Peterson Christian Ponder Harrison Smith Kevin Williams Antoine Winfi eld Pro Bowlers 6 Jared Allen Chad Greenway Percy Harvin Adrian Peterson Kevin Williams Antoine Winfi eld Coaches who played in the NFL 7 Jeff Davidson Leslie Frazier Jimmie Johnson Bill Musgrave Fred Pagac James Saxon Mike Singletary

    PLAYERS ..............................................................PRONUNCIATIONDevin Aromashodu ...............................................................a-ROW-ma-sha-dewMatt Asiata .............................................................................ah-see-ah-taJoe Berger ..............................................................................BUR-jurMcLeod Bethel-Thompson .....................................................muh-CLOUDBrandon Fusco ........................................................................FUSS-coToby Gerhart ..........................................................................GARE-heartLetroy Guion .........................................................................LA-troy GUY-onMatt Kalil ................................................................................kuh-LILChris Kluwe ............................................................................CLUE-eeCullen Loeffl er .......................................................................LEFF-lerMistral Raymond ...................................................................MISS-trailAllen Reisner ..........................................................................RISE-nerBrian Robison ........................................................................ROB-ah-sinAndrew Sendejo ....................................................................sin-DAY-hoMarcus Sherels .......................................................................SHARE-elsAntoine Winfi eld ....................................................................an-TWAN

    COACHES .............................................PRONUNCIATIONTom Kanavy ....................................................................... ka-NAY-veeFred Pagac .......................................................................... PUG-itchMike Priefer ....................................................................... PREE-fer

    PRONUNCIATION GUIDEPRONUNCIATION GUIDE

    International Vikings* 2011 5th-Round Pick CB Brandon Burton was born in Germany.* Undrafted free agent G Tyler Holmes is from Ontario, Canada.* FB Jerome Felton was born in West Germany.* 2012 5th-Round Pick S Robert Blanton lived in Italy from 1996-2000 when

    his father worked in the Air Force.

    60 and Up DT Kevin Williams tops the list of most games played as a Viking on the current roster with 142, but several others have logged 60 or more.

    Player ..................................GP Kevin Williams ........................... 142 Cullen Loeffl er .......................... 125 Chris Kluwe ................................ 113 Antoine Winfi eld ...................... 105 Chad Greenway ........................ 82 Brian Robison ............................ 81 Adrian Peterson ....................... 75 Jared Allen ................................. 66 Fred Evans .................................. 66 John Sullivan ............................. 63

    2012 ROSTER NOTES

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    VIKINGS TEAM NOTES

    2012 NFL STANDINGS 2012 HONOR ROLL

    2007 ROYS

    K Blair Walsh- NFC Special Teams Player of the Week - vs. JAX (9/9/12)- Went 4/4 on FGs of 20, 42, 55 and 38 yards was was 2-2 on extra points.

    The 55-yard kick sent the Vikings/Jaguars game to overtime.- Walsh connected on a 38-yard FG in overtime that proved to be the game-winning kick.

    In 2007, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson and 49ers LB Patrick Willis were named AP Off ensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year.

    AFC EastTeam W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Conf. Div.New York Jets 1 1 0 .500 58 55 1-0 0-1 1-1 1-0New England 1 1 0 .500 52 33 0-1 1-0 1-0 0-0Miami 1 1 0 .500 45 43 1-0 0-1 1-1 0-0Buff alo 1 1 0 .500 63 65 1-0 0-1 1-1 0-1

    AFC NorthTeam W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div. Conf.Baltimore 1 1 0 .500 67 37 1-0 0-1 1-0 1-0Cincinnati 1 1 0 .500 47 71 1-0 0-1 1-1 1-1 Pittsburgh 1 1 0 .500 46 41 1-0 0-1 0-0 1-1Cleveland 0 2 0 .000 43 51 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1

    AFC SouthTeam W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div. Conf.Houston 2 0 0 1.000 57 17 1-0 1-0 1-0 2-0Indianapolis 1 1 0 .000 44 61 1-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 Jacksonville 0 2 0 .000 30 53 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1Tennessee 0 2 0 .000 23 72 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-2

    AFC WestTeam W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div. Conf.San Diego 2 0 0 1.000 60 24 1-0 1-0 1-0 2-0 Denver 1 1 0 1.000 52 46 1-0 0-1 0-0 1-0Oakland 0 2 0 .000 27 57 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-2 Kansas City 0 2 0 .000 41 75 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1

    NFC EastTeam W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div. Conf.Phildelphia 2 0 0 1.000 41 39 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 Dallas 1 1 0 .500 31 44 0-0 1-1 1-0 1-1New York Giants 1 1 0 .500 58 58 1-1 0-0 0-1 1-1 Washington 1 1 0 .500 68 63 0-0 1-1 0-0 1-1

    NFC NorthTeam W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div. Conf.Green Bay 1 1 0 .500 45 40 1-1 0-0 1-0 1-1 Chicago 1 1 0 .500 51 44 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 Detroit 1 1 0 .500 46 50 1-0 0-1 0-0 1-1Minnesota 1 1 0 .500 46 46 1-0 0-1 0-0 0-0

    NFC SouthTeam W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div. Conf.Atlanta 2 0 0 1.000 67 45 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 Tampa Bay 1 1 0 .500 50 51 1-0 0-1 1-0 1-1Carolina 1 1 0 .500 45 43 1-0 0-1 1-1 1-1 New Orleans 0 2 0 .000 32 40 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1

    NFC WestTeam W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div. Conf.Arizona 2 0 0 1.000 40 34 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0San Francisco 2 0 0 1.000 57 41 1-0 1-0 0-0 2-0Seattle 1 1 0 .500 43 27 1-0 0-1 0-1 1-1 St. Louis 1 1 0 .500 54 55 1-0 0-1 0-0 1-1

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    HOME FIELD AND DOME FIELD ADVANTAGEThe Vikings have amassed the 5th-most home wins by an NFL team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The club moved from Metropolitan Stadium following the 1981 season, playing at Mall of America Field at HHH Metrodome starting in 1982. The Vikings have played 246 regular season and playoff games indoors, notching a 158-88 record. In 2010 the team endured the loss of the fi nal 2 home games of the season following the collapse of the Dome roof due to heavy snows and blizzard conditions. The Vikings played “host” to the NY Giants at Detroit’s Ford Field and played the regular season home fi nale at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus when Chicago vis-ited for a Monday Night Football matchup on 12/20/10. Ironically, the game was 29 years to the day since the last outdoor Vikings game in Minnesota, the fi nale at Met Stadium on 12/20/81 against Kansas City.

    Home records of NFL teams since the 1970 AFL-NFL mergerTeam WinsPittsburgh ...............................................235-89-1Denver ................................................... 222-100-4Miami ..................................................... 219-104-1Dallas ......................................................... 217-107Minnesota ................................ 216-109-1New England ........................................... 201-123Green Bay ............................................. 201-120-5San Francisco ...................................... 201-122-2

    Vikings best home records- regular seasonTeam Record1989 ..................................................................... 8-01998 ..................................................................... 8-0 ............................... 9-1 w/playoff s2009 ..................................................................... 8-0 .............................