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September 19, 2012

Ponder, Vikings still waiting for big plays



It may have to wait one more game. The Niners defense has given up just 41 points in the first two games, though they do rank 19th in the league in yards passing allowed.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns in the opener, but Matthew Stafford was harassed into a miserable 19-for-32, 230-yard performance last week.

So against a defense that yields little against the run, hitting a big play over the top may be their best chance.

For now, the Vikings are content to remain patient. They don't want Ponder to feel the pressure to try to force something to happen down the field the way Brett Favre would often do here.

"The hard work he put in the offseason, honing in on where the ball should go and what spot it should be placed in, it's paying off because we're seeing it in the games," Frazier said. "He's really improved in that area and we're benefiting from his improvement. You'd just like to see it continue."

NOTES: Vikings LB Erin Henderson sat out practice with a concussion. ... C John Sullivan was limited with an ankle injury that kept him out of some practices last week as well before he played against the Colts.

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