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Times the Vikings were in fact in their last game with Jayron DeCoud. 49ers QB Matt Sloan, finallyY throws out 15 passes in first half48 of his career.

JPGThat wasnt a mock for a team thats been playing very well, though. What we saw from the defense was, they were in position on some of the plays, they were in position, Zimmer said. But then, a couple of times, we got ourselves in situations where they threw the football. They did pretty well on the run, too. We struggled to tackle and to have any kind of penetration. Zimmer made note of a few specific plays that contributed to Minnesotas struggles. The teams most difficult defensive breakdown in the fourth quarter was on a fourth-and-2 play that allowed a 49ers field goal with 1:30 left in the game. The defense did a nice job of getting back in position, but the 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, completed a pass to the outside. Zimmer also highlighted how the defense got blown up on a play-action pass to the left side by Frank Gore. Gore, who left the game early, was not targeted once on the play and actually played the entire game without a non-contact injury. Were not going to make enough tackles in this league. Were missing a tackle and its a big one, so thats hard to swallow. He played defensive end for the Buccaneers and Bengals, for example. That experience helped the Vikings improve dramatically in 2014 with their sack rate drop, which led to four more interceptions and a league-high eight forced fumbles. The Vikings have also been successful against the pass with their defense as a whole, ranking in the top half of the league in adjusted sack rate. I think its just being diligent going to work every single day and doing things on a consistent basis, Zimmer said. Thats what I saw from the defense the last couple of weeks. I know its not always going to be perfect, but I just saw a couple of plays where they were in position and they did a good job of closing it out. We still had a chance to win the game. I think the defense is going to play hard, offensive tackle Matt Kalil said.

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