Brett Favre Starts For Vikings, Gets One Brief Drive Under Center

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VIDEO: Brett Favre Gets Drilled By Patrick Willis... Schadenfavre!

If you don't like Brett Favre and heard he'd be seeing limited action in Sunday night's preseason game between the Vikings and 49ers, you probably thought to yourself, "Man, wouldn't it be great if Patrick Willis just mauled him and drilled him into the turf?" And... That's sort of exactly what happened:

If you're so inclined, pay particularly close attention to the 40-second mark, where Mr. Favre's head collides with the turf. GUNSLINGER! (Only a few more sacks 'till he breaks the record!).

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NFL Preseason: Vikings Vs. 49ers: It's The Favre Show But 49ers Win 20-15

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Brett Favre made his preseason debut but it was San Francisco that took the win as the 49ers defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 15-10, in preseason action.

After two weeks of reports that Favre informed his teammates he was retiring, Favre reported to the Vikings training camp last Tuesday as the 40-year-old will be taking part in his 20th NFL season.

He started the game and appeared in one series, completing the only pass he threw for 13 yards, but did not lead the Vikings to a score. He is still recovering from offseason ankle surgery.

Anthony Dixon scored a touchdown and had 20 carries for 51 yards while Alex Smith went 9-for-13 for 88 yards for the 49ers, who have won both of their preseason games.

Adrian Peterson had six carries for 17 yards and added three catches for 25 yards for the Vikings, who won their preseason opener against St. Louis. Joe Webb added a 48-yard touchdown run.

The 49ers drew first blood as Dixon's four-yard plunge into the end zone capped a 12-play, 70-yard drive for the only points of the first quarter.

Ryan Longwell's 40-yard boot between the uprights accounted for the only points of the second quarter to make it a 7-3 game going into the break.

Joe Nedney's 28-yard field goal in the third quarter gave the 49ers a 10-3 lead.

Nedney kicked a 31-yard field goal early in the fourth to extend San Fran's lead to 13-3.

Webb's touchdown run late in the fourth got Minnesota to within three. San Francisco, though, got a safety on the last play of the game by sacking Webb in the end zone.

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NFL Preseason, Vikings Vs. 49ers: Nate Davis Drawing Attention After Performance

SB Nation's Niners Nation seems to think their third quarterback, Nate Davis, should be competing with David Carr to be Alex Smith's primary backup. Davis is coming off of a 7-of-16 passing performance for 114 yards on Sunday night against the Vikings.

Nate Davis started the second half and looked very, very impressive. I've not been on the bandwagon, simply because I wanted to see more from him, but he made a strong case for himself today to take over the #2 job from Carr. His most impressive play was a 60 yard strike to Ginn which he threw from the 49ers own goal line. That throw elicited comparisons from Collinsworth to HOFer John Elway.

Unfortunately, 49ers head coach Mike Singletary saw the performance differently.

"I think he has to get on the same page. I think he has to get on the same page and really put himself in the position to really compete. I just think right now that he's competing against himself, I really do.

It's possible Singletary is just using this as a motivational technique. After all, preseason is designed for guys like Nate Davis, the third quarterback.

Check out Niners Nation for more on the 49ers preseason.

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Favre Gets A First Down And A Sack In One Drive Of Action

Brett Favre's first, and to date, only drive of the preseason resulted in a first down on a swing pass to Adrian Peterson for 13 yards on the first snap. After that, things fared slightly less smoothly.

After a Peterson run for a three yard loss, Favre was sacked on his second dropback by Patrick Willis. It appeared at first that Favre fumbled before he went to the ground, but he was ruled down by officials.

The Vikings opted to run on a 3rd and long on the following play.

Brad Childress opted not to bring Favre back out on the Vikings' subsequent drive.

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8:00: Noted Retirement Enthusiast Brett Favre To Start For Vikings

For more on noted retirement enthusiast Brett Favre's return to professional football, check out our Vikings blog at The Daily Norseman and our 49ers blog at Niners Nation.

(Sports Network) - Brett Favre will make his first appearance of the 2011 season on Sunday night, when the indecisive legend leads the Minnesota Vikings into preseason action against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park.

Two weeks after a flurry of national reports revealed that Favre was informing teammates of his retirement, the quarterback reported to the Vikings last Tuesday to commence his 20th NFL season. The 40-year-old will attempt to better the stunning performance he offered up in his first season in a Minnesota uniform last year, when he threw for 33 touchdowns with just seven interceptions for a team that was an overtime session away from reaching the Super Bowl.

Favre, who is still recovering from offseason ankle surgery, is expected to play no more than a series or two on Sunday before yielding to backups Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels.

It was Rosenfels who did most of the heavy lifting in the Vikes' 28-7 win over the St. Louis Rams last Saturday, completing 23-of-34 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.

On the injury front for Minnesota, wide receiver Percy Harvin is not expected to be in uniform following a scary episode on Thursday that saw him collapse on the practice field. Harvin, who has battled migraines throughout his life, was hospitalized overnight but is not expected to be out of the lineup for an extended period.

Linebacker E.J. Henderson (leg) is a question mark for the Vikings on Sunday.

Though Favre and the Vikings will hog most of the headlines, the 49ers will likewise be taking a step forward in a season that they hope will land them in the playoffs as well.

Mike Singletary's club started the tune-up period off with a 37-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, though quarterback Alex Smith (3-of-9, 37 yards, 1 INT) was not among the players who had much of an impact on the win.

As he looks for improvement, Smith could be sharing the backfield on Sunday with recently-signed running backBrian Westbrook, who is competing with Anthony Dixon for the No. 2 tailback job.

Dixon has a leg up after rushing 21 times for 100 yards and a touchdown against the Colts last week.

The Vikings hold a 3-1 edge in their all-time preseason series with the 49ers, including a 23-10 home victory in the last such meeting, prior to the 2004 season.

The teams last met in meaningful play in Week 3 of last season, a 27-24 Minnesota win at the Metrodome highlighted by a last-second touchdown pass from Favre to wideout Greg Lewis.

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