Christian Ponder says the Vikings shut down Justin Smith

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder made an appearance with Paul Allen on KFAN in Minneapolis (via and said that offensive tackle Charlie Johnson shut down 49ers defensive end Justin Smith during last Sunday’s win.

“He got shut down. Charlie Johnson did such a great job. And even seeing Matt Kalil on him sometimes, blocking him. They played extremely well,” said Ponder.

Smith has been one of the most dominant defensive players for the past couple of years and for Johnson to come in and shut down Smith was big for the Vikings.