49ERS: QB JEFF GARCIA has 99 career TD passes & needs 1 to become 5th QB in team history with 100. Rushed for 40 yards vs. Browns……RB GARRISON HEARST has 4,930 rushing yards with 49ers & needs 70 to become 4th player in team annals with 5,000. Club has won 14 of past 15 when rushing for 150 yards……WR TERRELL OWENS has 73 career TD receptions & needs 2 to join JERRY RICE (176) as only players in club history with 75. Averaging 10.2 receptions, 127.2 receiving yards & has 6 TDs in past 5 games vs. NFC North. Posted 8 receptions for 90 yards last week……Club ranks 2nd in NFL with 11 takeways & +7 turnover ratio……Defense tied for NFL lead (NYG) with 13 sacks & club has NFL-high 6 players with at least 1.5 sacks. Defense ranks 3rd vs. run (64.7) & 5th vs. pass (154)…… LB DEREK SMITH has 2.5 sacks & needs 1.0 for career-high. LB JAMIE WINBORN has already posted career-high 2.0 sacks……K OWEN POCHMAN connected on 4 of 4 FGs (38, 44, 46, 36) in SF debut…….VIKINGS: Club is 10th team since 1970 to open season with 3 consecutive division wins. Eight of previous 9 teams have qualified for playoffs & none has finished lower than 2nd-place in division……QB DAUNTE CULPEPPER rushed for 2 TDs vs. Det & has 24 career, passing FRAN TARKENTON (22) for most among QBs in franchise history. Has 9 career 300-yard passing games & needs 300 yards vs. SF to tie WARREN MOON (10) for 2nd-most in team annals. Leads NFL with 134.0 passer rating & 5 TD passes on 3rd down. QB GUS FREROTTE passed for 184 yards & 1 TD in Vikings debut……RB MOE WILLIAMS is off to best career rushing start (283 yards). His 5.1 yards per carry average ties for 3rd-best among NFL RBs with at least 200 rushing yards. Rushed for 95 yards on 13 carries vs. Lions……WR RANDY MOSS seeks 5th 100-yard receiving game in past 7. WR KELLY CAMPBELL had career-long 72-yard TD catch……Defense leads NFL with 8 INTs……DE LANCE JOHNSTONE had 1.5 sacks last week. Spent 1996-00 in SF Bay-area with Raiders……S COREY CHAVOUS needs INT for career-high.
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