Vikings-49ers Snapshot

Get the series history, rankings, keys to the game and fast facts as the Vikings travel to San Francisco, along with the weekend's slate of games.


Sunday
Atlanta Falcons (5-2) at Detroit Lions (1-6)
Cincinnati Bengals (4-3) at Baltimore Ravens (5-2)
Dallas Cowboys (4-3) at Washington Redskins (2-5)
Green Bay Packers (3-4) at Buffalo Bills (2-5)
Houston Texans (2-5) at New York Giants (5-2)
Kansas City Chiefs (4-3) at St. Louis Rams (4-3)
Miami Dolphins (1-6) at Chicago Bears (7-0)
New Orleans Saints (5-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-5)
Tennessee Titans (2-5) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-3)
Minnesota Vikings (4-3) at San Francisco 49ers (2-5)
Cleveland Browns (2-5) at San Diego Chargers (5-2)
Denver Broncos (5-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5)
Indianapolis Colts (7-0) at New England Patriots (6-1)

Monday
Oakland Raiders (2-5) at Seattle Seahawks (4-3)


Minnesota Vikings (4-3) at San Francisco 49ers (2-5)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:05 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/05/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Chris Myers

SERIES

42nd meeting. The 49ers lead the series 21-19-1, including 12-7-1 in San Francisco. This will be the Vikings' first trip to San Francisco since the 1997 season, when they played the 49ers in the regular season and again in the playoffs. San Francisco won both games. The Vikings won the past two meetings in 1999 and 2003.

2006 RANKINGS

Vikings: offense 17th (18th rush, 14th pass); defense 12th (2nd rush, 26th pass).

49ers: offense 20th (10th rush, 22nd pass); defense 31st (22nd rush, 31st pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME

The NFL is a copycat league, but the 49ers don't have the offensive personnel to spread the field and take advantage of the Vikings' secondary the way New England did on Monday night.

With a porous defense and an offensive line that doesn't pass block particularly well, San Francisco must run the ball well behind RB Frank Gore, but it's a tough proposition against the league's No. 2 run defense.

Offensively, the Vikings just have to avoid the turnovers that doomed them against the Patriots. QB Brad Johnson was benched in the second half Monday, but gets the start this Sunday and simply can't do the 49ers any favors. Expect a heavy dose of RB Chester Taylor to set up a controlled passing game off play-action.

FAST FACTS

Vikings:
Have outscored opponents 59-16 in the fourth quarter and overtime. ... Taylor is on pace for 336 carries, which would break Robert Smith franchise record (295 in 2000).

49ers: Gore's 631 rushing yards has already surpassed his team-high 608 as a rookie last season. ... Have scored more than 20 points in every game in winning six of past seven meetings at home.

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