By The Numbers
Some news, notes and nuggets on the Vikings-49ers game by the numbers:
Despite some spotty passing numbers during the season, the Vikings are 6-2 when Tarvaris Jackson starts and 0-4 when he doesn't.
When the Vikings score more than 20 points, they are 6-0. They're 0-4 when they don't.
The 49ers have won all of their games in which they've scored 20 or more points, but they've only done it twice all year.
Although they've cut down the deficit the last couple of games, the Vikings are still behind in average time of possession per game by 30:52 to 29:08.
The 49ers are worst in the league in time of possession, averaging just 25:41 per game with the ball in their possession, while opponents have it for 34:19.
Opposing passers are completing 63.5 percent of passes against the Vikings defense.
The Vikings have outscored their opponents by just 41 points (278-237), but have managed to hold a scoring edge in all four quarters.
The Vikings have scored 48 times and been scored on 47 times, but the Vikings have 33 touchdowns and 15 field goals, while allowing 24 TDs and 23 field goals.
The Vikings have scored 17 rushing touchdowns and have allowed just five and are averaging more than 100 yards more per game than their opponents (176.8 to 70.5).
49ers quarterbacks have been sacked 43 times, while their defense has done the trick just 26 times.
The 49ers have been outscored 178-57 in the first half of games, including a whopping 114-27 disparity in the second quarter.
Opponents have run the ball almost 150 more times (394-247) than the 49ers.
San Francisco has allowed 19 touchdown passes by their defense, while scoring just nine through the air.
Niners kicker Joe Nedney has done his part. He has made 15 of 17 field goals with his only misses coming from 52 and 55 yards.
The Vikings are rated 12th on offense (1st rushing, 31st passing), while the 49ers are rated dead last (27th rushing, 32nd passing). On defense, the Vikings are 24th (1st rushing, 32nd passing), while the 49ers are 23rd (26th rushing, 21st passing).
The 49ers offense is last in the league in total yards, passing yards, average per pass, first downs, third down percentage and points.
The Vikings are eighth in giveaway/takeaway with a plus-6 (25 takeaways, 19 giveaways). The 49ers are tied for 28th at minus-9. Their 18 takeaways are tied 28th in the league and their 27 giveaways is tied for 27th.
The Vikings' 2,122 rushing yards is far and away the most in the league. The Jaguars are second with 1,692 yards and only four other teams have more than 1,500 yards.
Only two teams – the Chiefs and Lions – have fewer rushing yards than the 49ers.
The Vikings defense leads the league with 846 rushing yards allowed. Only two others teams – the Steelers (922) and the Ravens (977) – have allowed less than 1,000 yards on the ground.
On the flip side, the Vikes are last in pass yards allowed with 3,345 yards. Only three others teams – the Bills (3,048), the Browns (3,101) and the Lions (3,187) – have allowed more than 3,000 yards this year.
The Vikings (26) and the 49ers (21) are 30th and 32nd respectively for trips in the red zone on offense. Only the Bills (24) are in between them at the bottom of the league.
The Vikings defense is fourth in the league for allowing opposing red zone touchdowns at a rate of just 44.4 percent – behind only the Chiefs, Ravens and Eagles. The 49ers are third-worst in the league for allowing teams to score in the red zone, letting them get points on 93.3 percent of red zone possessions. Only the Jets and Dolphins are worse.
The Vikings lead the NFL in rushing first downs with 105 – two more than the Patriots. The 49ers are by far the worst in rushing first downs with just 44.
The 49ers defense has allowed 23 first downs via penalty, second only to the Packers (with a whopping 39) in the league.
Only the Bills have allowed more third-down conversions on defense than the Vikings and 49ers.
The Vikings are third in the league in yardage on first down, averaging 6.11 yards a play. The 49ers are 31st, averaging 4.41 yards a play.
Neither team has had a 300-yard passer or 100-yard receiver this year. The Vikings have allowed five quarterbacks to throw for 300 yards and four players to have 100 yards or more receiving. The 49ers have allowed three 300-yard passers and five 100-yard receivers.
Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor have combined for eight 100-yard rushing days, while the 49ers have just one. The Vikings have allowed just one 100-yard rusher. The 49ers have allowed three.
For the first time this season, Tarvaris Jackson actually appears in the league passing stat categories. While still painfully low with a passer rating of 69.6, he is ahead of Vince Young, Rex Grossman, Kellen Clemens, Trent Dilfer and Alex Smith.
Peterson still leads the NFL in rushing despite missing two-and-a-half games. His 1,197 yards is 104 yards more than second-place Willie Parker and only two other backs – LaDainian Tomlinson and Willis McGahee – have topped 1,000 yards rushing. Frank Gore is 18th with 713 yards – only 98 more than Chester Taylor.
Perhaps the Niners MVP is punter Andy Lee. While the team stinks, he leads the NFL with a 49.5 yard punting average and is second with a net average of 43.3 yards. He also leads the league with 30 punts inside the opposing 20-yard line. Chris Kluwe is second with 25
The Southern California Viking Club will be meeting at parking lot Section V for the 49ers game, but that is not a club-sponsored event.
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