The 49ers announced the injury to star defensive tackle Justin Smith is a partial triceps tear, casting serious doubt on his return for the playoffs.
The Vikings beat the Chicago Bears 21-14 in Minnesota Sunday, thanks to 154 yards rushing and two TDs by running back Adrian Peterson.
The 49ers played the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday and never looked like themselves. After allowing their opposition to score a touchdown on their opening drive, helped by a personal foul penalty and a great play by Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder, San Francisco was never in the game. It was the home team that showed heart and fight and handed San Francisco its first loss of the year.
The 49ers face the Vikings and Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson in Minnesota Sunday. Peterson is back after suffering a torn ACL and ruptured MCL in December, but John Madden expects him to seriously challenge the 49ers strong run defense.
The San Francisco 49ers are playing the Minnesota Vikings this week and if they stay focused they should cruise to the win. They will have to contain Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson, but for a team has such a strong defense this should not be a problem. The offense will stick to the same game plan it has used all season.
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The Giants’ preparation for the playoffs; the dismissal of the Dolphins’ special teams coach; the Vikings’ trade for Randy Moss. (8:00)