San Francisco 49ers vs. Minnesota Vikings: Key Matchups and Prediction

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San Francisco 49ers vs. Minnesota Vikings: Key Matchups and Prediction
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Randy Moss' return to the Metrodome may be the most talked about storyline heading into Sunday's tilt between the San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings, but his performance will have little effect on the game's outcome.

Moss simply doesn't get enough playing time to make a major impact, but the Vikings would still be wise to pay extra close attention to him when he's on the field.

Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore will be up against solid run defenses, and the 49ers may have their hands full trying to slow down Jared Allen, one of the league's best pass-rushers.

Those are the matchups that will make all the difference in this NFC clash. Let's take a closer look at them.

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