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Vikings, 49ers looking to bounce back

Oct 31, 2006 - 11:23 PM Minnesota (4-3) at San Francisco (2-5) Sunday 4:05 pm EST

SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- If the San Francisco 49ers can find one positive through the first seven games it would have to be that they have played well at home.

The 49ers have split their four home games. They have been outscored by a lopsided 116-37 in three road losses.

One of the Niners' road losses came in last Sunday's 41-10 thrashing at unbeaten Chicago. San Francisco failed to stay competitive, falling into a 41-0 hole at halftime.

Against the Bears, the Niners committed five turnovers, including losing four fumbles.

The Niners also continue to struggle defensively, having allowed a league-high 235 points. They have given up 41 and 48 points in their last two games.

Minnesota is coming off its worst performance of the season, a 31-7 setback against New England on Monday night.

After not allowing more than 19 points in their first six games, the Vikings surrendered 430 total yards, including 372 passing, against the Patriots.

Brad Johnson also threw three interceptions before being pulled in the fourth quarter. The 14-year veteran has four touchdowns and seven interceptions on the season.

The Vikings have lost their last seven visits to San Francisco since a 36-24 victory in the divisional playoffs in 1987.

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