5 Bold Predictions: Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers – Week 12

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The Minnesota Vikings have the momentum, but can they establish their playoff position with a win over the San Francisco 49ers?

After two straight wins, the Minnesota Vikings have turned around their season. At 5-5, the Vikings are in the middle of the battle for the final spots in the NFC playoff picture and might be hitting their stride after wins over the Los Angeles Chargers and Green Bay Packers.

But the Vikings were in this situation last year. After a 1-5 start, the Vikings clawed their way back to .500. With a 6-6 record, the Vikings visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and were thrown out of the building. Minnesota lost its next three games to fall out of the playoff picture and there were a lot of questions asked about the future of the franchise.

This year, the Vikings will look to get into the playoff race, beginning with a pivotal matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. With a win, the Vikings can make their path to a playoff spot easier over the final six games. With a loss, that path becomes much more difficult with matchups with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Rams, and the Packers looming.

With such an important game on Sunday, we’ll give you our five bold predictions to see if the Vikings can come up victorious in Santa Clara.