10 quick thoughts on the Vikings loss to the 49ers in Week 12

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(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer /

The Minnesota Vikings had a chance, but in the end, the San Francisco 49ers left the field on Sunday with the victory.

Despite there being more than a handful of games left on their schedule, the Minnesota Vikings knew their matchup on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers could have a gigantic impact on this year’s NFC playoff picture.

Unfortunately, the Vikings weren’t able to mount a fourth-quarter comeback this week, and they ended up falling to the 49ers by a final score of 34-26. With the loss, Minnesota is now 5-6 and they’ve dropped to the No. 7 seed in the NFC.

The Vikings will fall to the No. 8 seed in the conference if the Washington Football Team is able to defeat the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.

Quick thoughts on the Vikings loss to the 49ers

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(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Adam Thielen /

Thielen starts the game off on fire – After his monster game last week, most probably figured the 49ers would be putting a lot of attention on Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Apparently, San Francisco put too much of their attention on Jefferson early in the contest as Minnesota’s other top receiver, Adam Thielen, managed to find the end zone not once, but twice, in the first quarter.

Nwangwu is a weaponFor the second time in the last four weeks, Vikings rookie running back Kene Nwangwu took a kickoff and returned it for a touchdown. Nwangwu has only been on the field for five games this season, but he’s already found a way to make a huge impact.