49ers Hope to End Naughty Minneapolis Streak

Oct 15, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) readies for the ball snap against the Cleveland Browns during the first quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports.

Even with a stunning loss at the Cleveland Browns last weekend, most NFL pundits consider the San Francisco 49ers the NFL’s best team.

49ers Hope to End Naughty Minneapolis Streak

Kyle Shanahan and friends lined rookie kicker Jake Moody up for a game-winning 41-year goal field goal Sunday in Cleveland, he missed it, and the 49ers were handed their first regular season loss of the Christian McCaffrey era.

Now, hoping to get back on track, San Francisco will attempt to end a naughty Minneapolis streak — the 49ers haven’t won at the Metrodome or U.S. Bank Stadium in 31 years.

49ers Hope to End
Dec 19, 1992; San Francisco, CA, USA; FILE PHOTO; San Francisco 49ers receiver #80 JERRY RICE in action against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Bucs 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Photo By USA TODAY Sports (c) Copyright USA TODAY Sports.

The 49ers haven’t found a victory in Minnesota since 1992, losing six meetings along the way. And during the timeframe, 1993 to 2023, San Francisco is the NFL’s 12th-best team per win percentage, so it’s not like the Vikings are beating a horrid team repeatedly on their turf.

Since 1992, when the 49ers travel northeasterly to Minneapolis, these outcomes have occurred:

  • 1994: Loss, 21-14
  • 1999: Loss, 40-16
  • 2003: Loss, 35-7
  • 2009: Loss, 27-24
  • 2012: Loss, 24-13
  • 2018: Loss, 24-16
Jan 9, 1993; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young (8) in action against the Washington Redskins during the 1992 NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park. The 49ers won 20-13. FILE PHOTO; Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports.

This time, of course, the 49ers are expected to prevail, favored by a touchdown to topple the Vikings in Week 7. In fact, if the point spread holds higher than 5.5 points, the Vikings will be their own largest home underdog in the history of U.S. Bank Stadium, and the widest home underdog point spread since 2014.

The Vikings usually take care of business at home but have lost three games out of the gate at U.S. Bank Stadium and four dating back to 2022’s playoff loss to the New York Giants.

Oct 15, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) warms up before the game between the 49ers and the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports.

Moreover, 49ers and Vikings fans will monitor this week’s injury report. The aforementioned McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, and the otherworldly Trent Williams were banged up at Cleveland and appear headed toward a Questionable status for Monday night.

On the other side, the Vikings have never lost four consecutive home games to start a season, a streak in jeopardy heading into Week 7. Too, the Vikings have lost five successive home games — at all — in franchise history just four times: 2019 into 2020, 2011, 1966, and 1965.

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan stands on the field before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports.

Overall, the 49ers are 25-23-1 (.520) against the Vikings since 1961. Generally speaking, the home team typically prevails when the teams meet.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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