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Reading the keys: 49ers/Vikings

Alex Smith had Vikings on his back way too often

Here's how the 49ers fared in keys to the game identified by NinersDigest before their stunning 24-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, dropping San Francisco to 2-1 and preventing the Niners from winning in the Metrodome for the first time since 1992.

Stuff Adrian Peterson and Minnesota ground game NO: The Niners did an excellent job of stuffing Peterson in the first half, limiting him to 29 yards rushing on 14 carries with a long run of just seven yards in the first two quarters. But Peterson began popping a few runs in the second half, when Gerhart also got loose for a few nice gains and the Vikings began working time off the clock from ahead... Recommended Stories

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