49ers trail at halftime as running game fails vs. Vikings

The San Francisco 49ers aren't having an easy time of it, trailing at the half after their much vaunted running game fails to get going.
San Francisco 49ers v Minnesota Vikings
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The 49ers currently trail 16-7 as they need a big second half to get to 6-1, part of this is the running game has been completely inefficient as the Vikings stack the box.

The San Francisco 49ers have been a bit unlucky, but they've also been a bit subpar as they struggle to get the offense going amid a 16-7 deficit heading into the second half.

Part of this is their running game, which has been woeful to say the least. Not counting an elite scramble by quarterback Brock Purdy where he evaded several Vikings defenders and a certain sack, running backs Christian McCaffrey and Elijah Mitchell have run the ball 12 times for an abysmal 34 total yards.

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And unfortunately, McCaffrey was guilty of a terrible fumble in scoring range which isn't the first time for him this season.

Happily though it isn't all doom and gloom for the 49ers. The running lanes began to open up at the conclusion of the half, culminating in McCaffrey running through for a touchdown and 16 straight games in the endzone (the NFL record for those keeping score, is 18).

With the touchdown adding some momentum however and Purdy throwing the ball exceptionally well in the first half, the running lanes will hopefuly open up and allow the 49ers to begin to run over the Vikings defense.

The 49ers will get the ball to open the second half and hopefully get their first lead of the game. Hopefully they do so they can keep pace with the Philadelphia Eagles in the race for the NFC, and take advantage of the Detroit Lions falling to 5-2.

Still a lot of football to be played, but also a lot of things that need to be adjusted at the half for head coach Kyle Shanahan.

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