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49ers vs. Vikings: Thumbs up and thumbs down

Bowman had one of few memorable outings for 49ers

Which way does the thumb turn for the 49ers after their 24-13 loss at Minnesota, including an inauspicious return for Randy Moss, a fourth quarter to forget, NaVorro Bowman's career high, turnover-free streaks ending, diminishing a dominant start, Vernon Davis in the red zone, disappearing explosiveness, Kyle Williams' long returns, starting defenders limping off and much more? Check inside.

Thumbs down: Wow. Talk about letdowns or come downs – take your pick which this one was, if in fact it wasn't both. The Niners begin the season with huge beatdowns against top NFC contenders Green Bay and Detroit, then lay an egg the next week against the Minnesota Vikings, who went 3-13 last season? This doesn't negate San Francisco's dominant start to the season, but it sure does a lot to... Recommended Stories