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Rapid Reaction: Vikings 27, 49ers 24

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

MINNEAPOLIS -- The 49ers forgot about the fifth item in Mike Singletary's formula for success: Finish.

Allowing Brett Favre's winning touchdown pass with 2 seconds remaining spoiled an otherwise outstanding and potentially defining performance by the 49ers.

The crushing nature of the defeat will test this team's resolve.

But after watching the 49ers take the Vikings' best punch and deliver a few of their own, there can be little doubt about this team's ability to bounce back.

Let there also be no more questioning the 49ers' credentials or whether Shaun Hill is the answer at quarterback. Hill again led the 49ers down the field 80 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The 49ers can build on this performance even though they lost. Vernon Davis enjoyed a breakout performance, Glen Coffee ran tough while protecting the ball and the team kept its composure despite a difficult start against a good team on the road.

The schedule gives the 49ers a bit of a break. They can improve to 3-1 by beating the 0-3 Rams at Candlestick Park in Week 4. They would be 3-0 in the division and still a favorite within the division. In the meantime, they've got some recovering to do. This one hurt, and if Frank Gore's injury is serious, the consequences could linger.