49ers pass significant gut check early

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

MINNEAPOLIS -- Shaun Hill's 5-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis after a 25-yard pass to Josh Morgan on fourth down has quieted the shrieking masses here in the Metrodome.

An assist from Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson, flagged for an illegal blow to the head against Hill, was consistent with Henderson's reputation among NFC West teams. Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck once accused Henderson of taking a cheap shot at his knee, a play that left Hasselbeck injured a few years ago.

The Vikings lead this game 10-7, but the 49ers have settled down. They have weathered the early storm, a significant step for them against a good team on the road.