San Francisco's return to the scene of the crime from 2009, and the Vikings' decisive 24-13 win, might be the foundation for what the Vikings are trying to build. With a team full of young players looking to make their own mark on the franchise, veterans like Antoine Winfield said this was the kind of win that can get things kick-started in terms of player development.
"It definitely helps," Winfield said. "We knew coming into this game that it was going to be a big game playing at home, playing against a great opponent. Guys took it upon themselves to go in and study and came out here and did their job."
The Vikings came into Sunday's game as a decided underdog. In fact, the more people looked at film of the 49ers, the more nervous they became. Through two weeks, the Niners looked almost unbeatable, which made Sunday's win even more sweet for the Vikings.
"I am proud of our team and proud of our quarterback," Sullivan said. "It's a huge win. We have to build off this one."
Will Sunday's victory give the Vikings the confidence they have been looking for since Ponder took over at quarterback last season? Veteran Kevin Williams said it might be the moment they point back to later as being the time when they turned the corner.
"It should boost it," Williams said of the team's confidence moving forward. "I think we can win every game. We have a lot of young guys and they might not know what to expect, but if you play like that every week, you can win a lot of games in the NFL."
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.