Sep 23, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley (54) celebrates his tackle for a San Francisco 49ers loss in the second quarter at the Metrodome. Vikings win 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Vikings Vs. 49ers: Recapping Sunday's Big Upset

The end of the game got a little crazy, but when the dust settled, the Minnesota Vikings held on to defeat the San Francisco 49ers to move their record to 2-1.

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Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford will start Sunday.

Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford will get another shot at starting in the Minnesota defensive backfield when his team visits Detroit this week. Sanford, a 15-game starter in 2011, replaced Mistral Raymond in the first quarter of the Vikings' 24-13 win over San Francisco last Sunday.

Raymond left Sunday's game after hurting his foot tackling San Francisco's Frank Gore - an injury that will not require surgery, but will keep him out indefinitely. Sanford stepped in to record six tackles and force Gore into fumbling the football.

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier had positive things to say about Sanford's attitude when told he wasn't starting, and for being ready to play when called upon. Frazier also had good things to say about Sanford's play on Sunday, according to Kent Youngblood of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

"I thought he did a good job when he got in there," Frazier said. "He had the one play down the sidelines with Davis, who presents a lot of problems for anybody. But other than that, he tackled well. He was good on his assignments."

Sanford, a seventh-round pick in 2009, will start alongside rookie free safety Harrison Smith against Detroit.

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Vikings get roster exemption for Jerome Simpson

The Minnesota Vikings received a roster exemption for wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who is coming off a three-game suspension. The Vikings can carry 54 players on their roster until 3 p.m. this Thursday, at which point they must cut someone to get back to a 53-man roster.

Simpson came off his suspension Monday for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, freeing him to join the Vikings for all team activities. Simpson has not been able to play or practice since Minnesota's Aug. 30 preseason finale against the Houston Texans. Simpson caught 50 passes for 725 yards and four TDs with the Cincinnati Bengals last season and was signed to a one-year, $2 million contract by the Vikings in the offseason.

Simpson was sentenced to 15 days in jail on April 5, regarding a Sept. 2011 incident in which police intercepted a package containing two-and-a-half pounds of marijuana headed to Simpson's home. Simpson will make his regular season debut with the Vikings when they take on the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Sept. 30.

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NFL Injury Reports: Mistral Raymond, Jared Allen Ailing After Vikings' Upset Win

The Minnesota Vikings overcame expectations on Sunday afternoon when they upset the San Francisco 49ers, so, in all reality, everything else that stemmed from that game is going to take secondary status. That includes the injuries from this week's game, though it doesn't seem as though anything severe stemmed from the upset.

Sack artist extraordinaire Jared Allen suffered a neck injury and missed time in the second half, but the defensive end told 1500 ESPN that it was only neck spasms and he'll be fine for future games.

"My whole left side of my neck locked up on me," Allen said. "That's why I wasn't in that much in the second half. I was trying to play in between neck spams. But at the end, I told (defensive line coach Brendan Daly), 'I'm going to play until it breaks.' I was able to get in there. The problem was I couldn't see the ball really."

Allen said he, "he would be good to go," when asked if the neck might be an issue for him going forward.

The only other injury suffered on Sunday for the Vikings was Mistral Raymond and, although he didn't play in the second half, the extent of his injury won't be known until further examination on Monday.

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49ers Vs. Vikings Final Score: Christian Ponder Shines In 24-13 Minnesota Win

The Minnesota Vikings pulled off an upset victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, winning by a final score of 24-13.

The Vikings got off to a hot start, dominating the first half on both sides of the ball to take a 17-3 halftime lead. San Francisco responded in the third quarter, scoring 10 unanswered points to cut Minnesota's advantage to 17-13. But the Vikings quickly put up another touchdown just seconds into the fourth quarter, effectively putting the game out of reach for the 49ers.

49ers quarterback Alex Smith threw his first interception of the season and later fumbled in the closing minutes of the game, as San Francisco attempted to make a late comeback following multiple fumbles by running back Toby Gerhart.

Fantasy Studs and Duds

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder had an impressive statline, finishing with 198 passing yards and two touchdowns, along with 33 rushing yards and another score.

San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis also put up some solid numbers, finishing with 53 yards and a touchdown.

Neither team got monster performances from their star running backs. Frank Gore finished with 63 yards on just 12 carries, while Adrian Peterson accumulated a solid but unspectacular 107 total yards and no touchdowns.

Christian Ponder Can Scramble

San Francisco's run defense had been nearly impenetrable early this season, but Ponder was able to scramble his way into the endzone in the second quarter for a big touchdown.

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What's Next?

Minnesota improves to 2-1 with the win, while the 49ers fall to 2-1. The Vikings will next take on the Detroit Lions and the 49ers will play the New York Jets.

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Erin Henderson 'out' on final injury report

The Minnesota Vikings don't have a lot of injury problems at this early juncture of the season, but Friday's injury report did reveal one rather large issue that had already been expected. Starting linebacker Erin Henderson will miss this weekend's game against the San Francisco 49ers, giving Marvin Mitchell an opportunity to start.

Mitchell hasn't played this season yet due to injury issues of his own, but Vikings defensive coordinator Alan Williams believes he's ready to step in and fill the big shoes of Henderson:

"Marvin has been in ball games as a starter, he's been in ball games as a backup, he's played a lot of football so everything that happens is not new to him out there. That gives me comfort and when he's been in ball games, he's performed well so that gives me comfort that it's not all new to him and we're not playing guys that have not played a lot of football. Marvin has so I feel good about that."

Defensive end D'Aundre Reed was also listed as out on this week's final injury report while Rhett Ellison, Mitchell, Brian Robison, Andrew Sendejo and Jarius Wright are all listed as probable.

John Sullivan and Chris Cook both made appearances on the injury report throughout the week as well, but both are apparently 100 percent heading into this weekend's game.

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Erin Henderson missed practice due to concussion

Erin Henderson hasn't practiced this week as the Minnesota Vikings have inserted Marvin Mitchell onto the first-team defense as the team gears up for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. There's no telling when Henderson will return from injury, however, because the Vikings aren't sure when it actually happened.

Henderson left last weekend's game with an apparent elbow injury, but there was no talk of a concussion suffered against the Indianapolis Colts until Wednesday's practice, according to head coach Leslie Frazier.

"Wednesday he came out to practice and just didn't feel right," said Frazier of Henderson, who leads the Vikings with 22 tackles and two sacks.

It's a tough injury for the Vikings considering Mitchell hasn't played this year due to injuries of his own, but the fact that Henderson may have played with a concussion is an even bigger cause for concern.

For more on the Vikings, head over to Daily Norseman or SB Nation Minnesota. All the San Francisco 49ers news you need is available at Niners Nation. For more news, notes and analysis from around the league, check out SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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Vikings Injury Report: Erin Henderson Still Out With Concussion

The concussion that Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson suffered last Sunday against Indianapolis continues to keep him out of practice.

Henderson missed a second straight day of practice and if he's unable to play against the San Francisco 49ers this week, Marvin Mitchell would step in as the starting weakside linebacker.

Other defensive personnel sets would be affected by Henderson's absence, too. Though he was to blame for a touchdown pass to the Colts' Reggie Wayne, Henderson finished with 12 tackles and a sack, including three tackles for a loss.

Henderson has 22 tackles and three sacks in his first two games. He's a fifth-year pro out of Maryland.

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Antoine Winfield Trying To Be Vocal Leader For Vikings

Minnesota Vikings CB Antoine Winfield gave a speech to the entire Vikings team on Wednesday. Winfield said he addressed not only the players, but also "coaches, GM, everybody."

Winfield, 35, is the oldest player on the team and in his ninth season with the Vikings and 14th season overall. He said the specifics of the speech will stay in the locker room. Winfield did mention that the team needs to execute better in crucial late game moments, but when asked what his speech was about he simply replied, "football."

"I only stand up and say stuff when it's coming from the heart and I think it needs to be said," Winfield said.

Winfield is a three-time Pro Bowler, earning the honor from 2008-2010. He only played five games for the Vikings last season, missing four games with a neck injury and the rest of the season with a broken collarbone. Winfield has 12 tackles and one pass deflection in the Vikings two game this season.

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Vikings Vs. 49ers: Randy Moss Returns To Metrodome

Former Vikings WR Randy Moss returns to the Metrodome this week when the San Francisco 49ers come to town. This is the first trip to Minnesota as a visitor for the superstar wide receiver, who spent the first seven years of his career with the Vikings.

Moss has an interesting history with Minnesota, providing dazzling highlights and various controversies during his time with the Vikings. In addition to the first seven years of his career, Moss also had a brief failed stint with the Vikings in 2010. During that season Moss played only four games for the Vikings before an ugly exit. After a game against the Patriots, Moss praised his former team and slammed his new head coach, Brad Childress. Moss was cut the next day.

After spending 2011 out of football, Moss is back, now with the 49ers. Although no longer the threat he once was, the WR is looking to have a good game against his old team and add to his 154 career TDs, a fact that doesn't escape the Vikings.

"I'm sure he is motivated," Vikings defensive end Brian Robison said. "I know if I was a guy that was here, I'd want to come back and make a statement."

The 49ers and Vikings kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Vikings Injury Report: Erin Henderson Sits Out Practice With Concussion

The Minnesota Vikings released their injury report on Wednesday, as the Vikings get ready to play host to the San Francisco 49ers.

Linebacker Erin Henderson did not practice for the Vikings because of a concussion. Henderson left Sunday's game against the Colts, but did return to action. Still, if Henderson does indeed have a concussion, Minnesota may very well play it safe and hold him out of Week 3's contest against the 49ers.

Center John Sullivan was limited in his participating in practice because of an ankle injury.

Chris Cook (biceps), Rhett Ellison (ankle), Marvin Mitchell (ankle), Brian Robison (elbow), Andrew Sendejo (ankle), and Jarius Wright (ankle) were full participants, despite their injuries.

Wright, a rookie wide receiver, has been sidelined since Minnesota's preseason finale with an ankle sprain. If Wright does play on Sunday, he'll be making his NFL debut against one of the league's top defenses.

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NFL Schedule 2012: Vikings Face Toughest Task Among NFC North Teams In Week 3

Week 3 is set to kick off once again on a Thursday night. Unlike Week 2, NFC North teams won't be battling on Thursday, as this Thursday, the New York Giants visit the Carolina Panthers.

Unfortunately for the Minnesota Vikings, they face the toughest test among NFC North teams in Week 3, as they take on the San Francisco 49ers.

The Detroit Lions, 1-1 like every team in the NFC North currently, head to Tennessee to take on the 0-2 Titans, who haven't been one bit explosive on offense so far this year.

Lovie Smith's Chicago Bears return home to Soldier Field, where they'll play host to Jeff Fisher and the 1-1 St. Louis Rams. The Rams managed to pull off a mild upset in Week 2, defeating the Washington Redskins, so they might be able to do the same in Chicago.

The Green Bay Packers are once again being featured on primetime, as they host the 1-1 Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football.

Clearly, If the Vikings want to keep a claim of first place, they'll need to make sure they take care of business against a tough foe in the 49ers this weekend.

Be sure to check out the full week's schedule over at SI.com.

For the latest on the Vikings, check out the Daily Norseman.

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49ers Vs. Vikings: Vernon Davis A Tough Matchup For Minnesota

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is a nightmare for a lot of opposing teams with his imposing size and wide-receiver speed. That should hold true for the Minnesota Vikings, who could have a big problem trying to cover the elite skill position player.

Davis has only eight catches over two games for the 49ers (2-0), but three of those have been for touchdowns. He'll be problematic for the Vikings, writes Sam Monson:

The Vikings don't have anybody who can match up with him one-on-one, and so the only way to limit his success would be to suffocate the big tight end with tighter zones than they have been playing. The 49ers like to use Davis to attack deep. The Vikings blew a big play deep between zones last week against the Colts. Can they prevent Davis from getting another this week?

Davis has come a long way since being kicked off the sideline and sent to the locker room at Candlestick Park by former 49ers coach Mike Singletary. He's grown up, and he's gotten better as a player.

For more on the Vikings, head over to Daily Norseman or SB Nation Minnesota. For more news, notes and analysis from around the league, check out SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 3: Where Minnesota Is Mystifying

The NFL power rankings for Week 3 stay pretty similar at the top with the San Francisco 49ers in front of everyone else, but we're wondering just good the San Diego Super Chargers are this season.

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