The Minnesota Vikings' defense has looked good early on against the San Francisco 49ers, but the visiting team has managed to dent the scoreboard on their second drive of the afternoon.
San Francisco started out at their own 35-yard line after a bad punt by Chris Kluwe, and eventually made their way down the field into Minnesota territory. A nice tackle by Jasper Brinkley gave the 49ers a 4th and short situation at the Minnesota 11-yard line, and Jim Harbaugh elected to play it safe, bringing on David Akers for a 29-yard field goal to put the Niners within 7-3.
A developing story for the Vikings at this time is an injury to second-year safety Mistral Raymond. Raymond came up in run support in an attempt to stop Niners running back Frank Gore on the final play of the first quarter, and appeared to get his ankle caught in the turf. It didn't look that bad on the replay, but Raymond had his entire right let immobilized and needed to be carted off of the field. We're awaiting word on the injury, and will pass it along when we get it.
WIth 12:13 left in the first half at the Metrodome, the Minnesota Vikings lead the San Francisco 49ers, 7-3.