The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Tight end Vernon Davis caught his fourth touchdown pass in three games this season.
The 49ers converted 40 percent of their third-down conversion chances.
San Francisco scored on three of its first five possessions. The 49ers appeared close to scoring on a fourth until the Vikings blocked a field-goal attempt in the second quarter.
Linebacker NaVorro Bowman was credited with 18 tackles.
Kyle Williams had kickoff returns covering 93 and 50 yards.
Coach Jim Harbaugh was able to coax a fourth timeout from replacement officials.
This is only the fifth "Silver Linings" file for the 49ers since Harbaugh became coach. We had to strong-arm the 49ers logo into appearing within this item. It agreed on one condition: that we agreed not to mention Frederick P. Soft.
Looking ahead: The 49ers visit the New York Jets in Week 4.