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Defining performance in progress for 49ers

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

MINNEAPOLIS -- The 49ers are one of the toughest teams I can recall covering closely.

Shaun Hill has now taken them 80 yards for touchdowns in the fourth quarters of both road games, at Arizona and now at Minnesota.

The 24-20 lead with 8:12 remaining is remarkable. Left tackle Joe Staley left the game with a leg injury during that drive. Left guard David Baas is hurting. Frank Gore hasn't played since the 49ers' second possession.

This would be a defining victory for the 49ers. It's already a defining performance.

ESPN's Matthew Berry is looking pretty smart, too, after Vernon Davis caught that 20-yard touchdown pass.