The most ardent Minnesota Vikings fans looked at the 2012 schedule and insisted the team had to start 2-1 to head down any sort of positive path for the coming season.
The Vikings have started 2-1 alright, just not in the manner that anyone expected.
Last week, they lost to the worst team in the league in a heartbreaking fashion, and it looked like the sky was falling. Two mediocre performances against two of the worst teams in the league and coming into town Sunday was the 49ers, the team that almost every expert who ranks such things had at the very top of the NFL.
So, of course, the Vikings completely manhandle the 49ers and walk away with a convincing 24-13 win.
Who'd have thought it? Let's just say that after the Patriots loss to the Cardinals last week and the 49ers losing to the Vikings today, most survivor pools are down to fewer people than those who have walked on the moon.
What was remarkable about the Vikings' win on Sunday is that, on a day that all sorts of crazy things were happening around the league, this game was no fluke. The Vikings dominated the 49ers in almost every facet of the game.
So yes Vikings fans, that game did just happen, and no, Jim Harbaugh doesn't have any challenges left. As we catch our breath, we take a look at the five biggest things we learned from the Vikings' huge win.