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Garrett Celek

Carlos Hyde, defense lead 49ers past Vikings, 20-3

SAN FRANCISCO Just when it looked like another road block would ruin a San Francisco 49ers drive, Carlos Hyde spun his 235-pound body and reversed course for their first touchdown of the season.

Hyde was only just beginning, and so is a 49ers season that doesn't look quite so dire after their 20-3 opening win over the Minnesota Vikings at a soldout Levi's Stadium.

Complementing Hyde's first 100-yard rushing game of his career, as well as his two touchdown runs, was a sturdy and aggressive effort by the 49ers revamped defense, which included NaVorro Bowman's return from a January 2014 knee injury.

Underdogs in front of a sold-out home crowd, the 49ers...