Monday night was the "Carlos Hyde Show."
The second-year running back racked up 168 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.
The 49ers made a concerted effort to establish a power-run game, as opposed to airing it out.
"They played to (Colin) Kaepernick's strengths," NFL Films Senior Producer Greg Cosell told KNBR 680-AM on Tuesday night. "They did play-action boot, they had some read-option concepts. They had quick, easy throws; defined throws ... with this particular quarterback, this is the way they have to play."
When Jim Tomsula was introduced as head coach of the 49ers on Jan. 15, he made it clear that his team would rely heavily on the ground game.
General manager Trent Baalke, who was sitting next to Tomsula at the podium, interjected at one point saying, "I think somewhere in there, he said we’re going to run the football.”
On Monday night against the Vikings, one reason the 49ers were able to stick with the running game was because San Francisco's defense was stifling Adrian Peterson and the Vikings' offense.
The 49ers never trailed and didn't need to make up ground in a hurry.
"The game allowed it to be the case where they didn't have to do the drop-back pass game very often," Cosell explained. "He (Kaepernick) made a couple of good throws late ... will there be games he has to do more drop-back passing? Absolutely. And then we'll find out more about his development."
Kaepernick completed 17 of 26 passes for 165 yards, and rushed seven times for 41 yards.
The 27-year old worked extensively in the offseason on becoming more comfortable throwing from the pocket.
Early last week, former 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci said, "I think Colin Kaepernick will prove he’s an improved quarterback from the pocket, which is what we’ve been waiting for.”
According to Cosell, the jury is still out.
"This was the kind of game, and I don't mean this term in a malicious way, where you could in some ways hide the quarterback," Cosell said. "Kaepernick was not the driving force in this offense, in this scheme. He didn't have to be ... He wasn't forced to have to make a lot of difficult throws. He wasn't put in a lot of long-yardage situations ... there will be games in which those things happen."