San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
49ers topple the Bears, 32-7 on Monday Night Football
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had his coming out game -- in his first NFL start no less. Against the fierce Bears defense, the 49ers No. 2 QB went 16-of-23 for 243 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Kaepernick was in complete control and looked like a seasoned veteran. He was relaxed but completely aware, as he carried the 49ers offense to a huge win on primetime. He threw ropes all over the field with great touch, connecting with his playmakers and distributing the ball well.
The secondary storylines of the night are the three tandems that had big nights: Bowman & Willis, Hunter & Gore and Smith & Smith.
These three duos operated in sync and at a high level all night. It all contributed to a great overall team performance. But highlighting the defensive side of the ball was Aldon Smith.
Smith finished the night with 5.5 sacks and a safety. He rocketed himself to No. 1 in the NFL's sack category and perhaps the Defensive Player of the Year discussion as well.
Tomorrow, the NFL pipeline should be buzzing about Colin Kaepernick and Aldon Smith. But what might overshadow Aldon's brilliant performance will be the inevitable question: Is Alex Smith on his way out at the hand of Colin Kaepernick?
At least following the 2012-13 season, there could be some significant organizational changes.
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And that's game...
The 49ers will move to 7-2-1 on the 2012 season. A great team win by Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers. It will make for an interesting Tuesday morning, that's for sure.
49ers win 32-7.
49ers Ball Security
Bears have forced at least two turnovers in every game they've played before tonight.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) November 20, 2012
:28 remaining in the fourth quarter...
There is a clock stoppage, but this one is well over.
1:00 remaining in the fourth quarter...
San Francisco is running clock. It's Kaepernick handing the ball of to Anthony Dixon. They are going to close this one out here. A great win for the 49ers.
In every aspect for 4 quarters of play
SF looks so much faster than CHI in all three phases.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) November 20, 2012
2:18 remaining in the fourth quarter...
And the 49ers have all their backups in. It was a disappointing game for the Bears.
Doesn't look like Aldon will get a chance. Looked like he just tried to lobby to get back in. Coach said no.— Kyle Bonagura (@KyleBonagura) November 20, 2012
4:00 remaining in the fourth quarter...
The Bears are still on the offensive but it is futile at this point. They are not in the 2-minute drill -- defeat is inevitable. The 49ers controlled this game from beginning to end. It was a great all-around team performance by the home team.
The NFL record for sacks in a game is 7. Derrick Thomas (KC) vs Seattle in 1990. Aldon Smith needs 2 to tie. 6:49 left.— Kyle Bonagura (@KyleBonagura) November 20, 2012
Bears offense was atrocious tonight against this 49ers defense...
Did I hear that right? 46 plays, 92 yards? How embarrassing.— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) November 20, 2012
Ah, yes...the inevitable question...
Should Alex Smith be worried about his starting job?— ESPN First Take (@ESPN_FirstTake) November 20, 2012
8:32 remaining in the fourth quarter...
And the 49ers went with a conservative approach on offense. With a 32-7 lead and time winding down, the Niners just ran it three times and punted.
The Bears will take over and unfortunately have to deal with more Aldon Smith.
9:26 remaining in the fourth quarter...
And the 49ers now lead 32-7 after the safety. Colin Kaepernick and the offense will take over.
9:24 remaining in the fourth quarter...
Aldon Smith busted through AGAIN and sacked Jason Campbell. This one made 5.5 on the night with almost ten minutes remaining. Smith is a sack and a half away from Derrick Thomas' single-game record.
5.5 sacks for Aldon Smith tonight?— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) November 20, 2012
Bears are embarrassing themselves.— Dylan MacNamara (@DylanMacNamara) November 20, 2012
Just as clear: This Niner team is loaded everywhere else on the field. When they're firing on all cylinders, I think they're the NFL's best.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 20, 2012
Patrick Willis & Navorro Bowman maybe the best LB tandem in NFL history.— Bill Romanowski (@billromanowski) November 20, 2012
They cannot stop Smith and Smith...
Aldon Smith low, Justin Smith high. They share the sack. That's 4.5 and counting on the game for Aldon Smith.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) November 20, 2012
Willis Blows Up Forte
No. 52 has been all over the place tonight. After a poor showing by him and NaVorro Bowman a week ago, it's great to see them rebound.
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