Was it just one of those nights, or did the Niners expose a weakness in the Bears defense?
I believe it was just one of those games that happens once or twice a year where the defense does not perform up to it's lofty standards. They were dominated, as Colin Kaepernick dazzled with his skill set in his first professional start, passing for 243 yards and two touchdowns. The Niners out-gained the Bears 353-143 in yards and the Chicago defense yielded a season-high for points.
The Bears do not grade out at the top in yards allowed—eighth against the run and 11th against the pass—yet they still have one of the league's best defenses and have forced a league-high 30 turnovers in their first 10 games.
On the strength of their defense, the Monsters of the Midway will find themselves in the postseason. Let's take a look at the key reasons why this defense will have the Bears playing in January.