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The scene shifts to the opening of Levi's Stadium in prime time on Sunday night. If the Bears were ever looking to play the San Francisco 49ers, it's better to get them early.
It's been a preseason marred with struggles on offense and off-field issues for the 49ers. Linebacker Aldon Smith is out, linebacker Navarro Bowman is hurt and defensive end Ray McDonald could miss time after a recent arrest.
Even with those issues on defense, it's the offense the 49ers need to be concerned about. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his first team offense failed to get into the end zone all preseason.
There will be a ton of energy in the air, as the hometown fans will look to open the new stadium with a win, but the Bears can weather the tide and pull out a tough win on the road.
Jay Cutler has played well of late on Sunday nights, and the Bears can move the football against this depleted defense. This might be a different outcome if it were Week 14, but the Bears catch an early break.
Look for a late Robbie Gould field goal and a heavy dose of Matt Forte on the newly re-sodded turf for the surprising win.
Final Score: Bears 16, 49ers 13
Overall Record: 2-0