This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week-13 road game against the Chicago Bears. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my new apartment.
8:30 As I wrote in the previous blog, Colin Kaepernick will exercise the player option in his restructured contract to become a free agent after this season. I suppose he thinks he can get a contract worth more $14.9 million per year, which is what he would make next season if he doesn’t exercise his player option. Do you think he’ll find such a contract?
8:31 Here are the 49ers’ inactives:
- OLB Aaron Lynch
- QB Christian Ponder
- DB Marcus Cromartie
- RB Mike Davis
- DT Tony Jerod-Eddie
- OT John Theus
- TE Je’Ron Hamm
This means starting wide receiver Quinton Patton is active.
8:32 And here are the Bears’ inactives:
- QB Jay Cutler
- WR Eddie Royal
- DB Adrian Amos
- DL Jonathan Bullard
- DB De’Vante Bausby
- OL Cornelius Edison
- Deiondre Hall
Royal and Amos were “questionable” for this game. They are starters who won’t play. Another starter who was “questionable” — Leonard Floyd — apparently will play. So the Bears have that going for them.
8:52 The 49ers are missing 6 starters
- OLB Aaron Lynch
- DT Arik Armstead
- WR Bruce Ellington
- S Eric Reid
- ILB NaVorro Bowman
- ILB Ray Ray Armstrong
The Bears are missing 11 starters
- WR Alshon Jeffery
- WR Kevin White
- WR Eddie Royal
- TE Zach Miller
- OL Kyle Long
- QB Jay Cutler
- DT Lamarr Houston
- ILB Jerrell Freeman
- ILB Danny Trevathan
- S Adrian Amos
- CB Kyle Fuller
10:03 The 49ers receive the opening kickoff.
10:09 The 49ers drive deep into Bears territory, but then Vance McDonald commits a holding penalty, and then Colin Kaepernick takes a sack for a 13-yard loss, and the 49ers have to punt.
10:14 The 49ers give up a 17-yard run to Jordan Howard, but the Bears punt three plays later after Matt Barkley scrambles for five yards on third-and-13.
10:18 Colin Kaepernick runs into another sack on third-and-4, and the Niners go three-and-out. Vic Fangio knows he has to keep Kaepernick in the pocket.
10:23 Bears guard Eric Kush commits a false start penalty on first-and-10, and the Bears go three-and-out after Matt Barkley throws a deep pass out of bounds on third-and-14. Barn burner!
10:24 Shaun Draughn commits a holding penalty during the punt return, and the flag backs up the 49ers to their 12-yard line.
10:34 Carlos Hyde loses a yard on first-and-10 as the first quarter ends. The Niners have run the ball every play during this drive.
10:40 Joshua Garnett commits a holding penalty on the first play of the second quarter. Then on third-and-15, Carlos Hyde runs up the middle and gains seven yards. Then the 49ers punt from the Bears’ 32-yard line. Then Chicago’s punt returner makes a fair catch at his 5-yard line. Top-notch football.
10:47 Matt Barkley completes the first pass of the game, but it doesn’t count because the Bears’ left tackle is flagged for being an ineligible man downfield, and Chicago punts.
10:49 Shaun Draughn blocks the punt, Dontae Johnson recovers it and returns it to the 4-yard line where he steps out of bounds. Then he runs into the end zone and gets flagged 15 yards for making a snow angel.
10:52 Kaepernick completes a 4-yard pass to Vance McDonald on third-and-7, and Phil Dawson makes a 31-yard field goal. That was one costly snow angel. 3-0 Niners.
10:56 Shaun Draughn forces a fumble during the kick return. The play is under review.
10:59 Call stands. Niners’ ball at the Bears’ 37.
11:04 Hyde gains 5 yards up the middle on third-and-14 from the Bears’ 15 just before the 2-minute warning.
11:08 Dawson makes a 28-yard field goal to give the 49ers 6 points, which should be more than enough to beat the Bears.
11:19 Scratch that. The Bears drive 81 yards and score a touchdown with 31 seconds left. 7-6 Chicago. Matt Barkley completed 3-of-4 pass attempts for 47 yards on that drive.
11:21 Kaepernick takes a knee and lets the clock run out. The Bears will get the ball if they don’t fumble the kickoff when the third quarter starts.
11:43 Jordan Howard scores for 2 yards out on third-and-1. That’s a 75-yard touchdown drive for Chicago to start the second half. 14-6 Bears. Matt Barkley is averaging 9.8 yards per pass attempt and his QB rating is 91.3.
11:50 On third-and-6, Kaepernick under-throws a deep pass to Shaun Draugh, who was open, and the pass hits a defender in the helmet. Niners go three-and-out. Bears’ ball at their 36 after the punt.
11:56 Jordan Howard bulldozes his way into the end zone from 6 yards out one play after Josh Bellamy beat Jimmie Ward down the sideline for a 31-yard catch. 21-6 Chicago. You’ve got to be kidding me.
12:02 Kaepernick runs out of bounds for a sack on second-and-7, then runs into the pass rush for a sack on third-and-7. But he’s been playing great lately! Bears’ ball at their 35 after the punt.
12:06 On third-and-6, Bellamy beats Brock deep but drops a well-thrown pass. Bears go three-and-out. Niners’ ball at their 15 after a fair catch.
12:10 Kaepernick takes a sack and fumbles on first down, but Joshua Garnett recovers. Then on third down, Kaepernick overthrows McDonald by a cool 10 yards. Niners go three-and-out.
12:13 Howard runs 25 yards to the 49ers’ 33 as the third quarter ends. Un-freaking-believable. The Niners are getting dominated by an inferior roster.
12:20 Ahmad Brooks sacks Barkley on third-and-8 from the Niners’ 19, and Connor Barth makes a 45-yard field goal. 24-6 Chicago. Time for the king of garbage time to do his thing.
12:26 Scratch that. Chip Kelly just benched Kaepernick.
12:28 Gabbert completes his first pass — an 18-yarder to Kerley. But he misses he next three passes and the Niners punt.
12:33 Quinton Dial is injured during a four-yard run by Howard.
12;36 The Bears stop Howard for a loss of 1 on third-and-2 from the Bears’ 49, and Chicago punts.
12:37 This is your reminder that Jim Tomsula beat the Bears in Chicago last season.
12:43 Gabbert under-throws Torrey Smith on third-and-19. Bears’ ball at their 46 after the fair catch.
12:53 Leonard Floyd sacks Gabbert in the end zone on second-and-5. Safety. 26-6 Bears.
12:57 Bears win. Stay tuned for grades.