This is the live blog for the San Francisco 49ers’ Week 13 road game against the Chicago Bears. I’ll update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room.
8:20 Adam Schefter just tweeted this: “49ers and Colin Kaepernick met last week and team expressed it’s open to bringing him back, per sources. Door not closed on return to SF.”
Here’s how I interpret that report: Trent Baalke would rather trade Kaepernick than cut him, but Baalke can’t trade Kaepernick unless other teams think the Niners want him. This is a fruitless attempt to create trade value.
8:30 Here are the 49ers’ inactives:
WR Jerome Simpson
WR DeAndrew White
RB Carlos Hyde
CB Chris Davis
G Brandon Thomas
OL Ian Silberman
TE Garrett Celek
This means Daniel Kilgore is active, although he doesn’t seem to be starting.
8:45 Here are the Bears’ inactives
WR Eddie Royal
S Antrel Rolle
WR Marquess Wilson
DL Bruce Gaston
CB Jacoby Glenn
RB Antone Smith
OL Nick Becton
9:47 Ian Rapoport has more information on Schefter’s earlier report: “49ers QB Colin Kaepernick sat down with GM Trent Baalke this week & discussed, among other things, FA targets for 2016. Kap in their plans.”
Not buying it. The Yorks won’t spend $16 million on a backup quarterback.
10:03 The Bears win the toss and defer.
10:05 Blaine Gabbert throws late to Anquan Boldin on a curl route, and the pass gets knocked down on second-and-10. On third-and-10, Gabbert faces pressure and checks down to Draughn for a five-yard loss. Niners go three-and-out.
10:07 Bears start at the Niners’ 41.
10:10 On third-and-3, NaVorro Bowman blitzes and bursts through the line unblocked. Jay Cutler checks down to Martellus Bennett for a one-yard gain. The Bears kick the field goal and take a 3-0 lead.
10:14 Tony Jerod-Eddie commits a holding penalty on the kick-return. Niners start at their 18.
10:17 Blaine Gabbert throws a grounder on second-and-6, and takes a sack on third-and-6. Looking like Blaine Gabbert early on.
10:24 Jeremy Langford drops a pass on third-and-2, and Robbie Gould makes a 51-yard field goal. The Niners had only 10 men on the field during that kick.
10:30 Geep Chryst calls a run on third-and-6, and Erik Pears commits a holding penalty. On third-and-16, Gabbert throws a six-yard pass to Vance McDonald running a curl route.
10:33 Cutler telegraphs a screen pass to the outside. Jimmy Ward jumps the route, intercepts the pass and returns it for a touchdown. But, Phil Dawson misses the extra point. Score tied at 6.
10:40 The 49ers have five yards of offense at the end of the first quarter.
10:41 Michaeil Wilhoite has an ankle injury and is questionable to return. Gerald Hodges, Wilhoite’s replacement, tackled Matt Forte for a two-yard loss on the first play of this drive. Since then, Forte has picked up 19 yards on three carries.
10:44 On first-and-goal from the 5, Bowman hits Forte in the backfield, Forte spins off Bowman and scores. Bowman is having a bad game. He gave up a 14-yard catch on a screen pass to Forte a few plays earlier.
10:45 Ian Williams is hurt. The Niners are starting to drop.
10:46 Gerald Hodges seems like a gambler who has no idea where the run is going.
10:47 Niners defense giving up 4.7 yards per carry so far.
10:46 Robbie Gould makes the extra point. Bears lead 13-6.
10:48 49ers looking for their first first down.
10:55 On third-and-9 from the 49ers’ 45, Vance McDonald catches an underneath passes and runs for a first-down, but seems to suffer a leg injury.
10:56 Actually, it seems he took a shot to the head.
11:01 Draughn scores from one yard out. 15-play drive. Score tied at 13.
11:08 Bowman slips and misses a tackle on second down. He’s hurt.
11:09 Kenneth Acker holds Jeffery’s left arm on third-and-16, but the refs don’t throw a flag. Big break for SF. Bears punt.
11:12 Bowman may have a concussion.
11:15 Gabbert throws a check-down pass off his back foot that sails over Draughn’s head on third-and-8.
11:16 A Bears player touches the punt as it’s bouncing on the ground. About nine 49ers try to jump on the ball, but it bounces out of the back of the end zone for a touch back. Good effort, though.
11:30 Ahmad Brooks jumped offsides yet again, and my have gotten benched for it.
11:31 Jeffery drops a pass on third-and-6, and the Bears will punt.
11:33 Bears down the punt at the Niners 6.
11:33 Daniel Kilgore in.
11:36 Draughn runs out the clock with four straight carries.
11:37 For the first time this season, the Niners defense showed up to a road game.
11:50 Bowman is back for the beginning of the third quarter.
12:01 The 49ers stop Matt Forte on third-and-3, but Quinton Dial seems to have knocked out Aaron Lynch with the crown of his helmet.
12:02 Wilhoite and McDonald are both out for the rest of the game.
12:02 Niners having a tough time tackling Jeremy Langford, who’s averaging 6.6 yards per carry. Forte is averaging just 3.9.
12:04 Robbie Gould misses a field goal wide left. Niners start at their 31.
12:07 Blake Bell drops a pass on third-and-6, and the Niners go three-and-out. Gabbert took a sack on first down. Nice halftime adjustments by Geep Chryst. Vic Fangio owns him.
12:16 The Niners adjust to Langford and force the Bears to punt from midfield. Bruce Ellington makes a fair catch at the 15.
12:22 Eddie Goldman bulldozes Marcus Martin and sacks Gabbert on third-and-14. Niners go three-and-out. Bears start in Niners territory.
12:28 Jeffery beats Brock deep on third-and-19, but Cutler overthrows the pass. Bears punt.
12:33 On third-and-10, Joe Staley jumps out of his stance a second too late and lets Lamarr Houston run right by him. Hilarious. Gabbert flees the pocket, runs for six yards and the Niners punt.
12:38 Jaquiski Tartt blitzes and sacks Cutler on third-and-10. Great play call by Mangini.
12:43 Gabbert sails a seam pass over Boldin’s head on third-and-5. This is Gabbert’s worst start of the season.
12:51 Cutler hits Jeffery for 31 yards on third-and-three, then hits Marc Mariani for 26 yards the very next play. Kadeem Carey scores on first-and-goal from the five. 20-13 Bears with 3:32 left.
12:56 Staley gets beat for a sack on first down — he’s having a dreadful game. But, Gabbert scrambles for nine yards on third-and-six. Niners have the ball near midfield with two minutes left. Can they win?
12:59 On third-and-3, Gabbert runs through the middle of the defense for a 44-yard touchdown run. Adrian Amos had him and whiffed.
1:02 Deonte Thompson returns the kick 74 yards.
1:05 On third-and-10 from the Niners’ 28, the Bears run right at Gerald Hodges and pick up 12. Hodges got blocked out of the play.
1:09 Gould misses another field goal — this time a 36-yarder — and this game is going to overtime.
1:14 Ellington returns the kick to the Niners 40.
1:16 Gabbert throws three straight incomplete passes in the vicinity of Boldin, and the Niners go three-and-out. Bears to start from their 16.
1:19 On third-and-8, Cutler rolls left, Tony Jerod-Eddie deflects his pass and Corey Lemonier drops the easy interception. Bears go three-and-out.
1:22 On first-and-10 from the 29, Gabbert throws a 71-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Torrey Smith. Ball game. Stay tuned for grades.