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 living room.
9:52 Here are the 49ers inactives:
- DL Aaron Lynch
- DL Tank Carradine
- DL D.J. Jones
- DL Pita Taumoepenu
- OL Tim Barnes
- DB Antone Exum Jr.
- RB Jeremy McNichols
Right tackle Trent Brown and free safety Adrian Colbert are active.
9:57 Here are the Bears inactives:
- DB Adrian Amos
- DB Deon Bush
- DB Bryce Callahan
- OL Hroniss Grasu
- DB DeAndre Houston-Carson
- RB Taquan Mizzell
- QB Mark Sanchez
10:02 The 49ers will receive the opening kickoff.
10:14 Jimmy Garoppolo leads the offense to the Bears nine-yard line, but a holding penalty by Trent Brown on second-and-goal backs up the 49ers to the 19-yard line, and their drive ends. Robbie Gould makes a 33-yard field goal. The 49ers lead 3-0.
10:19 On third-and-8, Elvis Dumervil sacks Mitchell Trubisky, and the Bears go three-and-out. They look totally inept. Trent Taylor returns the punt 19 yards to the 49ers 46-yard line.
10:26 On third-and-9 from the 49ers 47, Garoppolo throws slightly behind Louis Murphy, who was running a shallow crossing route, and Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller rips the ball out of Murphy’s hands to make the interception. Bears ball.
10:36 On third-and-five from the 49ers eight-yard line, Trubisky throws a touchdown pass to Dontrelle Inman, who beat reserve cornerback Greg Mabin across the back of the end zone. Mabin was playing for Dontae Johnson, who was injured on the previous play. Bears lead 7-3.
10:37 Key sequence on that drive: Solomon Thomas jumped offsides on third-and-7. And on third-and-2, K’Waun Williams gave up an 11-yard catch to Kendall Wright, who ran a quick slant route. I don’t understand why Robert Saleh allows his corners to get beat by quick slants on third-and-short so frequently. They should use inside leverage to take away the inside-breaking routes.
10:47 Garoppolo easily moves the offense into the red zone with three straight completions longer than 15 yards. But when he reaches the red zone, he throws a pass to Murphy who is out of bounds, and then throws a four-yard pass to Carlos Hyde on third-and-7. Gould makes a 28-yard field goal, and the Niners trail 7-6.
10:55 On third-and-10, Trubisky scrambles and gets tackled by Reuben Foster six inches short of the first down.
11:05 On first-and-10 from the 49ers 24, Garoppolo fakes a handoff, rolls to his right and runs into Lamarr Houston, who sacks Garoppolo for an 11-yard loss. The 49ers punt three plays later.
11:06 Tarik Cohen returns the punt 61 yards for the touchdown. Bears lead 14-6. He ran backward first, then turned around and ran about 80 yards untouched. The play looked like a highlight from an outtakes reel.
11:22 Garoppolo moves the offense to the Bears seven-yard line, but George Kittle commits a false start, and then Marquise Goodwin does on the next play. On third-and-11 from the Bears 17, Garoppolo rolls to his right, fades backward and throws a rope to Kittle, who jumps and catches the ball out of bounds. Almost looked like “The Catch,” but the play didn’t count. Gould makes a 35-yard field goal, and the Niners trail 14-9.
11:24 The first half ends. The Bears will get the ball to start the second half.
11:27 The 49ers committed eight penalties in the first half, and six were enforced. New quarterback. Same undisciplined team. That’s Kyle Shanahan’s fault.
11:47 On third-and-6 from the 49ers 42-yard line, Solomon Thomas lines up a one-technique nose tackle, beats the center, hits Trubisky and forces an incomplete pass. That’s the best way to use Thomas — as a pass-rushing nose tackle on third down. The 49ers get the ball at their 14 after the punt.
12:00 Garoppolo moves the offense into the red zone for the fourth time, but this time he throws a two-yard pass to Kendrick Bourne on third-and-6 from the 16. Bourne catches the ball, but the officials flag him for illegal touching because he stepped out of bounds before making the catch. Loss of down. Gould makes a 34-yard field goal, and the 49ers trail 14-12. The offense is 0-4 in the red zone today.
12:08 On first down, Trubisky fumbles the snap and recovers the ball. On third down, the Bears forget to block Cassius Marsh, who strips Trubisky. Trubisky recovers and the third quarter ends. The 49ers should win this game.
12:11 The 49ers get the ball at their 48 after the punt. They need just a couple first downs to get in field-goal range.
12:18 On second-and-2 from the Bears 33, Garrett Celek commits a block-in-the-back penalty that knocks the 49ers out of field-goal range. On third-and-14 from the Bears 45, Garoppolo throws too high for Louis Murphy, and the pass is incomplete. The 49ers punt.
12:28 On third-and-12 from the 49ers 48, Trubisky scrambles for six yards. Then the Bears punt. Trent Taylor makes a fair catch the 49ers eight-yard line.
12:47 Gould makes a 24-yard field goal with four seconds left. The 49ers lead 15-14.
12:49 The 49ers win. Stay tuned for my grades and postgame Periscope.