This is the live blog for the 49ers 2022 season opener against the Chicago Bears in Chicago. I will provide updates and analysis from the Soldier Field press box throughout the game.
8:30 There has been a steady rain for the last 90 minutes. The tarp came off about 30 minutes ago and there are already huge puddles from inside the numbers out to the sidelines.
Players have been on the field warming up and there are splashes coming up with each step they take. Trey Lance has already dropped a shotgun snap, and receivers are having a hard time holding onto the ball as well .
8:40 Inactive today for the 49ers: Brock Purdy, Ty Davis-Price, Danny Gray, George Kittle, Daniel Brunskill, Nick Zakelj, Jordan Willis
For the second year in a row the rookie running back drafted in the 3rd round is inactive for the opener. Actually, both 3rd round pics from this year are inactive today with Danny Gray joining Davis-Price on the sidelines.
8:55 Inactive for the Bears: WR Velus Jones, DB Elijah Hicks, DE Jonathan Kingsley, OL Ja’Tyre Carter, OL Alex Leatherwood, TE Trevon Wesco
With Velus Jones out, it looks like former 49er Dante Pettis will be the Bears primary punt returner today.
9:15 Blake Hance will be the backup at center today for the 49ers.
9:28 Tashaun Gipson lining up at safety opposite Talanoa Hufanga with the starting defense. George Odum and Tarvarius Moore with the backups.
10:02 49ers won the toss and deferred. The Bears will get the ball to start this game.
10:05 Justin Fields opens the game with a throw to the left. Samuel Womack nearly came away with the interception.
10:06 Samson Ebukam sacks Fields on 3rd down. The 49ers will take over at their own 43. Great start.
10:10 Lance has Aiyuk wide open on an over route off play action and hits him for a gain of 31. On the next play Deebo Samuel runs around the left side and fumbles when he is hit. Chicago recovers at their own 12.
Samuel had trouble holding on to the ball in the rain last year against Indianapolis at Levi’s Stadium. His fumble after a reception late in the first half led to the Colts taking a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
10:16 Charles Omenihu is lining up inside at defensive tackle on passing downs. DeMeco Ryans used Arden Key in this role during the second half of last season.
10:17 Dre Greenlaw had his hands on running back David Montgomery but couldn’t wrap him up, leading to a 16 yard gain.
10:22 Talanoa Hufanga with his first career interception to end the Bears possession. He made a nice stop on a run the play before. Not a bad start for the second year safety.
10:28 Trey Lance had Tyler Kroft wide open on a wheel route down the left sideline but overthrew him. That miss leads to 3rd and long where Mike McGlinchey was beat by Dominique Robinson for a sack. 49ers have to punt.
10:32 The 49ers are a Deebo Samuel fumble and Trey Lance overthrow from being up at by at least ten right now. Will the missed opportunities come back to haunt them?
10:34 Emmanuel Moseley misses a tackle on first down leading to a gain of eight. On the next play Dre Greenlaw is called for a personal foul and the Bears are out to the 30. That looked like a bad call.
10:37 Talanoa Hufanga continues to play well in this first quarter. The safety blows up a screen leading to a loss of two. Javon Kinlaw down after the play. Kevin Givens is in to replace him.
10:39 Nick Bosa is so good. Had a quarterback hit earlier and comes up with a sack of Fields on 3rd and 8 to end another Bears possession.
10:42 After a pair of Elijah Mitchell runs sets up 3rd and 3, Lance avoids pressure but throws behind Jauan Jennings over the middle. Jennings was being used in a tight end tole on that play, he started in the backfield before motioning to the slot on the left side.
10:44 The first quarter comes to a close with the game tied at zero. The 49ers have dominated, but have nothing to show for it.
10:48 The 49ers defense is dominating. They come up with a quick three and out and Ray Ray McCloud returns the ball to the 48. Good field position once again.
10:53 What a throw by Trey Lance. On the second play of the drive, he throws it to Ray Ray McCloud for a gain of 20 yards. McCloud was running an over route from right to left and Lance got it right over the head of a Bears defender.
10:56 The wide back makes the Bears pay. Deebo Samuel with a run around the right side and powers his way into the endzone to give the 49ers a 7-0 lead.
11:02 Dre Greenlaw with a tackle for loss on first down and Charvarius Ward with his first pass breakup as a 49er on second down leads to another quick three and out for Chicago.
Javon Kinlaw is back in the game for the 49ers after going down with an injury earlier.
11:08 That’s why the 49ers brought in Trey Lance. 3rd and 13, and he picks up 13 on a quarterback draw. He’s been on target for the most part as well.
11:10 On 3rd and 9, Lance checks down to Jeff Wilson for a short gain, but he had Deebo Samuel over the middle. Was a little quick on that one. 49ers punt it away.
11:19 They just announced that Elijah Mitchell is out for the rest of the game with a knee injury.
11:21 Samson Ebukam loses contain and Justin Fields takes off for 12 yards. Fields is starting to get comfortable moving around. He’s gained 26 yards rushing on this possession.
11:24 Charvarius Ward with tight coverage on a deep throw down the right sideline forces Chicago to attempt a 47 yard field goal. The punter is then called for unsportsmanlike conduct because he brought a towel out to wipe down the grass. That’s not allowed. Bears punt.
11:27 Halftime: 49ers 7 Bears 0
This game shouldn’t be close right now.
11:35 Trey Lance finishes the first half 6-10, 70 yards throwing and three rushes for 21 yards.
Elijah Mitchell with 41 yards on six carries and Deebo Samuel with 40 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
On defense the 49ers have sacks by Nick Bosa and Samson Ebukam. Talanoa Hufanga has an interception and they’ve held Justin Fields to 19 yards on three of nine throwing for a passer rating of 2.8.
11:51 The 49ers offense opens the second half with a long drive, led by a big run from Deebo Samuel and a 44 yard connection from Lance to Jauan Jennings.
The offense stalled in the redzone. On third and goal from the four, Lance doesn’t throw to an open Ross Dwelley and is sacked.
Robbie Gould comes on to kick a short field goal to give San Francisco a 10-0 lead.
11:58 Talanoa Hufanga has been all over the field today. Drops the running back for no gain.
On the next play though, the 49ers lose contain on Justin Fields and he finds Dante Pettis all alone on the right side for a 51 yard touchdown. It’s now 49ers 10 Bears 7.
12:03 The 49ers have so many missed opportunities in this game. The Lance overthrow to Kroft. Deebo Samuel’s fumble. Not throwing to Dwelley, and Gipson not coming up with the interception on that last possession.
12:08 The 49ers pick up a first down, but Lance is forced to scramble on the next third down and is tackled just short of the line to gain.
12:13 Rookie cornerback Samuel Womack is beat on a wheel route up the right sideline by Byron Pringle for a gain of 22. A couple plays later Fields breaks contain and Ward is forced to grab the receiver to stay with him leading to another first down.
The 49ers defense dominated in the first half, but the offense couldn’t take advantage. Now the game is in doubt as we enter the fourth quarter.
12:22 Justin Fields caps off the Bears drive with an 18 yard touchdown pass to cap an 84 yard drive and give Chicago a 13-10 lead.
Azeez Al-Shaair called for a personal foul on a short run by Fields. Such a tough play for the linebacker as the quarterback started to slide just as he got to him.
12:28 Trey Lance never found himself down in the fourth quarter in college. It will be interesting to see how he responds.
12:35 Lance is intercepted on 3rd and 5 as he tries to hit Jauan Jennings on a slant to the left. Stared it down the whole way and led the defender right to it.
12:39 Chicago takes advantage of the turnover. Khalil Herbert takes it in from three yards out to give the Bears a 19-10 lead.
12:53 The offense has been unable to do much in the second half. Lance throws wide on 4th down and the 49ers are going to start this season 0-1.