SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the 49ers’ Week 16 game against the Chicago Bears. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
12:31 Here are the 49ers inactives:
- SS Jaquiski Tartt.
- DL Sheldon Day.
- NT Earl Mitchell.
- RB Alfred Morris.
- S Tyree Robinson.
- OL Erik Magnuson.
- OT Shon Coleman.
12:32 Here are the Bears inactives:
- FS Eddie Jackson.
- LB Aaron Lynch.
- WR Kevin White.
- QB Tyler Bray.
- OL Rashaad Coward.
- DT Nick Williams.
- WR Javon Wims.
1:04 The 49ers win the toss and defer. The Bears will receive the opening kickoff.
1:09 On third and 2 from the 49ers 49-yard line, Allen Robinson drops a pass from Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears punt on the next play, and the ball bounces into the end zone. The 49ers will start from their 20.
1:13 On third and four from 49ers 26, Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks pushes center Weston Richburg into the backfield and knocks down Nick Mullens’ pass. The 49ers go three and out. The Bears take over at their 25 after the punt.
1:22 On first and 10 from the Bears 38, Robinson runs an out-and-up — a double move — and beats free safety Antone Exum Jr. for a 43-yard catch.
1:23 Five plays later, Bears kicker Cody Parkey misses a 37-yard field goal wide right. Parkey has missed seven of 29 field goal attempts this season. He’s awful. The 49ers can win this game if it becomes a field-goal competition.
1:27 On third and nine, Hicks pushes Richburg into the backfield again and knocks down Mullens’ pass. The 49ers go three-and-out again. The Bears have one hell of a defense.
1:33 On first and 15 from the Bears 17, Cassius Marsh sacks Trubisky four an eight-yard loss. The Bears eventually go three and out. The 49ers defense has played well so far, with the exception of one long pass play. The 49ers offense takes over at their 37.
1:56 Robbie Gould makes a 33-yard field goal after a 48-yard drive, and the 49ers lead 3-0. Nick Mullens completed four of five passes — he finally seems to have found his rhythm. But, Matt Breida left the game with an ankle injury, and the Dante Pettis left with a left-knee injury. Neither injury seems serious.
2:00 On second and 1 from the Bears 34, Trubisky throws a backward pass to Tarik Cohen, who drops the ball. It’s a fumble, and DeForest Buckner recovers it at the Bears 26. Huge play.
2:09 On first and 10 from the Bears 15, Nick Mullens spins away from Khalil Mack, rolls left and throws a perfect pass into the end zone for George Kittle, who drops the ball. Goulld makes a 30-yard field goal three plays later, and the 49ers lead 6-0.
2:21 On third and goal from the four, the Bears run Sprint Left Option, Trubisky rolls out to his left and throws to rookie wide receiver Anthony Miller, who beats rookie cornerback Tarvarius Moore for the touchdown catch. The Bears lead 7-6.
2:22 Earlier during that drive, Fred Warner committed a holding penalty that negated an interception in the end zone by K’Waun Williams.
2:30 Gould makes a 23-yard field goal after an eight-play, 63-yard drive by the 49ers offense. The 49ers lead 9-7 at halftime.
2:31 Mullens has completed 10 of his past 14 passes. He’s pretty good when he can step up in the pocket, which he couldn’t do early in the game, because Weston Richburg was in his lap.
2:32 Trubisky’s quarterback rating is 139.9. He’s pretty good, too.
2:41 The 49ers offense came into the game ranked dead last in the red zone. Today, the 49ers have reached the red zone three times and scored zero touchdowns.
2:49 On third and 10, Mullens completes a nine-yard pass to Jeff Wilson while taking a vicious shot from Khalil Mack, whom the 49ers didn’t block. Mullens took three big hits during that drive. Too bad. The 49ers protected him so well during the first half.
2:53 On the first play of the Bears drive, Trubisky completes a nine-yard pass to Robinson, and strong safety Marcell Harris strips him. The 49ers recover. But, the play is under review, because Robinson’s knee may have been down.
2:55 The refs overturn their ruling. Robinson’s knee was down. Nine-yard gain.
3:06 On second and goal from the two, Bears running back Jordan Howard jogs into the end zone, and the Bears lead 14-9. Trubisky was seven-for-seven during that 90-yard drive. He has missed just three passes in this game.
3:13 On second and 8 from the 49ers 34, Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith blitzes off the left side of the Bears defense, and no one on the 49ers blocks him. He sacks Mullens for a nine-yard loss. The 49ers punt two plays later?
3:14 How many hits will Mullens have to take before Kyle Shanahan gives him some protection? That sack came on a seven-step-drop play-action pass. That play takes too long against this terrific pass rush.
3:24 On second and 7 from the 49ers 40, Buckner sacks Trubisky for a three-yard loss. The Bears punt two plays later. Huge stand by the 49ers defense.
3:41 On first and 10 from the Bears 20, Mullens throws an accurate pass to Marquise Goodwin running a crossing route, and Goodwin tips the ball to Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan, who makes the interception. Shanahan has called 15 passes and just three runs during the second half. It was just a matter of time before the interception happened. The Bears have 27 interceptions this season — almost two per game.
3:54 Marcell Harris hit Trubisky late, drew a 15-yard penalty and started a fight on the Bears sideline. Officials ejected Richard Sherman, Josh Bellamy and Anthony Miller.
4:01 The Bears go for it on fourth and 1 from their 35. Trubisky sneaks up the middle for an easy two yards, because Robert Saleh didn’t have the DL in a solid, heavy front. Inexplicable.
4:02 Three plays later, Saleh lets the Bears match up Robinson on Moore, and Moore beats him for a six-yard gain on third-and-four.
4:08 On fourth and four from the 49, Mullens throws deep and incomplete for Goodwin instead of running for the first down. He could have walked to the first-down marker. That was his worst play of the game, and the 49ers will lose. Stay tuned for my postgame Periscope, grades and game story.