49ers vs. Bears: Observations from 49ers victory in Chicago

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The 49ers badly needed a win in Chicago and they got one. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was excellent and San Francisco’s defense stiffened up in the second half of a 33-22 victory.

Here are our observations from each quarter:

First quarter

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– Good return by Trenton Cannon to open the game set up the 49ers at their own 33. He’s having a nice year save for a disastrous game against the Seahawks.

– Two incompletions to open the game, but the second one was a deep shot to Brandon Aiyuk. That’s a good sign and not a terrible throw from Jimmy Garoppolo.

– Garoppolo looks so much more confident early in this one. The Bears brought a Zero blitz on a third-and-10 and the QB found Mohamed Sanu for a gain of 20. That was a nice play early on for him.

– Two drops for Deebo Samuel on the first drive.

– Missed field goal ends the 49ers first drive. A holding call on Trent Williams put the 49ers in third-and-23. Not a great end to a nice series, but Garoppolo for the most part looked pretty good for the most part.

– The 49ers defense held Chicago to a field goal on their first series thanks to a couple Bears penalties that negated a pair of big plays. Arden Key is getting a lot of run with Samson Ebukam hobbled by an ankle injury. The Bears went right at the 49ers’ defensive line with inside runs on that drive.

– Oh look. An outside zone run to Elijah Mitchell goes for 27 yards. Then a throw to Samuel goes for 11 and a first down. Nice way to open their second possession.

– A near interception. Garoppolo badly overthrew Jauan Jennings. Jennings looked like he got held a little bit.

– Game-tying field goal by Joey Slye ties it. That was a better drive for San Francisco. They need to get Mitchell more action on the ground.

Justin Fields is getting whatever he wants in the middle of the field. It’s easy work for the rookie.

End of first quarter: Bears 3, 49ers 3

Second quarter

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– The 49ers defensive line is getting handled up front. Bears RB Khalil Herbert is ripping off huge chunks every time he gets a touch.

– Fields throws a touchdown to TE Jesse James. Josh Norman got beat. The 49ers defense has nothing for a bad Chicago offense.

– There’s Brandon Aiyuk. Garoppolo did a nice job extending the play and Aiyuk found an open spot on the field where Garoppolo could deliver an easy throw on the run.

– Another good throw outside the pocket by Garoppolo to Samuel goes for a first down. He looks so much more comfortable on the move.

– Another drop. This time it’s Sanu on what would’ve been a first down. If he isn’t making that play there’s no reason he should be getting that third-down target.

– Sweet pass breakup by Fred Warner on a missile over the middle by Justin Fields. It was a near interception but it just had too much pace.

– The Bears are five-for-six on third downs and Fields is now running when he gets outside the pocket and the 49ers have no answer.

– Nick Bosa came up with a sack after getting held. That’s a sick play. He has 6.0 sacks this season.

– Nice tackle by K’Waun Williams on a third down gets the 49ers only their second third-down stop to bring up a Bears field goal.

– Back-to-back completions to Aiyuk help the 49ers get a first down near the end of the first half. He’s up to three receptions.

– Whoa! What a dime by Garoppolo to Samuel for 50 yards down to the Bears 4 with seven seconds left in the half.

– Incompletion to Samuel on the 49ers’ one shot to the end zone. Not a great throw but the window was small. Instead it’s another Slye field goal.

End of second quarter: Bears 13, 49ers 9

Third quarter

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– Fields is carving up a terrible 49ers secondary. The good news is there haven’t been any pass interference flags on San Francisco. The bad news is Fields is 14-for-17.

– There’s the flag on Norman. It comes on a third-and-8 to give the Bears a first down in the red zone after the 49ers got the stop. He got hit with a holding call after dragging WR Marquise Goodwin to the ground.

– Another third down stop thanks to a drop from Bears TE Cole Kmet. Fred Warner had tight coverage. Chicago settles for another field goal.

– Just an abysmal drive to start the second half for San Francisco. Mitchell stuffed for no gain. Block in the back on Kyle Juszczyk and then an incompletion brings up third-and-20.

– Holy smokes. A tunnel screen to Samuel goes for 83 yards and puts the 49ers at the Bears 1. The 49ers needed that one BAD.

– Garoppolo takes it himself for a score. Fun play design with Samuel in the backfield, but it looked like the timing got thrown off so Garoppolo held onto the ball and followed blockers for a score that should’ve tied the game. Instead Slye misses the extra point. Abysmal. The 49ers cannot go into next week with him as their kicker. He’s missed two extra points in two weeks and a field goal Sunday.

– Second-and-15 the 49ers bring a blitz on Fields. Marcell Harris flew in off the edge and forced Fields to step up into the teeth of the defensive line. DJ Jones hit him first, but Bosa was credited with his second sack. The 49ers eventually forced the first punt of the game with 2:11 left in the third quarter. That’s a great series for them.

– Another catch for Samuel on first down goes for 15 yards. He’s up to 171 yards.

End of third quarter: Bears 16, 49ers 15

Fourth quarter

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– What a way to open the second quarter. Two Mitchell runs result in a 49ers go-ahead touchdown, and then Aiyuk shook his defender into the second row on the two-point conversion to make it a 23-16 49ers lead. That was a heck of a series.

– Near interception for Talanoa Hufanga in his first start. His penchant for being around the football is going to give him the opportunity for plenty of takeaways in his career.

– Wow. The 49ers had the Bears fourth-and-1 play stacked up for a huge loss, and Fields broke out of it for a 22-yard touchdown run. He’s over 100 rushing yards. Rough look for the 49ers.

– Bears kicker Cairo Santos missed the game-tying extra point. Unreal.

– Mitchell is having a really nice outing. His up to 87 yards on 12 carries after a 27-yard pickup into Bears territory. The 49ers need a long drive and points after Chicago made it a one-point game.

– A zone read! Garoppolo keeps it for his second rushing touchdown of the game. Not a long drive, but a touchdown is huge. This time Slye drills the extra point to make it a 30-22 49ers lead.

– The 49ers run defense has been excellent down the stretch. DJ Jones has been in the backfield a lot.

– Huge play by Samson Ebukam. He blew through the line on a stunt and dragged Fields down for his first sack of the year to bring up another Bears punt. Excellent bounce back in the second half by the 49ers defensive line.

– A 39-yard run by Mitchell puts him at 127 yards on the ground. That’s a new career-high for the rookie. What a game for him.

– Great work on a third-down toss play to Hasty. He only picked up a yard, but he went down in bounds to keep the clock running with the Bears out of timeouts. Good heads up football.

– A 32-yard field goal by Slye should put this one away. It’s 33-22 with under two minutes to go.

– Josh Norman comes up with an interception on a deep shot by Fields. That’ll do it. Nice outing for the 49ers all the way around.

Final score: 49ers 33, Bears 22

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