At San Francisco
4:00 p.m. ET
59 degrees and cloudy
Key Coaching Decision #1 and 2: (SF ball, leading 7-6 / second-and-8, CHI 13 / 0:30 Q2)
• The 49ers use their only timeout remaining during their final drive, which began at their own 32-yard line with 1:52 remaining. They had previously used two timeouts in the second quarter.
San Francisco drove the ball down to the Bears’ 15-yard line and former Bears kicker Robbie Gould kicked a 33-yard field goal to take a 9-7 lead at halftime. However, had they had the two remaining timeouts, they might have been able to put a touchdown up on the scoreboard.
Key Coaching Decision #3: (CHI ball, leading 14-9 / fourth-and-1, CHI 35 / 4:19 Q2)
• Mitchell Trubisky converted a fourth-and-1 sneak on their own side of the field with the 49ers having their full array of timeouts and the two-minute warning ahead. This was a surprising decision, as the 49ers offense had not scored in the second half. The Bears wanted to seal the game and were close to doing it here, but just a few plays later, a costly Allen Robinson fumble gave the 49ers the ball back and the opportunity to go ahead.
• A brawl between the two teams towards the completion of the game might cost the Bears and Niners the services of some of their players. Both teams had players’ ejected (Bears wide receivers Joshua Bellamy and Anthony Miller and 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman).
• The 49ers could not find the end zone, but former Bears kicker Robbie Gould kicked three field goals for San Francisco.
• The Niners generated two turnovers in the game. They had not taken the ball away in six games.
• The 49ers offense suffered more injuries as RB Matt Breida, TE Garrett Celek, and WR Dante Pettis all left the game with injuries in the first half and didn’t return.
• Both team running games were ineffective. Niners running back Jeff Wilson spelled Breida and finished with just 27 yards on 11 carries. Bears second-year sensation Tarik Cohen had only 12 yards on six carries and one catch for seven yards. Even Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky was not productive running the ball as he usually is (3 yards).
• Trubisky did complete 25-of-29 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown. He avoided an interception as an intercepted pass was nullified by a 49ers penalty.
• 49ers QB Nick Mullens completed 22-of-38 passes for 241 yards and an interception that was the result of a dropped pass by Marquise Goodwin.