The Bears should have left at halftime and saved themselves a couple of huge Aldon Smith hits on Jason Campbell. The 49ers manhandled Chicago on Monday Night Football, 32-7 in a game that seemed to be over from the start. Even if Jay Cutler had been able to play, the 49ers controlled every phase of the game, culminating in a safety in the fourth quarter that exemplified the entire game. After being sacked on the previous play, Jason Campbell dropped back to pass into his own end zone, and was stripped by Aldon Smith. The ball came free and lineman Chilo Rachal picked it up and attempted to pass it, though he was ruled down in the end zone for a safety. It was a mess of a display, which symbolized the true dominance on display by San Francisco.
San Francisco opened the game by scoring on their first four drives, jumping out to a quick and seemingly easy 20-0 lead. Despite starting backup Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers used their full arsenal of plays and formations, confusing and manipulating the Bears defense in a way that had not happened all season. San Francisco used virtually every offensive option, with 7 different receivers with at least one catch, and 4 players with at least 3 carries. They stole the show, though, on defense. Aldon Smith approached the single game sack record, recording 5 before the night was over. In total, the 49ers had 6 sacks, forced 3 fumbles and intercepted Campbell twice. Campbell was hit repeatedly, and by the end of the night was slow to get up. The only saving grace for the Bears offense came in the third quarter, when Campbell hit Brandon Marshall for a 13 yard touchdown to cut the deficit from 27-0 to 27-7. That touchdown, however, came after a questionable penalty after a sack and forced fumble which was wiped out. Other than that, the Bears only recorded 143 total yards on offense in a display that seemed doomed from the start. At one point, Chicago was being outgained by over 300 yards. The final score did not even do justice to how one-sided this game really was.
The problems start with the offensive line and scheming plan by the Bears. Aldon and Jason Smith abused the offensive line all night, yet the Bears did not adjust to heavier packages or provide more protection for Jason Campbell, who was treated like a crash test dummy all night. J’Marcus Webb and Gabe Carimi were beaten repeatedly by the Smiths, and quite frankly did not stand a chance. Yet instead of adjusting the formation, the Bears simply let San Francisco’s defense ends and linebackers take over this game. On the other side of the ball Chicago could not account for all of San Francisco’s weapons, from Vernon Davis to Frank Gore to Kyle Williams, everyone seemed to make big plays to keep drives going, many of which ended with either a field goal or touchdown. The Bears now sit at 7-3 and are tied for first with Green Bay for first in the division. Up next for the Bears is a visit from Minnesota, in game that Chicago will be thrilled to attempt to bounce back from. Whether or not they win that game, the Bears can’t get out of the Bay area fast enough. Stay tuned for more Chicago Bears news, and have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!