49ers 15, Bears 14

The 49ers dominated the hapless Bears Sunday in Chicago, having a TOP edge of 38 to 21, a first down advantage of 23 to 8, 388 to 147 net yards lead, and a whopping 73 to 38 lead in offensive plays. But they only managed to squeeze out a victory with a last second FG, the fifth of the day by Robby Gould.

Gould was the guy who missed a chip shot FG while playing for the Bears two years ago, that allowed the Niners to win the game in overtime. He’s now delivered two victories for the Niners in Chicago.

But the story of the day was the impressive debut of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. He completed 26 of 37 passes for 293 yards, looking handsome and virile, even studly, while deftly managing the pocket and driving the team up and down the field between the 20 yard lines. Several 49er cheerleaders had to be treated for swooning related injuries.

Inside the Red Zone, it was business as usual, though. The team would start self-destructing, committing penalties in various dimwitted fashion, and backing themselves away from the goal line, eventually having to settle for Gould and three points.

Chicago had one TD drive and one TD punt return, but otherwise produced mostly nothing but awful on offense. Still, it was enough to hold the lead all the way to the last eight seconds of the game. Maybe the last eight seconds of John Fox‘s NFL head coaching career.

The 49ers’ RB tandem of Carlos Hyde and Matt Breida combined for 99 yards on 29 carries. An underwhelming 3.4 yards per carry. But Garoppolo bailed them out by converting 10 of 18 third down plays. He was particularly effective throwing to Marquis Goodwin (8/99) and Trent Taylor (6/92).

It did not look like GM John Lynch or HC Kyle Shanahan wanted to play Garoppolo this year, but the cat is out of the bag now and there’s no going back without giving the impression of tanking and pissing off what few fans still sleep with their red and gold pom poms every night. Kudos to CJ Beathard for stoically enduring getting his butt pounded for half a season, but his time as the starter has come to an end.

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44 comments on “49ers 15, Bears 14
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    The Red Zone is a concern, the penalties have just killed us. But, it has been ages since we have seen QB play like that around here. It has been baby steps all year and I think some of that is starting to come to fruition. Our defense when not having to spend all day on the field looked pretty good. We went up against a rookie QB but they still have weapons on that team and we pretty much kept them quiet.I am already excited about this coming off season because if we can come anywhere close to the draft we had this year our team is gonna be something real special.

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Per Maiocco, when Garoppolo targeted Goodwin or Taylor, he was 14 of 14.

  3. robNo Gravatar says:

    looks like the combo of Shanahan and garrapolo is the real deal ! Finally !
    Good point Grump, all we need now is Garcon back and a WR in rd. one and we’re sitting pretty

  4. robNo Gravatar says:

    The funny looking guy above is still me lol

  5. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Fans is funny. The NYGs just cleaned house mid-season for the same thing.

    Garopollo may be a good QB but it’s hard to understand Belichick giving up on a good one and besides Beathard, or Gabbert for that matter, would have performed better behind the o-line Garoppolo got treated to yesterday.

    With any luck, Shanahan will keep calling those quick hitters for him and keep him impressing all the girls.

  6. winderNo Gravatar says:

    The Pats didn’t want to pay him the big money to be a back up. So they got rid of him as far away as they could. Time will tell if the girls are right or not, probably by next year.

  7. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    He would have taken a backup’s salary with NE. He’s going to cost the Niners $25MM next year. That’s a lot of edge rushers and shut down corners that won’t be available.

    Let’s not forget who’s running the Niners org either.

    Remember Matt Flynn? Only the Niners are not going to be drafting a Russell Wilson now.

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Nofear- Why would he take a backups salary and leave all the money on the table? They knew they were gonna lose him. I could care less about Jed’s money. I think it’s a good gamble.

  9. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe he would have chosen to test FA, I don’t know. But I think he would have wanted to stay in NE and he wasn’t going to be a starter while Brady was there. I think Belichick could have signed him for four or five more years for $10MM with maybe 20-25% guaranteed.

    The $25MM is a big chunk of the team’s salary cap, not just York’s money.

    If he gets injured in the next three games it’ll be Alex Smith and Shit7torm (&RG-III) all over again. If not, good luck to him.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy G throws a very catchable ball and has touch.
    He makes the receivers Goodwin and Trent Taylor have career games.
    A Qb that makes other players on the team better players is a special talent.

    He is a far better option than Kirk Cousins who will probably cost $30 mil plus a year.

    Injuries are part of the game and are inevitable so I don’t think it’s a factor. For instance in the last couple of years Aaron Rodgers has been hurt for the majority of two seasons. Think the Packers are better off without him? Comes with the territory.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m leaning toward Lynch (Paraag) making him a comfortable offer before the FTag is necessary.

    It would seem they thought enough of him already, to part with a 2nd RD Pick.
    We’ll see how it plays out of course, but, I’ll lean toward an offer before it’s necessary.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If they sign Jimmy G long term and pay him market rate you have your franchise QB for the next 10 years.
    Jimmy G in one game has turned Trent Taylor into a Julian Edelman/Wes Welker slot receiver who’s going to help move the chains by getting open with his quickness. This is what Lynch/Shanahan envisioned when drafting Taylor.
    Garoppolo showed what he was made of marching the team down the field
    from their own 14 the length of the field with a little over 5 minutes to go to win the game. That says a lot to what kind of QB Garoppolo is and will be.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Would still continue to use a third day draft pick to draft a QB in the upcoming draft and every draft thereafter just to bring in competition for the third and backup spots.

    The mistake Baalke made was never drafting QBs and neglecting the position to the point where at the end of last season the Niners were one of the few teams without a QB on their roster fro the off season.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Texans coach Bill O’Brien said “it doesn’t look great” for former 49ers WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) being available for Sunday’s game against his former team.”

    Same old same old with Ellington.

  15. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Baalky made so many draft mistakes it’s hard to just pinpoint any one.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From 49er Reddit Wasted Frog’s GIFs and analysis of every Jimmy G pass in the Bears game. Truly amazing post


  17. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- nice read. I am looking forward to seeing what he can do in Houston. I just hope Brown will be able to suit up this week

  18. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If DeForest Buckner wants to channel someone, I’m okay with it being Justin Smith.


  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If the Niners win today, it will be their first two game winning streak in the post-Harbaugh era.

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers inactives

    RT Trent Brown (shoulder)
    RB Jeremy McNichols
    CB Antone Exum
    LB Pita Taumoepenu
    DL Leger Douzable
    DL D.J. Jones
    DL Ronald Blair

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Zane Beadles will be starting at RT. Good luck, Garoppolo.

  22. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    JG is gonna have to hurry his throws all day. We are already making mistakes.

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We’re making Tom Savage look like Tom Brady so far (5 for 5).

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Garappolo has shown more ability to run the two-minute offense than we’ve had since maybe Jeff Garcia. That alone is winning me over.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If the 49ers could get the ball into the EZ once in awhile, this game wouldn’t be close.

  26. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    I think he is also the first since Garcia to look for the deep guy first, and then second and third, that’s new.

  27. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Hopefully he can survive this game. He is also getting better as the game goes on. that’s different too

  28. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    BTW -Gore has over 100 yds today on a terrible team I think Indy is in worse shape than us

  29. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Gore runs like a sled dog today. Probably more a function of the weather than anything else. McCoy has a ton of yards, too.

    Good to see Gore still old reliable and still cranking them out regardless.

  30. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I hope when his career is over he can come back to the niners in some degree.

  31. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Whatever else he is, Garoppolo is one lucky QB today. He should have two or three more INTs today but for the HOU DBs inability to catch a ball.

    He’s made a couple of reckless if not stupid throws and was saved from the usual consequences by the HOU defense refusing to hold on to a ball.

    I know, I know, he’s Joe Montana.

  32. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think Montana would have had a great day behind this line

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Montana was never hyped this much after only two games.

  34. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    it was a different world

  35. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Montana didn’t always have that great of o-line protection. That’s what the WCO was all about after all. Not invented for Montana but perfected for/with him.

    It was a different world. A guy didn’t have to finance a ticket to the games and people still knew what the flag stood for.

  36. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    He’s no Montana, but he’s also no Kap or Alex. And he’s young enough to get better if he works at it. For now, I’ll take it.

    As for the world, it sucks. NF, if you stumble on a time machine, let me know, I wannna come too.

  37. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    nofear- Montana did have a quite a few games where the Oline was lacking especially when we first got Bubba. But overall McKittrick’s(sp) Olines were far superior to anything we have seen for quite awhile.

    Grump- I am with you on the time machine

  38. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Winder, Bobb McKittrick was one of a kind. Can’t do most of that shit no more though.

    We did have some great pro-bowlers on the o-line through the years, back when it was about team and football.

    Plans for the time-traveling machine are on hold for now while I wait for the flux capacitor I ordered off eBay for the DeLorean.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nobody on this board is saying that Jimmy G is the second coming of Joe
    or even Steve.

    With the QB play for the last 15 plus years I would settle for another Jeff Garcia but I think he might turn out to be better.

    Still think he’s the future over a Cousins or a high draft pick college QB. Those prospects all have their flaws and would give similar QB play like Beathard.

    I have no problem giving Jimmy G $100 mil for 5 years because his talent makes everyone else on the offense better players.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Titans were held to a single TD and 206 yards total offense by Cards D.

    They are the next opponent and this could be another winnable game especially at home.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Goodwin has been the biggest beneficiary of Jimmy Garoppolo’s insertion under center, as the speedy wide receiver has compiled 14 catches for 205 yards in Garoppolo’s two starts after snagging a combined 27 balls in his first 11 games this season

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bottom line is I look forward to Sundays again and the malaise of losing every week is gone.

    Look what the Bears did signing Mike Glennon to a 3 year $45 mil contract as a placeholder and then moving up to draft Trubisky.

    End up benching Glennon because he was horrible.

    Why wouldn’t you pay $20 mil a year for Jimmy G?

    The Browns and Broncos would love to be in the position the Niners are in. Look how many wasted draft picks they have expended looking for a QB.

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17