The 49ers kick off the Thursday Night Football season tonight against head coach Mike Singletary’s former team, the Chicago Bears. Since it’s an NFL Network game, NFL.com will be providing shoulder content, highlights and live look-ins throughout the game on Thursday Night Football Live. Make sure to check it out. You can also get live game-by-game info in our game center. We also have the injury report posted for both teams and I’ll get the inactives up as soon as we get them.
Tonight’s game is sponsored by U.S. Bank.
Chicago Inactives: WR Juaquin Iglesias, S Al Afalava, RB Garrett Wolfe, S Kevin Payne, LB Pisa Tinoisamoa, G Lance Louis, DT Matt Toeaina, DT Jarron Gilbert
The Bears got the ball first after the 49ers deferred to the 2nd half. The Bears began their drive at the SF 18. Cutler hit Forte out of the backfield for a gain of 2 on first down and was incomplete on 2nd down. Cutler found Forte again on 3rd down who was hit immediately by Patrick Willis. After a 41 yard punt, the 49ers will get the ball at the 41.
***Undrafted free agent LB Diyral Briggs made his NFL debut on kickoff team.
Smith looked for Crabtree on 1st down along the right sideline. Crabtree mad an acrobatic leaping grab and appeared to come down with the ball. The officials rule that he did not maintain possession all the way to the ground. It was close enough for Mike Singletary to challenge so he threw the red flag. The ruling on the field stands, incomplete. Smith moved the chains though on 2nd down, hitting Crabtree again, this time on a quick slant to pick up 15 yards. Smith handed to Gore out of the shotgun on 1st down. Gore plunged ahead for a gain of 5. 2nd and 5 from the CHI 39, Gore got the carry once again and he ket his feet moving during the tackle to pick up 3. 3rd and 2, Chicago jumped offsides and was pursued hard of the edge. Smith bought some time and hit Crabtree on a crossing route for the 1st down out to the CHI 28. 1st and 10, Smith hit Vernon Davis on a crossing route and was hit immediately by Nick Roach. Roach got the worst of it as Davis broke the tackle and picked up 6 yards. The Chicago training staff came on the field as Roach stayed down for some time. On 2nd and 4, the Bears were lined up in the neutral zone. Gore got the 1st down, but the 49ers will take the penalty. 1st and 10 from the 17, but the 49ers were forced to move early this time and they’ll back up 5. 1st and 15 from the 22, Gore bounced out right off tackle. Nice blocks by Snyder and Morgan gave Gore a nice hole to pick up 8 yards. Smith hit Crabtree on a crossing route, but he couldn’t hold on. 3rd and 7, Smith avoided the first rusher, but was eventually dragged down by Tommie Harris. Nedney’s field goal was wide right so after an impressive opening drive, the 49ers sputtered in the red zone and walk away with no points.
The Bears will get the ball at the 29 after the missed field goal. Spikes made a nice tackle on Forte who had no running room inside. 2nd and 10, Forte tried to cutback on 2nd down, but Haralson had good backside containment and brought him down for a gain of only 1. 3rd and 9, Cutler hit Olsen who was matched up with Mark Roman. Roman did well though to make the tackle on the big tight end in space. Brandon Jones let the ball bounce and it will be 49ers ball at the 26. Good job by the 49ers defense early on to force two straight 3 and outs.
1st and 10 from the 26, Gore ran behind Norris straight ahead for a gain of 4. 2nd and 6, Gore didn’t find any running room inside and was stopped for no gain. 3rd and 6 from the 30, Smith hit Jason Hill on a crossing route. Hill avoided Tillman and reached ahead for the first down marker. It will be very close and the chain gang will have to measure. It will be just short and Lee will have to punt. Devin Hester is back fro the kick. Hester fielded the punt, but was quickly brought down. The Bears were called for a block in the back and the Bears will get the ball at their own 11.
1st and 10 for the Bears, Cutler hit Clark over the middle as Lewis and Willis hit him hard. A good catch by Clark nets 7. 2nd and 3, Forte got the carry inside, but gained just 2. 3rd and 1, Forte got 1 yard passed the first down marker. 1st and 10 from the 22, Cutler threw too high for Hester on what was supposed to by a screen to the right. 2nd and 10, Cutler hit Olsen who found a hole in the zone. Goldson gave him a hard hit, but he was able to hold onto the ball for a gain of 16. 2nd and 8, Cutler found Olsen again who was wide open on the right sideline out to the SF 40. 1st and 10, Cutler found Olsen yet again for a gain of 7, bringing an end to the first quarter.
2nd and 3 from the 33, Forte bounced out right and did well to avoid some tacklers and pick up 2. 3rd and 1, Forte dove ahead, picking up the first down. 1st and 10 from the 30, Cutler threw for Olsen who was defended by Brown. Brown did well to use the sideline and push Olsen out of bounds despite making the catch. Forte made the 49ers pay on 2nd down, spinning away from defenders for a gain of 16. 1st and 10, Forte was met by Justin Smith for no gain. 2nd and 10, Cutler hit Bennett on a cross for a gain of 9. 3rd and 1, Cutler plunged ahead and the defense again continues to give up 3rd down conversions on this drive. 1st and goal from the 3, Forte couldn’t find much room inside and was stood up at the 2. 2nd and goal, Forte is again held short at the 1 after the tackle by Spikes. 3rd and goal from the 1, Aubrayo Franklin dropped as Cutler play actioned and THE NOSE TACKLE PICKED ONE OFF!!! That’s a huge play by the D and an even better play by a guy who should be going to the Pro Bowl. Just a reminder to vote at nfl.com/probowl.
After a 10-yard return by Franklin, the 49ers will have a 1st down at their own 16. 1st and 10, Smith couldn’t get rid of the ball and was sacked at the 6. 2nd and 15, Vernon Davis was called for the false start. 2nd and 18 from the 3, Smith hit Morgan quick to the right on a well setup screen for a gain of 11. 3rd and 7, Smith bought some time, hitting Gore who came out of the backfield after the play fake. Gore turned up field and got a nice block for a gain of 9. 1st and 10, Smith hit Gore on the shovel pass as the pocket collapsed. Gore had a nice gain before being hauled down after a gain of 9 by Anthony Adams.
“Double A” as Adams was know when he was with the 49ers until 2006, used to host a show for us on 49ers.com called the Adams Report. The first time we faced him as an opponent in 2007, made for an interesting topic on the Robinson Report. Enjoy!
Gore rumbled ahead on 2nd down and will get the first down. 1st and 10 from the 33, Smith’s pass was tipped in the air by Roach and Roach nearly made the catch as Smith closed. Gore took the handoff from the shotgun on 2nd down and picked up 4 up the middle. 3rd and 6, Smith hit Morgan on the short cross who got enough for the first down. 1st and 10 from the SF 46, Smith tried to hit Crabtree who was 1-on-1 with Bowman. The pass was behind Crabtree and Bowman picked it off.
1st and 10 for the Bears from the SF 19, Devin Hester moved early and the Bears will move back 5 yards. 1st and 15, Forte ran right for a gain of about 6, but Hester was flagged on the second straight play – this time for a hold. 1st and 19 from the 19, Cutler hit Forte on a short out route to the right. Forte was hit quickly after a gain of 4. 2nd and 15, Cutler hit Forte and a great screen play. Goldson pursued as Forte had a nice set of blockers. It was a gain of 37. Takeo Spikes was shaken up on the play. 1st and 10 from the SF 49, Cutler looked for Hester who slipped. Tarell Brown stepped in front and made the pick, cutting back all the way across the field, following some great blocks by Spencer and Goldson down to the CHI 14.
The 49ers didn’t waste any time on that drive, giving to Gore who nearly walked into the end zone behind great blocks by the right side of the offensive line. Not a bad 1 play, 4 second drive.
49ers 7 – Bears 0
***LB Takeo Spikes has a hamstring strain and is out for the rest of the game.
Manning fumbled on the return it appeared, but the Bears recovered and will get the ball at the 1 with 1:55 left in the half. 1st and 10, Cutler looked for Hester and Spencer nearly had another pick, stepping in front and knocking it away. Forte got the carry on the 2nd down draw, but Goldson made a good ankle tackle for a gain of just 2. Cutler hit Hester on 3rd and 8 on a screen for a gain fo 12. Cutler then hit Bennett who was wide open around midfield. The Bears take their first timeout of the half, stopping the click with :37 remaining. 1st and 10 from the CHI 48, Ahmad Brooks had a nice rush and leaped up to bat down Cutler’s pass. 2nd an 10, the Bears were called for delay of game. 2nd and 15 from the CHI 43, Cutler hit Knox over the middle who did well to get out of bounds at the SF 46 after a gain of 11. 3rd and 4, Cutler hit Olsen for the 1st down and was wrestled down by Roman at the 39. They’ll take their second timeout with :20 left in the half. 1st and 10, Cutler stepped up in the collapsing pocket and threw too high for Devin Hester. Spencer was flagged for PI, getting to Hester to early and the Bears will get a first down at the 35. With :09 left, Cutler hit Hester who got out of bounds at the 27. With just :06 left, Robbie Gould will come on for the 45 yard attempt. Gould hit the kick, but the Bears were called for a delay of game. So it’ll be a 50 yard attempt. Gould was right down the middle again so the Bears will cut into the lead by 3.
49ers 7 – Bears 3
The Bears will have to kickoff with just 2 second in the half. Balmer got the short kick and fell on the ball to end the half.
The 49ers will get the ball to begin the second half. Battle brought the kick out with speed to the 30, but Roman was called for a hold. 1st and 10 from the 20, Gore took the carry up the middle for a gain of 3. 2nd and 7, Harris dragged down Gore in the backfield for a loss. 3rd and 10, Smith hit Crabtree quick, but only for a gain of 5. Lee’s punt bounced in front of Hester and rolled out of bounds at the 36. Walker was called for a personal foul though during the return, giving the Bears a gift of 15 yards.
1st and 10 from the SF 49, Cutler hit Hester quick right for a gain of 8. Forte was stood up in the backfield as Lawson got in the backfield to bring down Forte for a loss of 2. Lawson was shaken up on the play. 3rd and 4 from the 43, Goldson stepped in front of Hester and Cutler tried to get rid of the ball with Haralson closing in. Goldson’s pick gives his team the ball at their own 45.
1st and 10, Gore couldn’t find much running room inside and was stopped for no gain. Smith hit Gore in the right flat, but was brought down quickly for a loss of 2. 3rd and 12, Smith was hit and his pass floated in the air and was intercepted. That won’t matter though as the Bears were offside. 3rd and 7, Gore took the handoff from the shotgun formation and picked up 6. The crew will measure and it will be just short. The 49ers will go for it on 1st down. Smith tried to sneak the ball and they’ll have to measure again. It’ll be short and it’ll be a turnover on downs.
The Bears will have a 1st and 10 from their own 45, Cutler hits Forte on another screen pass for a huge gain down to the 24. The Bears have had so much success with that play all night. Cutler hit Hester quick right and Lawson pursued and dragged him out of bounds after a gain of 2. 2nd and 8, Briggs and Wilhelm got in the backfield quick and dragged down Forte for no gain. 3rd and 8, Cutler hit Bennet quick right. Goldson read the play and though he couldn’t make the tackle, he slowed him up enough for Roman to close after a gain of 1. Gould’s field goal is good.
49ers 7 – Bears 6
Battle showed some speed again on the return, getting wide left and out to the 31. 1st and 10, Smith looked for Crabtree on a deep in for a gain of 20 yards. 1st and 10 from the CHI 49, Smith faked the handoff and hit Morgan who sat down in the zone for a 4 yard reception. 2nd and 6, gore took the handoff and was hit hard in the backfield by a host of Bears for a loss. 3rd and 8, the 49ers were called for a false start. 3rd and 12, Smith hit Davis on a TE screen, but there was a flag on the play for an illegible man down field. The penalty was declined and Lee will punt. The 49ers were called for a facemask and the Bears get a free 15 yards.
1st and 10 from the 31, Wilhelm beat his block and stood up Forte as he tried to get outside the left side of the line. 2nd and 11, Cutler tried to hit Bennett on a quick out route to the left, but the pass was low and incomplete. 3rd and 11, Cutler hit Olsen over the middle for the first down. 1st and 10, Cutler tried to connect with Forte in space, but he couldn’t hang on to it. 2nd and 10, Cutler hit Bennett for a big gain, but there were two flags on the play. The Bears were flagged for an illegible man down field and Brown was called for a personal foul. That means only Brown’s penalty is enforced. 1st and 1o, Smith hit Cutler as he released the ball and the pass sailed long. 2nd and 10, Wilhelm made a nice tackle to stop Forte after a loss of 2. 3rd and 8, Knox was absolutely wide open down field, but Cutler threw on the run and the pass skipped short. Maynard will punt and bounce the ball at the 3 and it rolls out at the 6.
The 49ers will begin their drive from deep in their own territory, needing to go 94 yards to get six points. 1st and 10, Gore was stood up at the line of scrimmage for no gain. 2nd and 10, Smith hit Davis crossing from right to left for a gain of 5. That’ll bring an end to the 3rd quarter.
Smith looked for Morgan on 3rd down, but Morgan slipped on his cut. Lee’s punt was downed at the 50 after just a 39-yard punt.
1st and 10 for Chicago from midfield, Forte rushed up the middle, but was hit by Franklin for a gain of 2. 2nd and8, Forte tried right and cutback left. Wilhelm and Justin Smith kept containment and held him to a gain of 1. Mark Roman made the 49ers’ 4th interception, stepping in front of the receiver on a deep post.
1st and 10 for the 49ers from the CHI 44, Smith was under pressure, but somehow hit Gore wide right who gained 5 yards. 2nd and 5, Smith rolled left, but couldn’t find an open target and threw it away. 3rd and 5, Gore took the direct snap and rushed down to the 7 and coughed up the ball as he was tackled. Luckily, Morgan was there to recover and the 49ers will have a 1st and goal at the 6. Tillman caused the fumble by Gore. 1st and goal, Gore cutback on a belly play down to the 2-yard line. Gore was stuffed on 2nd down and Smith had to throw it away on 3rd down. Nedney will come on for a a 21-yard field goal.
49ers 10 – Bears 6
A nice hit by Hudson and Briggs on the kickoff and the Bears will start at the 17. 1st and 10, Hester caught the quick screen, but Spencer made a nice play to hold him to a gain of 2. 2nd and 8, Cutler threw for Knox and the ball sailed high. Brown hit Knox to make sure it fell incomplete. 3rd and 8, Willis pressured Cutler and forced a floating pass that was nearly picked off. Maynard’s punt was low and rolled down inside the 49ers’ 20. It will be a net of 63 yards.
1st and 10 for the 49ers from the 18, Gore got the handoff and was again swarmed in the backfield for a loss of 1. 2nd and 11, Gore got the draw from the shotgun formation and hit a huge hole on the right side of the line the for a gain of 23. 1st and 10 from the 40, Gore got the handoff from the shotgun and cutback left for a gain of 3. 2nd and 7, looks like the same play that netted 23 earlier, but this one only goes for 4. 3rd and 3, Robinson took the sweep right for the first down. 1st and 10 from the CHI 49, Gore got the handoff, but didn’t have much of a hole or gain on the right side. 2nd and 10, Smith’s pass was incomplete for Norris as he was pressure, but the Bears were offside and they’ll gain 5 on the penalty. 2nd and 5, Gore took the handoff behind Rachal for a pickup of 2. 3rd and 3, Smith shoveled to Robinson. Robinson juggled it, rolled and somehow made the catch for a gain of 4. 1st and 10 from the 38, Gore was stuffed at the line for no gain. Chicago took their first timeout. gore ran ahead for a gain of 2 on 2nd down. 3rd and 8, Smith scrambled, but only for a couple.
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