Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers 9/14/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Bears 28, 49ers 20
September 14, 2014
Finishing off the day’s slate on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 2 was a pretty good-looking matchup featuring the Bears and 49ers. Chicago was coming off a stunning loss to the Bills in Week 1, while San Francisco took care of the Cowboys on the heels of a strong defensive effort. This was a crazy game overall; We hope you didn’t go to bed early and miss out on all the action.
Let’s take a look at the key players and statistics from this one so we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll check out Week 3 and see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: The 49ers had control of this one early, looking to run away with a victory in their new stadium debut. The first quarter saw Colin Kaepernick finding Michael Crabtree for a 3-yard score, as well as a 27-yard Phil Dawson field goal for a 10-0 lead.
The margin extended in the second, with Frank Gore rumbling eight yards for a touchdown of his own. Chicago was able to answer, however, and closed the gap to 7-17 on a 17-yard Brandon Marshall receiving score.
In the third, Dawson added another field goal to make it 20-7, but that’s where the Niners’ domination would end.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Bears as they mounted an improbable comeback. Marshall caught another 5-yard TD and Martellus Bennett added another from three out to give Chicago the lead. One more Marshall touchdown with 6:55 left would give the Bears a 28-20 edge, and that score would hold.
Both teams are now 1-1.
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The Stars: Okay, let’s hand out accolades in this one. First and foremost, kudos go to Marshall, who ended up with five grabs for 48 yards and three touchdowns. That’s crazy considering he was a game-time decision. Bennett added 37 yards and a score of his own to Cutler’s 176-yard, four-score line. Kyle Fuller led the defensive effort with a pair of key interceptions.
On the other side, Crabtree posted seven grabs for 82 yards and a TD, while Kaepernick got some solid yardage with his feet, leading the team in rushing with 66 on nine carries.
The Goats: Kaepernick will get most of the blame in this one, with his three interceptions and a fumble. He had a very important unsportsmanlike conduct penalty late in the game that set up an easy Bears score as well.
Speaking of penalties, this one was stuffed full of them. The Niners came up with 16 fouls for 118 yards in all, with Chicago accounting for 10 of their own for 58 yards.
Injuries: The Bears’ O-line came into this one marred by injuries: Both Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson had ankle issues that kept them out. Both Marshall and Alshon Jeffery were able to shake of thier respective issues and play after being considered questionable. The 49ers also had some difficulties on the injury front, with both Vernon Davis (ankle) and Vanc McDonald (knee) going down.
Outlook: The Bears get another primetime game in Week 3, as they’ll head to Jersey to take on the Jets on “Monday Night Football.” (September 22; 8:30 PM ET on NBC.)
As for the Niners, they’ll head down to Arizona to take on the Cardinals. (September 21; 4:05 PM ET on FOX.)
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