Game Day: San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears

Dec 5, 2015 at 9:00 PM--


On Sunday, the Chicago Bears (5-6) will host the San Francisco 49ers (3-8) at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.

The 49ers are coming off of a 19-13 defeat against the Arizona Cardinals. The Bears are coming off of a 17-13 victory against the Green Bay Packers.


The 49ers will be looking for their first road victory in over a year. Their last was a 16-10 win over the New York Giants on November 16, 2014. Against the Bears, they will be facing former 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who holds the same position with Chicago, and offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who came very close to becoming San Francisco's head coach this past offseason.

The 49ers have not won in Chicago since a 28-3 victory in the NFC Championship following the 1988 season. San Francisco went on to win the Super Bowl that season.

Chicago will be the 49ers' third NFC North opponent of the season. San Francisco is 1-1 against the division this season and will travel to Detroit to face the Lions during week 16.


Against the Cardinals, WR Anquan Boldin registered eight receptions for 93 yards as he moved past former WR Randy Moss (982) for the 13th-most receptions in NFL history with 984 for his career. QB Blaine Gabbert completed 25 of 36 attempts for a career-high 318 yards, one touchdown, one interception and a passer rating of 94.4. TE Vance McDonald recorded a career-high six receptions for 71 yards, one touchdown and had a touchdown reception in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. Rookie TE Blake Bell set career highs in receptions (three) and receiving yards (67), including a career-long 48-yard reception.


The 49ers will have C Daniel Kilgore back. He was activated to the 53-man roster on Saturday. Kilgore, the former starter at center, last played in October of 2014, when he broke his ankle in a game against the Denver Broncos. C Marcus Martin, who was ranked last among NFL centers according to Pro Football Focus, has started in place of Kilgore for the 49ers this season.


Defensively, NT Mike Purcell brought down Cardinals QB Carson Palmer for his first career sack during his first career start. On special teams, K Phil Dawson connected on both of his field goal attempts on the day (50 & 33 yards). He has made 18 consecutive field goal attempts, which is tied for the second longest streak in franchise history. The 49ers have held their last three opponents to fewer than 20 points and limited the explosive Cardinals offense to 337 total yards.

The Bears have lost 11 of their last 14 at home and are 1-4 this season at Soldier Field. However, their last two losses have been close ones (five combined points) and they are depending a 49ers team that has performed much worse on the road than at home to get their second home win of the season. San Francisco has been outscored 176-71 while going 0-5 on the road this season.

SF Top W12 Performers CHI Top W12 Performers
OLB Aaron Lynch (+5.1) RB Matt Forte (+2.1)
DT Ian Williams (+3.0) CB Kyle Fuller (+1.8)
LB NaVorro Bowman (+2.1) QB Jay Cutler (+1.8)
LT Joe Staley (+1.9) LG Matt Slauson (+1.8)
WR Anquan Boldin (+1.9) WR Alshon Jeffery (+1.5)
Pro Football Focus' top-rated week 12 players for each team

The Bears defense has improved over the course of the season. They have given up only 15.5 points per game to their past four opponents. While Fangio's Chicago defense ranks second against the pass, the 49ers may be able to run on the Bears. They rank 29th against the run allowing 128.5 per game. The 49ers will have to do it without RB Carlos Hyde, who will miss his fifth straight game with a stress fracture in his foot. RB Shaun Draughn, who spent time with Chicago in 2014, will continue to carry the load in his place.

Kickoff: Sunday, December 6 at 10:00 AM PT

Television: The game will be televised on FOX (Check 506 Sports to see if it is local)

Bay Area Radio: KGO 810 & The Bone 107.7 (Other radio affiliates)

Spanish Radio: KTRB 860

All-Time Matchup: 49ers lead series 32-30-1

Last Meeting: 9/14/14, Bears win 28-20, at SF

Current Streak: Lost 1

Betting: The Bears are 6.5 point favorites

NFL Fan Picks: 79% pick the Bears to win according to Yahoo! Sports

49ers Fan Picks: Within our Pick 'em Contest, 61% believe the Bears will win

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Injury Report

TeamPosPlayerInjuryStatus
49ers TE Garrett Celek Ankle Out
49ers RB Carlos Hyde Foot Out
49ers DT Arik Armstead Shoulder Probable
49ers TE Blake Bell Finger Probable
49ers WR Anquan Boldin Hamstring Probable
49ers G Alex Boone Triceps Probable
49ers LB NaVorro Bowman Shoulder, finger Probable
49ers LB Ahmad Brooks Toe Probable
49ers DT Quinton Dial Shoulder Probable
49ers WR Bruce Ellington Wrist Probable
49ers DT Tony Jerod-Eddie Hip Probable
49ers CB Dontae Johnson Hamstring Probable
49ers G Erik Pears Knee Probable
49ers CB Keith Reaser Ankle Probable
49ers WR Torrey Smith Back Probable
49ers S Jaquiski Tartt Knee Probable
49ers LB Michael Wilhoite Ankle Probable
Bears WR Marquess Wilson Foot Out
Bears DT Bruce Gaston Illness Questionable
Bears TE Zach Miller Rib Questionable
Bears S Antrel Rolle Knee Questionable
Bears WR Eddie Royal Knee Questionable
Bears TE Martellus Bennett Ribs Probable
Bears RB Ka'Deem Carey Concussion Probable
Bears QB Jay Cutler Illness Probable
Bears T Kyle Long Neck Probable
Bears LB Pernell McPhee Knee Probable

Game Averages (Rank)

49ers Bears
13.8 (32nd)
Offense Pts
21.0 (25th)
295.5 (32nd)
Offense Yds
346.5 (20th)
198.4 (30th)
Offense Pass
235.7 (21st)
97.1 (20th)
Offense Rush
110.7 (16th)
24.6 (21st)
Defense Pts Allowed
24.0 (19th)
397.9 (29th)
Defense Yds Allowed
343.1 (14th)
276.8 (28th)
Defense Pass Allowed
214.5 (2nd)
121.1 (25th)
Defense Rush Allowed
128.5 (29th)


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