A game that was supposed to be a defensive battle featuring two backup quarterbacks was anything but, as Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to a 32-7 victory over the Chicago Bears on Monday in his first career start.
Kaepernick completed 16-of-23 passes for 243 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Aldon Smith piled up 5½ sacks of Bears quarterback Jason Campbell, the second best single-game sack total in franchise history. Read More
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith has been declared out for Monday night's game against Chicago with a concussion.Team medical director Dr. Dan Garza evaluated Smith, who was hurt eight days ago against St. Louis.The 49ers will start second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who replaced Smith in the 24-24 tie with the Rams last week.Chicago also is without starting quarterback Jay Cutler because of a concussion. Jason Campbell will start. Read More
When Jay Cutler got hurt last November, the Chicago Bears’ promising season fell apart fast, with no capable backup behind him.
The Bears went from 7-3 and looking toward the playoffs to losing five of their final six to finish 8-8 and with no postseason berth.
Chicago acquired an insurance policy during the offseason, and now the Bears (7-2) will see if that move pays off. Jason Campbell is set to make his first NFL start in more than a year in place of the concussed Cutler in a key NFC showdown with the 49ers (6-2-1) tonight at Candlestick Park. Read More
President Barack Obama has already given his hometown Chicago Bears the nod for best defense in the NFL.Niners linebacker Patrick Willis insists he is hardly one to argue with the commander in chief, especially considering Obama will be running the country from the oval office for another four years. Read More
When the 49ers drafted Colin Kaepernick, they did so with the express intent to someday — someday very soon — install him as their starting quarterback.
He’d just put up collegiate numbers, with his legs and with his MLB-drafted right arm, akin to the cartoonish stats posted by none other than Cam Newton. Read More
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was sent to the hospital Thursday for a "minor procedure" after doctors discovered he had an irregular heartbeat.
The team said it anticipates Harbaugh will be back at the 49ers facility Friday, though it's unclear in what capacity. No details about the procedure were given. Read More
49ers quarterback Alex Smith threw a 14-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of Sunday’s 24-24 tie against the St. Louis Rams while playing with blurred vision before coming out with a concussion.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that Smith connected with Michael Crabtree six plays after he began experiencing blurred vision on a 1-yard keeper early in the second quarter. Six plays earlier, he had taken a vicious hit from St. Louis linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar. Read More
The 49ers are a model organization, which is the biggest reason to believe they’ll be serious contenders for a Super Bowl slot in the second half of the season.
The front office, mainly general manager Trent Baalke, prepared well for this season, keeping the team mostly together and improving it with free agent signings. The result is a roster so deep that good players are inactive, waiting their turn. Read More
When Alex Smith is good, he can be very good. When Smith is very good, the 49ers are practically unbeatable.
While the staples of San Francisco’s success this season remain a rock-solid defense and the NFL’s top-ranked rushing game, Smith’s play at quarterback has been a key variable that’s put the 49ers over the top in a string of lopsided victories. Read More
Jeff Fisher and his St. Louis Rams consider the 49ers the blueprint for what so many NFL teams would love to be.
From a multifaceted, creative offense and dominant, shut-down defense to spot on special teams, and a coach who motivates in his own unique way to make a group go, the 49ers sure look to be rolling right toward another special January playoff run. Read More