• Monday's Matchup: Bears at 49ers

    Summary of 40 articles · Updated Nov 22, 2012
    Bears at 49ers 8:30 p.m., ESPN Line: 49ers by 5 Two days later, he's won the 49ers' starting job. If the Bears looked surprised by the thorough beating they took last night from the 49ers, there might be a reason for it. Smith, who was played for the 49ers since 2005, has excelled under Harbaugh's coaching and his improved play last season was a key reason why the 49ers advanced to the NFC championship game. Starter Alex Smith was not cleared to play because of a concussion, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen How will that impact the Bears? For one, Kaepernick is a legitimate running threat who has 177 yards rushing and three touchdowns in limited playing time this season. Kaepernick's been solid in previous appearances as Smith's backup and upcoming appearances against the Saints and Rams should allow the second-year QB some room to breathe if Harbaugh sends him out on the field again; of course, Harbaugh's choice becomes a bit easier if Smith's alleged blurred vision, headaches and nausea continue.
    • Around the NFC West: 49ers must be right?

      There is a smart reaction to Jim Harbaugh's seemingly high-risk quarterback decision and it goes something like this: Successful people don't make decisions such as these without knowing they're right. It's the same as when a highly successful stock tra…
      Source: ESPN.com
    • 49ers should let Smith fully heal

      49ers should let Smith fully heal Lawsuits are pending, players continue to take massive risks, and the damaging evidence is only beginning to mount. Sometime next year, former Chronicle writer Mark Fainaru-Wada and his Pulitzer Prize-winning brother, S…
      Source: sfgate.com
    • Overconfident Bears expected Kaepernick turnovers

      If the Bears looked surprised by the thorough beating they took last night from the 49ers, there might be a reason for it. According to John Mullin of CSNChicago.com, there was an expectation that things would be easier, and that 49ers backup quarterbac…
    • Rapid Reaction: 49ers 32, Bears 7

      SAN FRANCISCO -- The Chicago Bears extended their run of futility at Candlestick Park, losing their eighth straight at the venue on Monday night in embarrassing fashion, 32-7. With quarterback Jay Cutler missing the trip as he recovers from a concussion…
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Chicago Bears get reality check from San Francisco 49ers

      The Bears leave San Francisco -- as usual -- in crisis mode.
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Bears will stick to the plan vs. 49ers in battle of backups

      It’s going to be Bears backup quarterback Jason Campbell vs. San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick at Candlestick Park on Monday Night Football (7:30 p.m., WCIU-Channel 26, ESPN).
      Source: suntimes.com
    • 49ers prep for Bears on Monday night

      49ers prep for Bears on Monday night To brace his players for the challenge ahead, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman provided a highlight reel featuring the turnovers created by the Bears' defense this season. Last season, the 49ers tied for the NF…
      Source: sfgate.com
  • 49ers reportedly pick Kaepernick

    49ers reportedly pick Kaepernick Colin Kaepernick won his first NFL start Monday. After a brilliant performance in a 32-7 rout of the Bears, Kaepernick will make his second straight start Sunday against the Saints, Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter repor…
    • Report on Kaepernick starting stirs fans

      The San Francisco 49ers are starting Colin Kaepernick on merit and not simply because Alex Smith remains unavailable while recovering from a concussion. That was the word Wednesday night from Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated. Later, Smith told ESPN ana…
      Source: ESPN.com
    • San Francisco 49ers reportedly will start Colin Kaepernick against New Orleans Saints

      Coach Jim Harbaugh reportedly told the QBs on Wednesday
    • QBR ranks: Revisiting Kaepernick's night

      Just about everything Colin Kaepernick tried Monday night worked for the San Francisco 49ers' second-year quarterback. Kaepernick completed 10 of 14 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown when the Chicago Bears rushed him with four or fewer defenders. He …
      Source: ESPN.com
    • 49ers Backup Colin Kaepernick Opened Up The Playbook And Shot Down The Bears Last Night

      Monday Night Football yesterday was supposed to be a tiresome thump-fest between two teams with great defenses, each playing without its concussed starting quarterbacks. It was a night for slimming down the playbook and taping up ankles-like the prior e
      Source: deadspin.com
    • Brian Urlacher Agrees With America, Says Colin Kaepernick "Fucking Played Well"

      The quarterback controversy is underway in San Francisco after quarterback Colin Kaepernick's superb performance last night against Chicago, one that brought praise even from Bears All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher. More »
      Source: deadspin.com
    • Jim Trotter: Kaepernick shines against Bears, gives 49ers quarterback dilemma

      SAN FRANCISCO -- And your starting quarterback is ... ?
      Source: CNNSI.com
    • Kaepernick darn good, for starters

      Kaepernick darn good, for starters With quarterback Alex Smith sidelined because of a concussion, Colin Kaepernick, No. 7, makes his first NFL start a memorable one. Kaepernick throws for 243 yards and two touchdowns, leading the 49ers to a rout of Chic…
      Source: sfgate.com
    • Looks like Kaepernick won over the 49ers

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Coach Jim Harbaugh saw what you saw. All the San Francisco 49ers did. They know what you're thinking about Colin Kaepernick declaring his case to unseat Alex Smith as the starting quarterback. Sounds like they're right there with you. T…
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Monday Night Football

      SAN FRANCISCO • Strong-armed fill-in Colin Kaepernick made all the right throws, looking every bit a capable NFL No. 1 quarterback.
      Source: stltoday.com
    • Harbaugh does little to quiet 49ers QB controversy

      San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh did little to dampen thoughts of a quarterback controversy brewing after an outstanding performance from Colin Kaepernick against the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Kaepernick was terrific in completing 16 of …
    • Colin Kaepernick rolls over Bears in first NFL start

      Colin Kaepernick completed 16-of-23 pass attempts for 243 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns and Aldon Smith posted 5 ½ sacks to key a dominant defensive effort as the San Francisco 49ers blew out the Chicago Bears 32-7 on Monday night. Kaepernic…
    • Kaepernick shines as Niners trounce Bears

      Colin Kaepernick passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start in place of the injured Alex Smith, and the San Francisco 49ers whipped the Chicago Bears 32-7 on Monday night.
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Kaepernick shines, 49ers sack Bears six times in win

      In the battle of backup quarterbacks, it was one-sided. Colin Kaepernick threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns while Aldon Smith had 5½ sacks as the 49ers routed the Bears 32-7.
      Source: CNNSI.com
    • A brilliant beginning for Colin Kaepernick’s first NFL start

      A young quarterback making his first NFL start is taking on the NFL’s best defense on Monday Night Football. Obviously, it’s a mismatch. And by that I mean the Bears’ defense is no match for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick got off to
    • Kaepernick got significant reps on Saturday

      Though it seemed liked a surprise to learn on Monday that 49ers quarterback Alex Smith didn’t receive clearance to play despite all signs pointing to him starting eight days after suffering a concussion, the team apparently saw this one coming - and m
    • Colin Kaepernick and Bears in single-high

      Significant news broke Monday morning as I traveled back to NFC North blog headquarters: The Chicago Bears will face the San Francisco 49ers' backup quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, Monday night. Starter Alex Smith was not cleared to play because of a con…
      Source: ESPN.com
  • Niners QB Alex Smith limited in Wednesday's practice leading up to New Orleans Saints game

    San Francisco's starting quarterback a question mark for Sunday's game
    Source: nola.com
  • Free Head Exam: Chicago Bears

    After the Chicago Bears' 32-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, here are three issues that merit further examination: The Bears' intent on offense was pretty clear. They opened the game with an extra tackle, Jonathan Scott, and rookie Evan Rodriguez line…
    Source: ESPN.com
  • BBAO: Packers join Bears atop NFC North

    We're Black and Blue All Over: Well then. Here's the divisional upshot of Monday night's debacle at Candlestick Park: The Chicago Bears have relinquished sole possession of first place in the NFC North after 10 weeks of at least sharing the lead. The Be…
    Source: ESPN.com
  • Harbaugh says Niners will start 'hot hand' at QB

    Jim Harbaugh hinted at a possible quarterback change for the San Francisco 49ers following Colin Kaepernick's impressive performance Monday night against the Chicago Bears.
    Source: ESPN.com
  • 49ers ‘Stick’ it to Cutler-less Bears in 32-7 drubbing in San Francisco

    For the Bears, the 49ers can’t demolish Candlestick Park soon enough. In the last seven meetings between the two clubs at the stadium affectionately known as “The Stick,” the 49ers have laid the wood to the Bears, beating them by an average of 26.7
    Source: suntimes.com
  • Sculpting Kaepernick's HOF bust at halftime

    SAN FRANCISCO -- The voice of reason isn't going to stand a chance unless San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick suffers a second-half implosion Monday night. Kaepernick has revitalized the 49ers' offense while leading San Francisco to a 20-0 …
    Source: ESPN.com
  • New Orleans Saints will keep an eye on the San Francisco 49ers Monday night

    49ers, the Saints next opponent, knocked them out of the playoffs last season,
    Source: nola.com
    • New Orleans Saints can exorcise even more demons next Sunday against San Francisco 49ers: First take

      Saints' 38-17 victory over Oakland Raiders on Sunday sets up even bigger matchup against 49ers next week
      Source: nola.com

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