49ers Top Bears 37-30 in Preseason Action

Clayton vs the Bears

For two teams that are supposed to be better defensively, the game was an offensive showdown with eight scores and only one punt in the first half and ended with a last second touchdown for Chicago. Both teams have had drama this preseason about who will start at quarterback but to anyone watching the answers were clear.

San Francisco’s J. T. O’Sullivan (7/8, 126 yards, 1 TD) took the lead in the quarterback contest when he threw a deep ball to TE Vernon Davis early in the second quarter, setting the 49ers up for their first touchdown a couple of plays later with a 37-yard pass to WR Jason Hill who had 94 yards for the night. Former number one pick Alex Smith (6/16, 83 yards, 1 TD) struggled when starting from Chicago’s 16 yard line but FB Moran Norris was able to run 1 yard in for a touchdown. Smith later completed a 12-yard pass to WR Dominique Zeigler in the end zone. QB Shaun Hill (6/7, 60 yards) did well in limited action late in the game.

San Francisco RB Frank Gore was able to get 51 yards but had trouble when the 49ers needed short yardage in the red zone. RB Thomas Clayton had the bulk of the rushing yards for the Niners, finishing with 81 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. WR Issac Bruce, previously with the Rams, had 23 yards on two catches.

The Bears’ decision to make Kyle Orton (10/16, 147 yards, 2 TD) the starting quarterback looked like a wise choice. Orton threw two touchdowns to WR Rashied Davis in the first half One of his biggest plays of the night went for 55 yards to WR Mark Bradley, which topped his longest pass last season of 17 yards. Rex Grossman(1/4, 6 yards) did not do as well when he entered the game early in the third quarter. QB Caleb Hanie (3/7, 59 yards, 1 TD) threw an amazing 61-yard pass for a touchdown to end the game. RB Matt Forte had 11 carries for 44 yards.

Chicago’s special teams continued be a force to be dealt with but had some problems holding onto the ball. On the first kick return, Devin Hester ran for 12 yards and then threw a lateral to Danieal Manning who ran another 60 yards. Manning ran back 75 yards on their next effort, this time fumbling at the end but Chicago was able to recover. The Bears fumbled again on the next kickoff setting up San Francisco’s second TD. Chicago was also able to block a field goal with 1 second left in the first half.(0/1, 0 yards) and tipped a punt in the third quarter, ensuring their field position.

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