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Colin Kaepernick, Aldon Smith lead 49ers to blowout win over Bears


It was quite the starting debut for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick and pass rusher Aldon Smith put on a show Monday night as the 49ers throttled the Chicago Bears in a 32-7 victory.

Kaepernick, starting in place of a concussed Alex Smith, certainly didn’t look like a quarterback making his first NFL start as he led scoring drives on each of the 49ers first four possessions in building a 20-0 first half lead. Conversely, Bears starter Jason Campbell, filling-in for a concussed Jay Cutler, was incapable of doing anything with the football. San Francisco held the Bears to just 35 yards of total offense in the first half.

A Bears defense that entered the game with a league-leading 30 forced turnovers was unable to take the ball away from the 49ers. It was the first game this season where the Bears were unable to force a turnover. Kaepernick was terrific in completing 16 of 23 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns.

Meanwhile on defense, Aldon Smith caused fits for Bears right tackle Gabe Carimi. Smith ran over, around and through Carimi as he harassed Campbell all night. Smith finished with 4.5 sacks on the night to improve his season total to 14 sacks. Smith’s 14 sacks is more than the Jacksonville Jaguars (12) and Oakland Raiders (11) have as a team.

Chicago finished with just 151 yards of total offense on the night. Campbell finished 14 of 22 for 107 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions for the Bears.

After a 32-yard field goal by David Akers gave San Francisco the early lead, Kaepernick led the 49ers on a quick four-play, 63-yard drive culminating in a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Vernon Davis to take a 10-0 lead.

Kendall Hunter scored from 14 yards out on the next San Francisco possession to take a 17-0 lead. Tarell Brown then intercepted Campbell on the ensuing possession to set up a 37-yard field goal from Akers to take a 20-0 lead into halftime.

Kaepernick then led another scoring drive to open the third quarter. The 49ers went 62 yards in five plays and Kaepernick found Michael Crabtree for a 10-yard score to take a 27-0 lead.

Campbell finally got the Bears on the board with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall late in the third quarter. Akers added another field goal, a 32-yarder, and a fumble by Campbell on a split sack by Aldon and Justin Smith led to a safety to give San Francisco a 32-7 cushion.

Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery left the game with a knee injury in the second half and did not return. Jeffery had missed the last four games for Chicago with a fractured right hand.

UPDATE 11:55 p.m. ET: Aldon Smith was credited with another sack giving him 5.5 sacks for the game and 15 sacks on the season.

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37 Responses to “Colin Kaepernick, Aldon Smith lead 49ers to blowout win over Bears”
  1. oaktown49er says: Nov 19, 2012 11:49 PM

    Very proud of the Niners but seriously I’m still pissed about the penalty on Aldon Smith. Does anyone honestly think he wasn’t going for the loose ball. Really?!?! Our coach had an irregular heartbeat, and you call that? As for some former 49ers. I miss Blake Costanzo but Chilo Rachal is terrible, the Bears have to replace him.

  2. Brinke says: Nov 19, 2012 11:51 PM

    Jason Campbell looked bored, uninspired, total lack of ANY leadership, glazed over, mailed it in.

    Niners looked good in all phases.

  3. enochmh2 says: Nov 19, 2012 11:52 PM

    kaepernick has shown me more than i saw from alex smith in his 8 seasons

  4. lostsok says: Nov 19, 2012 11:53 PM

    The weird thing is, watching Kaepernick play reminds me of watch Harbaugh play…

  5. Nevis says: Nov 19, 2012 11:53 PM

    Aldon Smith was playing with high schoolers. Never seen linemen get that owned. He shoved one down like a child. Justin Smith too, just a monster. Dudes sack Qbs THROUGH and AROUND lineman.

    As for CK, this is what 49ers fans have been drooling over, despite what a great job Alex has done since Harbaugh’s arrival.

    But let’s face it – Alex makes a better insurance policy than he does a mortgage.

    Harbaugh needs to pull the trigger, and it’s really not even debatable.

  6. otissor says: Nov 19, 2012 11:54 PM

    Kaepernick looks like the future QB of the 49ers. Alex might want to start packing his bags.

  7. contraisloosebuthole says: Nov 19, 2012 11:57 PM

    Where was the vaunted Bears D? You knew the Bears were going to be exposed as complete frauds over the last two weeks though (well if you lived outside Chicago anyway).

  8. dabears212 says: Nov 20, 2012 12:00 AM

    As a Bears fan, this is what I learned:

    -Colin Kaepernick is a stud
    -Aldon Smith is a stud
    -Jason Campbell holds true to his nickname (Captain Checkdown)
    -The o-line is in the running for worst in the NFL
    -The Bears coaching staff particularly Mike Tice CANNOT MAKE ADJUSTMENTS.

    Great win by the Niners.

    As for Chicago, when us fans say Bear Down, you’re supposed to get back up!!!

  9. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Nov 20, 2012 12:02 AM

    I knew it after week 3. 60% of the teams in the nfl this year have pretty bad o-lines. idk what changed or what happened but this has been a bad year for o-lines. probably why there’s no real clear cut superbowl fav.

  10. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Nov 20, 2012 12:06 AM

    The Niners have been lacking one key ingredient since Harbaugh arrived. An alpha dog QB. If Kaepernick continues to progress it’s looking a lot like the good ol days here on the San Francisco peninsula.

    It’s one game but it was pretty significant. Let’s see some more. Harbaugh said in his post game presser they’ll go with the hot hand. Alex isn’t so hot.

    Note to Aldon Smith. Go home and go to bed. No arrests, stabbings or car crashes please.

  11. larryboodry says: Nov 20, 2012 12:08 AM

    Hats off to the 49ers for a great game in all phases…This was one, as bad as our defense looked, that even Cutler probably doesn’t bail us out of.

    And if Jay is still concussed next week, McCown should start…He already showed he can beat MN.

  12. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 20, 2012 12:09 AM

    Bear down, Chicago bears. Ha ha ha ha, you’re not in first anymore!

  13. rhone16 says: Nov 20, 2012 12:16 AM

    For those who are shocked by this game because you assumed Kaepernick was just a raw talent who would be lost in the pocket: What did you think Harbaugh has been doing with his hand picked QB (whom they traded up to get in the second round) for the past year and a half?

  14. bb10856pft says: Nov 20, 2012 12:18 AM

    Aldon Smith is a beast. He had 14 sacks his rookie year & now he has 15 with 6 games left to play. I wonder why no one talks about him?

  15. holahey123 says: Nov 20, 2012 12:19 AM

    I understand the struggles the Bears offense had since they wear facing the second best NFL defense according to some Bears fans. But what happened to the “best” NFL defense tonight against a QB starting for the first time?

  16. giantsfanlewis says: Nov 20, 2012 12:25 AM

    It seems everyone forgets just how important game tape on a qb is. Just look at cam

  17. jprey86 says: Nov 20, 2012 12:34 AM

    Aldon Smith is a beast, great game by Colin Kaepernick. This was a great game overall by the Niners.

  18. 3jetallgo says: Nov 20, 2012 12:36 AM

    49ers are the exception to the rule that a QB controversy means you have no quarterback.

    Kaep’s performance speaks for itself, but don’t forget that Alex Smith has 104 qb rating (#3 in NFL), is #2 in yards/attempt, and is 20-6 in his last 26.

    Bottom line, sounds like one of those good problems…

  19. itsonlyaspeedbump says: Nov 20, 2012 12:37 AM

    Difficult to name a more talented team then San Francisco, maybe the Texans. I’m not sure if they are the best team, but if Kaepernick gets more starts this year or next and proves to be for real, I’d have to call GM Trent Balke the best personnel man in football.

    The 2 Smiths on the left side of the defense, Willis and Bowman in the middle, Goldson patrolling the back end, Crabtree at WR, Hunter backing up Gore, Staley at tackle, Iupoti at guard…nothing but All-Pros, Pro-Bowlers and future Pro-Bowlers.

    I still get mad when I see that stupid loss to the Vikings and getting dismantled by the Giants when I see them play like this.

  20. sixjak says: Nov 20, 2012 12:51 AM

    Wow what a game. Wasn’t expecting that. Go 9ers.

  21. rickyspanish says: Nov 20, 2012 2:38 AM

    It was a great game by Kaepernick, but it was just one game. Before all you Niner fans send Smith packing, remember who got you to the the NFC Championship last year. I’m not saying Smith is better than Kaepernick, I’m saying no one knows yet. Either way, what a great first game by that guy, he destroyed a great defense.

  22. jnova80 says: Nov 20, 2012 4:06 AM

    What a game, what a game. As a Niners fan I am shocked. Not that I didn’t think SF would take this, but I was expecting it to be a close game. Aldon was ridiculous tonight. He pushes linemen on their butts like they’re children. And Kaepernick was incredible. The kid did everything he needed to do and he did it against one of the best defenses in the league. The question is, what now? Alex or Colin? Things are about to get interesting. Just glad this “QB controversy” is happening while the Niners are winning instead of what’s playing out with NYJ right now.

  23. jiggy3198 says: Nov 20, 2012 6:17 AM

    All of Chicago is teetering on the edge and waiting for a December debacle. Could be the end for Lovie

  24. burrito12 says: Nov 20, 2012 6:42 AM

    Bears were exposed for the frauds that they are, they still have not beat a team who owned a winning record at the time.

  25. vikefan says: Nov 20, 2012 7:56 AM

    just keep it up for 1 more week bears………..

  26. snaponrules says: Nov 20, 2012 8:18 AM

    Bears fan here, great game by the 9’ers in all phases.
    I would only suggest that the 9’er fans remember who their defence played. The Chicago O-line makes every team they play look like superbowl contenders stacked with pro bowlers on defence.
    As for Chicago as much as I LOVE having Cutler as our QB I hope he doesnt extend his contract sighting safety behind this putrid O-line as the reason.
    Every year (for the past 4 ) we have the worst line in football, every year its “we have faith in our o-line, they just need time to Jell” Every year we lead the league in sacks given up and tackles behind the LOS.

  27. eventhorizon04 says: Nov 20, 2012 8:33 AM

    Lol at Bears fans who criticize their QB.

    Hmm, Jay Cutler looks bad behind that O-line, Caleb Hanie looks bad behind that O-line, Jason Campbell looks bad behind that O-line…

    It’s almost as if…that O-line is so bad….that no QB can succeed….

    Nah, let’s just criticize our QBs whenever they complain about how awful that O-line is.

    Kaepernick looked terrific, but you can’t ignore how much MORE time he had to make his throws than Campbell did.

    Bears O-line is probably a fatal flaw.

  28. rablak4 says: Nov 20, 2012 8:36 AM

    Bears fan here. That O-line is a complete embarrassment. Carimi should be looking for a new line of work today.

  29. jm91rs says: Nov 20, 2012 9:19 AM

    That line is a joke for the Bears. I wish Cutler had been in there getting pounded so we could have seen him cry and shove his linemen around.

  30. getyourownname says: Nov 20, 2012 9:21 AM

    So, J. Harbaugh still coaches a team on the coast that has a dominating defense. It’s just a different Harbaugh.

  31. sprtsfan1 says: Nov 20, 2012 9:28 AM

    No excuses, Bears got beat by the better team, not the team that played better, although they did in every facet of the game. Hats off to the Niners O and D. Kaepernick is definitely the future.

  32. claymatthewshair says: Nov 20, 2012 9:30 AM

    The Bears are who we thought they were…the second best team in the division.

  33. tommytd says: Nov 20, 2012 9:44 AM

    Gotta can Lovie. He’s as innefective as ever and the only reason they’re not at the bottom of the NFC north has been their cupcake schedule. He’s yet to win a big game against a quality opponent this year. We redid the front office, time to replace the HC!

  34. crik911 says: Nov 20, 2012 9:57 AM

    Top 3 Reasons for Bears Loss.

    1) O-Line played terrible – For the most part the Oline plays the same as it always does, Without Jay running around making plays and getting the ball out quick (most times) we had no chance.

    2) Inability to read the SF Offensive plan – Bears were owned and predictable as Colin checked to the correct play for every formation we aligned in. How can they not adjust to this? NFL Level coaching staff looking like fools on MNF.

    3) No Turnovers – Normally walking at with a positive ratio, we didn’t even get a pick off #7. Disgraceful football played by the Bears.

    How can this be the same 9ers team that just tied the Rams?

  35. jibberator says: Nov 20, 2012 1:25 PM

    Would have been a shutout had the refs done their jobs correctly.

  36. Nevis says: Nov 20, 2012 1:40 PM

    bb10856pft says:
    Nov 20, 2012 12:18 AM
    Aldon Smith is a beast. He had 14 sacks his rookie year & now he has 15 with 6 games left to play. I wonder why no one talks about him?


    He’s getting ready to obliterate Reggie White’s record for most sacks in first two seasons. I think the record is 30.5, or 31 — Aldon around 29 already.

  37. dukemarc says: Nov 20, 2012 4:20 PM

    The Bears have only beaten one team with a winning record so far this season, the 6-4 Colts who just got smoked by the Pats.

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