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Bears Roar Back In Sunday Night Matchup

After the San Francisco 49ers beat up on the Dallas Cowboys in Week One of the NFL season last weekend, it may not have been such a surprise to see that they got out to an early lead against an 0-1 Bears team. However, the Bears, who currently sit at 60/1 odds to win the 2015 Super Bowl, used an epic fourth quarter comeback to nab their first win of the season in impressive fashion.

The 49ers once had a 20-7 lead in this game, and heading into the fourth it looked as if the 49ers would wrap up their second win of the season against an NFC opponent. The Bears had other plans in mind and they quickly scored just a few minutes into the fourth quarter. The 13-play, 80-yard, scoring drive was capped by a 5-yard pass from Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall, and it had taken over 7 minutes to complete. The next drive wouldn’t take nearly as long, as the Bears would get the ball back and Martellus Bennett would score on a 3-yard pass from Cutler. The two scores happened just 20 seconds apart, and you could tell that momentum was starting to shift towards Chicago as they took the 21-20 lead.

Both teams would go back and forth for the next six minutes, but then the Bears would score again to pull out 28-20. In front of a shocked stadium in San Francisco, nobody else would score the rest of the game and the Bears would achieve one of the biggest comebacks in Sunday Night Football history.

Colin Kaepernick struggled on Sunday night. He was just 21/34 for 248 yards passing. He had three interceptions and was sacked 4 times for 16 years. Kaepernick hasn’t gotten off to a great start this season, but he has been helped by his defense. The 49ers gave up just 216 yards total offense on Sunday, even though they allowed three costly touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Also for the 49ers, Frank Gore had his best showing of the season. He ran for 63 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, though he would’ve had another touchdown and 55 more yards had one of his runs not been called back thanks to a holding call from Anquan Boldin.

On Chicago’s side of the ball, Jay Cutler was 23/34 when airing it out. And although he only had 176 yards, he did have four touchdowns on the evening. On the ground, the Bears struggled to run the ball against San Francisco, as Cutler and Forte both accounted for all 46 of Chicago’s running yards.

What might be even more stinging about this loss for the 49ers is that divisional foe Seattle had lost earlier in the day at San Diego. This was the 49ers chance to take a lead on the Seahawks, but now both teams find themselves behind a 2-0 Arizona Cardinals team that leads the NFC West. Now the 49ers will have to quickly lick their wounds and get ready to play that Arizona squad next weekend. Be sure to check back with sportspicks.com for insider information and the odds that you need.

The 49ers still sit at 12/1 odds to win the 2015 Super Bowl. But after a shaky second half against Dallas in Week One, and an embarrassing closing quarter against Chicago in this one, they certainly have some work to do for closing things out.