NFL Capsule: Bears at 49ers

Associated Press Published: November 15, 2012
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CHICAGO (7-2) At SAN FRANCISCO (6-2-1)

Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

OPENING LINE — OFF

RECORD VS. SPREAD — St. Louis 5-3, San Francisco 5-3

SERIES RECORD — 49ers lead 31-29-1

AP Pro32 RANKING — Bears No. 3; 49ers, No. 4

LAST MEETING — 49ers beat Bears 10-6, Nov. 12, 2009

LAST WEEK — Bears lost to Texans 13-6; 49ers tied Rams 24-24 OT

BEARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (28), RUSH (9), PASS (30)

BEARS DEFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (4), PASS (10)

49ERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (1), PASS (28)

49ERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (3), RUSH (7), PASS (5)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — 49ers won last three Monday Night Football games, four of five and six of nine. San Francisco 23-11 at home on MNF (since 1970). ... Bears have won four of last six meetings with Niners since being shut out 17-0 at Candlestick Park on Dec. 17, 2000. ... 49ers lead NFL in fewest points allowed (14.1), while Bears are second (14.8). ... Both quarterbacks in question after concussions last week — Bears Jay Cutler, 49ers Alex Smith. Could be day of backups — Chicago's Jason Campbell, San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick. Campbell has 70 career starts. ... Cutler threw five interceptions in '09 meeting and Frank Gore scored game's lone TD and rushed for 104 yards. ... 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was Bears' first-round pick of 1987 draft, 26th overall, and played QB for Chicago until 1993 . ... Kickers on both sides missed key opportunities last week: David Akers a 41-yarder in OT for Niners, Robbie Gould a 48-yarder early in fourth quarter at home vs. Houston. ... In last meeting three years ago, 49ers CB Tarell Brown intercepted pass by Cutler in second quarter and made 51-yard return to set up Gore's 14-yard TD run on ensuing play. ... Chicago WR Brandon Marshall has 51 catches for 690 yards and six TDs in past six games. ... Second-year San Francisco LB Aldon Smith with two more sacks vs. St. Louis for 9 1/2 on year. Had 14 in '11 to lead all NFL rookies and set franchise rookie record. ... Bears LB Blake Costanzo played for 49ers last season, finishing second on team with 17 special teams tackles and led San Francisco with four special teams tackles in postseason. ... Gore has five TDs on season and 48 for career, leaving him two TDs rushing shy of matching late Hall of Famer Joe Perry and RB Roger Craig for most in franchise history. RB trying for third straight 100-yard rushing game vs. Bears. ... In 14 career games against Chicago, 49ers WR Randy Moss has 86 catches for 1,155 yards and 10 TDs. His 1,155 yards receiving vs. Bears ranks fourth in NFL history. ... 49ers Justin Smith had six QB pressures and five QB hits against Bears last meeting, helped hold Bears RB Matt Forte to 41 yards rushing on 20 carries for 2.1-yard-per-carry average. ... 49ers have plenty to clean up after they were 2 for 11 on third-down conversions vs. Rams, allowed 458 yards, penalized seven times for 66 yards.

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