Colin Kaepernick Shines in Debut Start, Leads 49ers Over Bears
San Francisco, CA
Second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick shone in his first career start, tossing two touchdown passes as the San Francisco 49ers handed the Chicago Bears a second straight loss, 32-7, in Monday Night Football at Candlestick Park.
Kaepernick completed 16 of 23 passes for 243 yards and threw touchdown passes to wide receiver Michael Crabtee and tight end Vernon Davis as the 49ers (7-2-1) clinched their third win in the last four games to stay on top of NFC West.
Kaeperknick started in place of Alex Smith, who failed to get clearance to play after suffering a concussion against the St. Louis Rams last week.
Running back Frank Gore led the 49ers with 78 yards on 17 carries, Kendall Hunter rushed for a touchdown and David Akers buried three field goals in the 49ers' win.
The 49ers' defense was also outstanding, with linebacker NaVorro Bowman leading the way with 12 tackles. Aldon Smith tallied 5.5 sacks to bring his total to 15, overtaking Von Miller of the Denver Broncos (13).
Jason Campbell started in place of Jay Cutler, hitting 14 of 22 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown but had two interceptions as the Bears (7-3) dropped to a share of first place in the NFC North with the Green Bay Packers.
Cutler suffered a concussion Sunday night on an illegal hit by Houston Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins, who was fined $30,000.
Akers started the first quarter with a 32-yard field goal before Kaeperknick found Davis for a three-yard touchdown pass for a 10-0 lead.
The 49ers extended their advantage to 20-0 behind Hunter's 14-yard touchdown run and Akers added a 37-yard field goal.
In the third period, Kaeperknick threw his second touchdown pass of the game, a 10-yard pass to Crabtree to stake the 49ers to a 27-0 advantage.
Campbell finally put the Bears on the board with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall to trim the gap to 27-7.
However, Akers buried another field goal and Chico Rachal recovered a fumble in the end zone for two points to seal the final score.
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