Yes, it was a game that looked like a lot of games this year. Too many penalties (waaay too much Ed Hochuli), too many mental mistakes, and not enough touchdowns. But, a funny thing happened on the way to the loss. The once and future quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, engineered a game winning drive, starting from their own 8, to lead the Robbie (red and ex-Bear) Goulds to a 15-12 win. In Chi-town no less.
No mean feat, as the Bears and their QB savior Mitch Trubiski came up short as the 49er defense had a good day in holding Chicago to one TD. These two teams will be forever tied together by the draft-day trade that John Lynch made with the Bears. The one that gave SF Solomon Thomas AND Reuben Foster, AND a 2nd round pick next year.
Thing is, this would have been a hard loss to swallow as the 49ers dominated the game statistically. In numbers not seen hardly ever, the Niners held the ball for nearly 39 minutes to a paltry 21 and change for Chicago. We crushed them in yards (388 to 147), 1st downs (23 to 8), passing (278 to 85), rushing (110 to 62), and unfortunately, penalties (8-53 to 4-29).
The penalties were the issue keeping the 49ers out of the end zone, and drive after drive stalled in the red zone. Flexin’ Ed missed an illegal block in the back on Chicago’s improbable punt return for a TD, as that looked like the game-winning play, and made seemingly random calls to stall drives late in the game. But still and all, a nice road win for a team that is trying to find their identity.
Jimmy Go certainly looks the part of being the franchise QB as he threw the ball well, had a commanding presence in the pocket, and had a contested pass that was actually a completion wrestled away from Louis Murphy for a pick and his only blemish. And the defense kept Chicago out of the red zone most of the day. A solid day for an upstart team.