The San Francisco 49ers (4-8) picked up an exhilarating win on Sunday, shocking the Chicago Bears (5-7) in a 26-20 overtime win at Soldier Field thanks to same late heroics from the man under center. Here's some notes, quotes and observations from San Francisco's big victory.
Blaine Gabbert was the difference in this one, throwing a 71-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith in overtime after running for the tying TD late in the fourth.
Looking to get back to .500, Chicago made almost every mistake imaginable to hand this one to San Francisco -- a pick-six, costly penalties, and missed field goals to name a few.
San Francisco was 0-5 on the road heading into this game. It took several breaks on their side, but they've now got a tally in the win column.
The defense kept the Bears around in this one, forcing three-and-outs on six of San Francisco's first nine possessions and allowing just one touchdown through the first three-plus quarters.
"Very fun win." -- 49ers CEO Jed York after the game.
"I didn't get the job done today. The guys did a great job of getting it down the field, whether it's a 40-yarder early on in the second half or a -yarder at the end of the game. I just missed both of them. There's no excuse for it. I just didn't get it done." -- Bears kicker Robbie Gould.
"Guys made plays and we got the win. That's the most important thing." -- 49ers WR Torrey Smith
"It really isn't what you've done last week, it's what have you done for me lately in this league. You've got to be ready every week and you've got to perform at a high level. We came up a little short today." -- Bears coach John Fox
This was a badly needed win for the San Francisco 49ers' morale. They're going nowhere at 4-8, but you could see a weight lift off the players and coaches' shoulders after the game-winning TD in overtime. In a year that's been marred by controversy, injuries and underachievement, this is one for the season highlight reel.
Chicago's playoff hopes are all but dashed, and they have no one to blame but themselves. The Bears had countless chances to run away from the 49ers, but they instead handed the game away on a silver platter. They're two games behind the #6 Seattle Seahawks with four games to play, and there's nothing here to suggest Chicago will make up that gap.Back to the San Francisco 49ers Newsfeed