The Bears Den: November 20, 2012 - Week 12 News and Notes

Ezra Shaw

Chicago Bears Week 12 News and Notes

Kaepernick, 49ers whip Bears 32-7 - The 49ers whipped the Bears 32-7 on Monday night in a highly touted NFC showdown that hardly lived up to the hype.

Bears won't survive absence of Jay Cutler - Gregg Rosenthal: Chicago's OL is poor and the coaching is unimaginative to put it kindly. Harbaugh was playing chess Monday night; Tice was playing Connect Four.

49ers loss a 'wakeup call' – that says Bears asleep and overconfident - Moon Mullin: The blowout loss to the 49ers shows the Bears were overconfident against a rookie QB, and there was a lack of preparation.

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Bears-49ers game reports

Game box score - All the stats you don't want to see.

Bears suffer defeat at the hands of 49ers - Larry Mayer: Road trips to San Francisco have been a nightmare for the Bears since 1985, and Monday was no different.

Larry Mayer's game blog - Q. What is for dinner tonight Larry? A. Pasta, Caesar salad, vegetables and cupcakes. I give it a B-.

NFCN Blog Rapid Reaction - Michael C. Wright: The 49ers dominated the Bears on both sides of the ball. Halftime Adjustments - Where to start with the Bears trailing 20-0?

49ers “Stick” it to Bears in 32-7 drubbing - Sean Jensen: For the Bears, the 49ers can’t demolish Candlestick Park soon enough.

Campbell, Bears struggle in 32-7 loss to 49ers - Fred Mitchell: The Bears were shut down Monday night by a dominant San Francisco defense.

Bears lose 32-7 to 49ers - Brad Biggs: If the previous two games have proved anything, it's that the first half of the schedule was packed with cupcakes. Mmmm, cupcakes.

Backup QB shreds Bears’ vaunted defense - Adam L. Jahns: The 49ers were the proud and mighty victors in a 32-7 thumping of one of the best defenses in the league.

Kaepernick leads 49ers past Bears - David Haugh: Bears no longer deserve to keep company with teams considered NFL's elite.

[Video] ESPN - Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico break down the 49ers' win over the Bears.

First start becomes 'worst nightmare' for Jason Campbell - Michael C. Wright: With little time to scan the field because of poor protection and a 49ers defense that adeptly eliminated Brandon Marshall, Campbell ended with a passer rating of 52.7.


More game analysis

[Video] ESPN - Trent Dilfer and Steve Young look at what went wrong with the Bears against the 49ers: lack of Cutler.

Bears get reality check from 49ers - Michael Wilbon: The fact is the Bears have played three heavyweight opponents this season, and lost to all three. Tice's offense in all three games is stuff that would embarrass any good college coach.

Bears facing lots of questions after Frisco Demolition Night - Rick Morrissey: The 49ers exposed a flawed football team, one that has lived off fumble recoveries and interceptions. But there was something else at work: a back-on-its heels team that didn’t look like it thought it belonged.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin gives his take on the Bears' embarrassing loss to San Francisco.

Campbell only raises more questions - Dan Pompei: Backup QB doesn't give Bears much of a spark - or much hope.

Bears expected more from Campbell, who got little help from his mates - Sean Jensen: Heading into the season, Campbell, 30, believed he can start in the NFL. Monday’s performance won’t help his cause.

Bears' defense submits to Kaepernick - Jeff Dickerson: One of most troubling aspects of the Bears' defensive collapse was the amount of big plays the 49ers were able to complete down the field.

Secondary's problems magnified in loss to 49ers - Vaughn McClure: Wright, Hayden, Conte all have their issues with tackling, coverage.

Marshall can only vent after 2-catch game - Michael C. Wright: Lovie Smith typically avoids excuses, but acknowledged porous protection limited Marshall's chances.

[Video] PGL analysis - Jiggs: "There's something fundamentally wrong with the pass protection; I don't understand what they're being taught." Miller: "I'd be pissed too if I was behind that line." Ouch.

No offense, but Bears are going backwards - Adam Hoge: All that talk from Lovie Smith about how his team hadn't peaked yet? Well, after Monday night's 32-7 disaster against the 49ers, it's clear the Bears are going backwards.

Brad Biggs' Four downs - Bears were dominated physically on both sides of ball in loss to 49ers; J'Marcus Webb might have helped Aldon Smith become a serious candidate for DPOTY.

Five things we learned - Jeff Dickerson: Are the Bears a good team that simply got to seven wins by beating up on weak opponents, or are they in fact an average team that feasted on inferior competition?

Game notes - Mark Potash: Marshall struggles to connect with Campbell; Wootton surprise starter over Idonije; neither concussed player made the trip.

Game notes - Vaughn McClure: Alshon Jeffery's knee injury not too serious; issues at nickel back and TE?

Adam Hoge's game notes - Campbell didn't play his best Monday, but he didn't exactly get a lot of help.

Matt Bowen's game notes - Quick game notes from San Francisco's 32-7 win. Thankfully, he doesn't say much about the Bears. Jeff Dickerson: Aldon Smith runs over Bears' O-line.

[Video] Matt Bowen's breakdown - Matt Bowen joins Tribune columnists to break down the debacle in San Fran.

Photos - Caption for pic #5 of Gabe Carimi? "Yep, the Bears sure got the best O-lineman of the 2011 draft."


Game grades

Michael C. Wright's Report Card - Grading the Bears in their 32-7 loss to the 49ers: Nothing went well.

Grading the Bears - Mark Potash: Everyone gets an F!

Moon Mullin's grades: Offense - Without defensive TD's, Bears’ 'O' can’t tally points of its own.

Moon Mullin's grades: Defense & STs - For the defense, plenty of 'F's' to go around.

Adam Hoge's grades - As bad as the offense were, the defense were even worse.

Three Bears - Vaughn McClure's Bears who were cold, colder, and coldest.

[Video] PGL analysis - The PGL crew eke out some recipients for the MVP award.


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