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The Bears Den: September 15, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 2 news and notes

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Bears stun 49ers with late rally - Larry Mayer: The Bears erased deficits of 17-0 and 20-7 Sunday night, outscoring the 49ers 21-0 in the fourth quarter to record a stunning 28-20 comeback victory.

Improbable win meaningful for many - Dan Bernstein: On the road Sunday night, the Bears came back to beat the 49ers just when it looked like there was no reason for them to do; sadly it may have been an even more meaningful game for Charles Tillman than for most.

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Chicago Bears 28, San Francisco 49ers 20

Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall spoil 49ers' home opener - What a way for Chicago to forget that bitter 23-20 overtime loss to the Bills at home in Week 1.

[Video] - Game highlights from ... ... ESPN.

Game review - Situational updates from the field as they unfolded during the Bears' 28-20 victory over the 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Larry Mayer's pregame Q&As.

Game breakdown - The Tribune's drive chart, game stats, and Cutler watch.

Game report - Bob LeGere: Just when it appeared the game would turn into a rout, the offense came to life. Then the defense delivered. It all added up to one of the most unlikely reversals of fortune in recent Bears history.

Game report - James Neveau: The Bears were down 17-0 early, but they ended up spoiling the party for the 49ers as they scored a comeback 28-20 victory on Sunday night.

Down 17-0, Bears rally to stun 49ers - Rich Campbell: Victory woke the Bears from their 29-year Bay Area nightmare, ending an eight-game road losing streak to the 49ers.

Game review - Adam Hoge: The victory didn’t quite match the craziness of the Monday night win in Arizona in 2006, but it might have been more improbable given the opponent and expectations coming into the game.

Bears up for a little California redeemin’ - Rick Telander: This game was out of control, a certain win for the 49ers. Then, whatever the Bears were doing so poorly in the first half, they undid in the second.

Bears follow their leader — Cutler — to stunning victory - David Haugh: This is the way an NFL team gets taken seriously as a playoff contender, how Cutler needed to rebound. The Bears never quit.

Cutler, Bears show their toughness - Barry Rozner: Marc Trestman wanted a tougher team this year. Well, he's got it. That was double-tough, the Bears returning from the grave on the road Monday night in a brutal environment.

Bears steal stunning comeback road win over 49ers - Patrick Finley: A devasting injury to Tillman. Another to Conte. Marshall and Jeffery limping. This is where the Bears’ season was supposed to fall apart. Except it didn’t.

Just like that, all is well for Bears - Mike Imrem: Crisis? What crisis? The angst over the Bears' opening loss to Buffalo last week was soothed by a gutsy victory in the 49ers fancy new stadium.

Bears overcome injuries to notch improbable victory - Is-Hub Arkush: Heroic is the word that keeps coming to mind, as this was a game they seemingly couldn’t and shouldn’t have won, and yet somehow they found a way.

Bears take their lumps, hang in for huge victory - Brad Biggs: It's hard to say where this Bears season will go from here. But they hung in with an NFC power and withstood the kind of blows that would have knocked them out a year ago.

Rapid Reaction - Michael C. Wright with a few thoughts on the Bears' 28-20 win against the 49ers at Levi's Stadium.

Game review - Jeff Dickerson with five things we learned: Defense came to play from the opening whistle; Kyle Fuller looks to be a keeper; the NFL is a wild league.

Game review - Dan Hanzus, Marc Sessler: Takeaways from Sunday night as the Bears came back in a 28-20 win over the 49ers in the opening of Levi's Stadium.

Game notes - Not-Hub Fishbain with the good, the bad, the star players, and key moments of the game.

Game notes - Larry Mayer: Jay Cutler matches career-high four TD passes, including three on successive drives in Q4; defense victimizes Kaepernick with four takeaways and four sacks; Young leads Bears' sack attack; injury and game notes.

Game notes - Michael C. Wright: Marshall, Cutler high on Kyle Fuller; Martellus Bennett's "Christmas" route tree; Phil Emery shows uncharacteristic excitement at win.

Game notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: Fuller steps up for injured Tillman; special teams struggle; Marshall and Jeffery true game-time decisions; roster moves.

Game notes - Patrick Finley: Chris Conte exits after big play; Bears win despite special teams stumbles; more from the game.

Game notes - Dan Wiederer: Willie Young comes up big on defense with two sacks; Bears aided by penalties, not aided by officials' reviews; injury notes.

[Video] ESPN - Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Bears' 28-20 win over the 49ers.

[Video] CSNChicago - Moon Mullin and Jen Lada break down Bears win over Niners.

[Video] Postgame Live - Jim Miller: 'Everybody stepped up today for the Chicago Bears'.

Kyle Fuller; defense

Fuller intercepts two passes in win - Larry Mayer: Subbing for the injured Charles Tillman, rookie Kyle Fuller intercepted two Colin Kaepernick passes in the fourth quarter to fuel the Bears' 28-20 comeback win over the 49ers.

Kyle Fuller shines with pair of interceptions - Jeff Dickerson: Veteran defenders gushed over rookie's two Q4 interceptions that helped lead the Bears to a 28-20 upset over the heavily favored 49ers.

Fuller makes big statement - James Neveau: Kyle Fuller put on a show for the ages as the team scored a stunning win.

Kyle Fuller helps turn game around for Bears - Rich Campbell: Maybe it's hyperbole to say Fuller helped save the Bears' season with his two interceptions. But maybe it's not.

In seeking its identity, Bears' defense finds its 'edge' - Jon Greenberg: Considering what happened last week -- with an array of bad reads and bad tackling -- this was a major step in the right direction.

Tillman injury makes Bears’ big ‘D’ night bittersweet - Adam L. Jahns: Marc Trestman didn’t offer an update on Tillman, but it remains a somber lowlight despite a strong performance by the oft-criticized defense against a formidable opponent on a big, stadium-christening night.

[Video] Postgame Live - Willie Young sparked defense with sacks.

Jay Cutler; offense

Jay Cutler gets his signature win - Jon Greenberg: For all the abuse Cutler takes, this was a signature game for him on a national level as he tossed three TDs in a fourth-quarter rally to beat the 49ers, and just maybe salvage the Bears season.

That was Jay Cutler's signature win - Steve Rosenbloom: Cutler just had Brian Urlacher’s Arizona game, but the most impressive thing was Tucker's plan and his unit’s execution to pressure Kaepernick and force the right-handed thrower to run to his left.

Cutler stands tall as Bears triumph - James Neveau: Jay Cutler is always going to be that cocky kid who drives some fans nuts, but on nights like Sunday, you can’t help but be reminded of the resiliency and toughness that he brings to the table.

[Video] 15 on 6 - The Postgame Live crew's thoughts on Cutler's performance. More.

Bears use end-of-half drive to spark rally - Not-Hub Fishbain: The turnaround began late in Q2 with a 2:09, 80-yard drive that resulted in a TD going into halftime, cutting the 49ers’ lead to 17-7.

Brandon Marshall gives reason to jump for joy - Mark Potash: In a crazy game that looked lost in the first half, Marshall and Jeffery did more than just show some guts. They eventually helped make the difference.

Hurting Bears Marshall, Jeffery lay hurt on 49ers - Dan Wiederer: Even with neither receiver at full strength, it was exactly the boost the offense badly needed in a quest to avoid the franchise's first 0-2 start in more than a decade.

Martellus Bennett’s big Q4 propels Bears - Seth Gruen: TE was clearly a priority for Cutler and the coaching staff when matched up against a linebacker.

More from the game

[Video] ESPN - Martellus Bennett's on-field interview immediately after the Bears battled back to defeat the 49ers on the road.

Tillman injury dampens mood - James Neveau: Victory came as a price as Charles Tillman headlined a list of potentially devastating injuries. Not-Hub Arnold: Injuries plague secondary, special teams.

Injury news - Michael C. Wright: Charles Tillman (triceps), Chris Conte (shoulder), Sherrick McManis (quadriceps), Trevor Scott (foot) and Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion) were all ruled out after suffering game-ending injuries.

[Video] Postgame Live - Final thoughts on Bears-Niners, and looking ahead to next week's MNF game against the Jets.

Photos - from and the Herald.

Game grades - Jeff Dickerson: The players and coaches both deserve praise for finding a way to win on the road.

Game grades - Mark Potash with a delightful little slideshow.

Game grades - Patrick Finley's Bears stock watch: What’s rising and falling in Week 2.

Game grades - Rich Campbell picks who was too hot, too cold and just right.

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright's game ball goes to Brandon Marshall, who overcame injury and a slow start to score three TDs.

[Video] Postgame Live - The PGL crew with their Monsters of the Game.

Moon Mullin's game grades by unit: - QB - RB - WR/TE - O-line - D-line - LB - DB - STs - coaching.

Bears quotes - Bears players took to Twitter following Sunday night's victory over the 49ers in San Francisco to express their thoughts about the game.


"Mama Cass: deceased, ham sandwich."