Setting 'MNF' scene from Candlestick Park

November, 19, 2012
11/19/12
6:04
PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO -- It's sunny and 66 degrees here at Candlestick Park, where the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears will be kicking off Monday night.

The parking lots are alive with 49ers fans and a few wearing Bears gear.

I'm in the pressbox and can see one one Bears player -- ball-hawking cornerback Charles Tillman -- warming up with a couple of Bears staffers.

Tillman has a league-high seven forced fumbles. He has also returned two interceptions for touchdowns. And as an NFL stats release notes, Tillman has two forced fumbles and one interception return for a score in his last two games on Monday nights. The Bears lead the NFL with 19 interceptions this season.

Tillman was working on catching passes from various angles, including lobs (perhaps to simulate a tipped ball?).

The official flip card featuring lineups and roster information shows Tony Corrente as the referee assigned to this game. Corrente was in the news recently for inadvertently swearing into a live microphone. The NFL fined him one game check. Corrente previously fought through cancer treatments to resume his officiating career in 2012.

Several 49ers players have made their way onto the field during the time since I started writing this item. They're wearing white T-shirts with black shorts, appropriate attire for the warm weather. Fans will start entering the stadium a couple hours before the 8:30 p.m. ET kickoff.

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