Tuesday, November 20, 2012
49ers, Smith sack Bears in MNF rout
By ESPN Stats & Information
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesThe two best defensive teams in the NFL were scheduled to play on Monday Night Football but only one of them showed up at Candlestick Park.
The 49ers had a lot to celebrate in their 32-7 win over the Bears on Monday night.
The San Francisco 49ers blew out the Chicago Bears, 32-7, holding the Bears to a season-low 143 yards of total offense. Chicago has scored 13 points in its last two games combined, after averaging nearly 30 points per game in its first eight games this season.
This dominating performance against the Bears in San Francisco is nothing new for the 49ers. They have won eight straight home meetings against the Bears, outscoring them 271-49 in those games.
Aldon Smith was the star on defense for the 49ers, setting the record for sacks on Monday Night Football with 5.5. The previous record was 4.5 by Jared Allen in 2009 against the Green Bay Packers.
Smith now has 29 sacks in his first 26 games, the most ever by any player in his first 26 career games.
Smith has 15 sacks this season, nearly twice as many as the eight sacks by the rest of the 49ers. All of Smith’s league-leading 15 sacks this season have come when the 49ers send standard pressure.
Against the Bears the 49ers averaged 4.5 dropbacks per sack when sending four or fewer pass rushers, their most effective four-man pass rush in the last five seasons.
Colin Kaepernick, making his first career start, picked apart the Bears secondary with 243 yards passing and two touchdowns. The 243 yards is tied with Jeff Garcia for the most ever by a 49ers quarterback in his first career start. Kaepernick had 241 yards passing in his career entering Monday night.
Kaepernick joins Philip Rivers (2006) and Aaron Rodgers (2008) as the only quarterbacks in the last 10 seasons to win on Monday Night Football in his first career start.
Kaepernick was excellent when the Bears sent four or fewer pass rushers, completing 10-of-14 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown.
He connected for two plays of at least 30 yards against a Bears defense that had allowed four such plays all seasons with such pressure.
Kaepernick finished with a total QBR of 97.5, the highest in a starting debut for any quarterback over the last five seasons.
Kaepernick’s favorite target on Monday night was Vernon Davis, who broke out with six catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. He had just nine receptions and 101 yards receiving with no touchdowns in his previous four games combined. Davis had a season-high eight targets, five of which were on throws further than 10 yards downfield.
Stat of the Game
The home team has won the last 11 matchups between the Bears and 49ers. The last road win in the series is by the 49ers in the 1988 NFC Championship game at Soldier Field.