Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdown passes while filling in for injured quarterback Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Chicago Bears 32-7 in the National Football League’s Monday night game.
The 49ers (7-2-1) scored the most points this year against the Bears (7-3), who entered the game ranking second in the NFL by allowing an average of 14.8 points per game. The 49ers are giving up the fewest points per game -- moving to an average of 13.4 points allowed after last night’s win.
“I wanted to come out and show what I was capable of,” Kaepernick, 25, said after his first career NFL start. “It’s everything I could have ever wished for.”
It was the second straight loss for Chicago, which was outgained 355 yards to 143 yards, following a six-game winning streak.
Both teams were missing their starting quarterbacks due to concussions. Smith and Chicago’s Jay Cutler both were injured Nov. 11 and ruled out last night. Jason Campbell started for Chicago, completing 14 of 22 passes for 107 yards and getting sacked six times and intercepted twice.
“Tonight was probably the worst nightmare,” Campbell said in a news conference. “One of the toughest games I have been involved in my career.”
The 49ers built a 20-0 halftime lead, outgaining the Bears 249 yards to 35 yards in the first half. Kaepernick had a 3-yard scoring pass to Vernon Davis, Kendall Hunter had a 14-yard touchdown run and David Akers added field goals of 32 and 37 yards.
San Francisco increased its margin to 27 points early in the third quarter on a 10-yard scoring reception by Michael Crabtree. Chicago responded with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Campbell to Brandon Marshall.
The 49ers made it 32-7 in the fourth quarter on Akers’ third field goal, a 32-yarder, and a safety.
Kaepernick went 16-of-23 passing for 243 yards with no interceptions. Aldon Smith had 5 1/2 sacks for San Francisco, which got its 43rd Monday Night Football victory to tie the Dallas Cowboys for the most in NFL history.
San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh, who missed practice five days ago when he was treated at a hospital for an irregular heartbeat, said he was impressed by Kaepernick and declined to say who would be the team’s Week 12 starter.
“We’ll see,” Harbaugh said in his post-game news conference. “I usually tend to go with the guy who’s got the hot hand and we’ve got two quarterbacks that have got a hot hand. I thought Colin did an outstanding job.”
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