The Jimmy Garoppolo era has arrived, and it starts off with a trip to the Chicago Bears. Noise has all your updates from the game, as well as analysis and your comment thread.
After trading for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo nearly a month ago, the San Francisco 49ers are finally getting their first extended look at the signal-caller.
It will be the first of presumably a five-game stretch for Garoppolo, as it is widely believed that the Eastern Illinois product will be the starter for the remainder of the season.
San Francisco will be running with a simplified version of their offense, so it will be interesting to see how that works out.
As always, Niner Noise has your in-game thread with scoring updates and a comment thread you can participate in at the bottom of the article.
Follow along with us, as the 49ers aim to get their second victory of the season.
To open the game, San Francisco received the ball.
After the drive got off to a promising start with the 49ers picking up four first downs, the offense stalled out in the red zone. Kicker Robbie Gould’s 33-yard field goal was good to put San Francisco up 3-0 with 8:12 left in the first quarter.
On Chicago’s subsequent drive, the 49es defense clamed up as defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil sacked quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to force a three-and-out. Wide receiver Trent Taylor’s punt return placed the ball at San Francisco’s 46-yard line.
What appeared to be a reception by wide receiver Louis Murphy has turned out to be an extremely athletic play by cornerback Kyle Fuller. As Murphy was coming down with it, Fuller stripped it away midair. The Bears took over at their 43-yard line.
Chicago took advantage of the turnover and answered with an eight-play scoring drive that was capped off with wide receiver Dontrelle Inman’s eight-yard touchdown reception. After one quarter of play, the Bears held a 7-3 lead.
Despite picking up three first downs, the 49ers offense stalled out once again. Gould’s 28-yard field goal made it 7-6 at the 11:57 mark in the 2nd quarter.
On the ensuing drive, the San Francisco defense responded excellent with linebacker Reuben Foster’s stop of Trubisky on 3rd down to force a punt.
The 49ers offense wasted the opportunity provided to them, but it was not as bad as the special teams unit. On the punt, running back Tarik Cohen took it 61 yards to the house made it 14-6 with 5:49 left in the 2nd quarter.
Another promising drive ended with a San Francisco field goal as Gould’s 35-yard kick was good. That is the score we have at halftime.
Just the opening the 49ers defense hoped for as they forced the Bears to punt. San Francisco began the drive at their own 14-yard line.
Four first downs gained, three points scored. That is starting to become the motto for each 49ers drive this game. Gould’s 34-yard field goal was good to make the score 14-12 with 1:54 left in the 3rd quarter.
Surprisingly, there was a grand total of three drives for that quarter. The Bears punted to open up the 4th quarter.
On their next drive, the 49ers offense was unable to muster up anything and was forced to punt. Cohen’s big return was negated by a penalty and the Bears started at their own 14-yard line.
A huge stop for the San Francisco defense on 3rd and 12 to get the ball back into Garoppolo’s hands. Down 14-12, the 49ers offense has 5:27 to work with.
And 5:27 was just the amount needed for Garoppolo. A 14-play, 86-yard drive was capped off with Gould’s 24-yard field goal. Gould’s field goal was his fifth of the game.
In his first start, Garoppolo gets the win.
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