Post & Edits: Melissa
Images: Terrell, Kym, & Ben
November 19, 2012
Candlestick: 49ers vs Bears
Here’s the scene: Monday Night Football, ESPN, all eyes on the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears. On top of it all, it’s the “Battle of the Backups.” Colin Kaepernick and Jason Campbell must be put to the test since each teams’ starting QBs (Alex Smith and Jay Cutler) were injured the previous week, both suffering from concussions.
No one knew what to expect from this past MNF game. It was as if the media and fans were trying to figure out the game plans with coaches Jim Harbaugh and Lovie Smith. Analysts did their jobs: speculate. It was going to be a game filled with unpredictability and uncertainty. Many assumed it would be a low-scoring game due to the top defenses; however, none would expect the 49ers to dominate like they did Monday night. They defeated the Bears with the final score 32-7.
The 49ers were a force to be reckoned with on the field. Maybe it’s because they had no closure after the final result of a tie in the last game against the St. Louis Rams. Collectively as a team, they had a total of 353 yards with zero turnovers. On the offensive side, Kaepernick did a great job in distributing the ball to his receivers and rushers. Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, and Kendall Hunter made their way in to the endzone, with Colin Kaepernick leading the scoring crew with two TDs. Even Ray McDonald snuck in some points when he tackled former guard Chilo Rachal in the endzone after Campbell fumbled the ball.
Kaepernick took the stage during this past MNF for his first career start. He completed 16 out of 23 passes for 243 yards. Along with his aforementioned touchdowns, he threw zero interceptions, and that’s against the Chicago Bears – a team who leads the NFL with 30 takeaways. With his impressive execution on the field came high praises; especially from Coach Harbaugh who referred to Kaepernick as the one with “hot hands.”
But it was the 49ers’ defensive performance that left many people in awe. The team commanded the scoreboard because the defense bullied the Bears each quarter; specifically, Aldon Smith. This young outside line backer set a new record with 5.5 sacks, the most in a MNF game, surpassing Jared Allen’s 4.5 back in 2009. But it doesn’t end there. After the win, Smith now leads the NFL with the most sacks this season, with a total of 15. He’s also 7.5 short of Michael Strahan’s record for the most sacks (22.5) in a single season, which was set back in 2001. Smith still has six more games to go. Did I mention that it’s only his second year in the NFL?
Things brings me to the focus of this blog. Given the 32-7 victory over the Bears, it’s obvious that the 49ers gave NO MERCY to their opponents. I’d like to share Smith’s intensity by showcasing each one of his 5.5 sacks that was made that night in the following pictures; along with a couple images portraying Kaepernick’s poise.