Chicago Bears lose Battle of the Bad to Robbie Gould, 49ers


Jimmy Garoppolo did about as well as the 49ers could have expected in his first start Sunday, all things considered. Trubisky average pass traveled just 3.5 yards past the line of scrimmage, the lowest of his career and less than half his average entering the game.

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With a flurry of fist pumps, Robbie Gould directed his not-so-subtle celebration straight toward the Chicago Bears' sideline. Whether the local kid, now with just three National Football League starts under his belt after spending his first three-plus seasons as Tom Brady's backup, can persuade them with more performances like Sunday to eschew the tag for a long-term deal remains to be seen. "I get butterflies before every game", admitted Garoppolo. The 49ers coach noted there were some play-clock issues Sunday and that whatever Garoppolo didn't understand from the playbook was dropped from the game plan. Here we look at three takeaways from the win.

"Just look at him". "He's got it all together". He came in a short time (ago) and is helping us flip this thing around. "Some people are just winners, and he's a victor". 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo threw his first career interception on his 104th career pass attempt. For example, just before the half, the 49ers were inside the 10 and then moved right out when tight end George Kittle and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin had back-to-back false start penalties. "But Trent made a great route, hit him, and he got some yards after the catch so it was exciting".

Garoppolo's play should continue to improve as he becomes more comfortable in the 49ers offense.

Trubisky had a 117.2 passer rating, but threw only 15 passes. Afterward, however, the quarterback didn't think there was much risk; he noted exactly where each defender was on the play.

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"I thought all day, those guys gave me a lot of time". "You don't really know if it's going to come true or not". Fuller grabbed the ball from Murphy's hands. Talked to Foxy, talked to Jeff [Rodgers] and said I appreciate everything you guys did for me.

"He did a good job for his first time". He had 12 completions for 102 yards and a touchdown.

Healthy and well-rested in this game, the 49ers defense held the Bears to just 147 total yards.

Trubisky may blossom into an excellent starter for the Bears, and Shanahan rated him as the best quarterback in the recent draft.

Indeed, a one-point margin of defeat flattered the Bears, and this was undoubtedly one of San Francisco's best performances of the season. The small kinks can be worked out over the final four games of the season, but Garoppolo is the real deal for the S.F. organization. It also likely assured the team's decision makers that Garoppolo indeed is the 49ers' quarterback of the future.

"I didn't see that", Fox said about Gould's celebration. "For his first time doing it, especially without being here, it was pretty impressive".