Grades: How good was Trubisky vs. 49ers?

Sherman Parsons
December 25, 2018

On Sunday, the Bears took on the 49ers in a game that was crucial for Chicago and not almost as important for the long-since eliminated 49ers.

The game turned feisty in the fourth quarter, when San Francisco safety Marcell Harris hit Trubisky after he started sliding on a scramble near the Bears' bench.

Even injured offensive lineman Kyle Long was in on the shoving, trying to keep the peace between the two angry teams.

It would be less than accurate and probably a bit unfair to suggest there is anything wrong with the 11-4 Bears after their 14-9 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. But the 49ers won the battle today 2-1 with a fumble late in the game to give the 49ers offense a chance to win the game, and apparently, they like football in France.

After catching just one pass for one yard in the last three games combined, rookie WR Anthony Miller got the Bears on the board late in the first half with a four-yard TD catch, and he finished with three catches for 24 yards and also returned the opening kickoff 30 yards. With a five-point lead and just over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Trubisky scrambled to his left but went into a slide after picking up seven yards.

The second seed, a bye and a divisional playoff game at home all still are a possibility, but the Rams have to lose at home next weekend to these same 49ers, and the Bears have to upset the Vikings in Minnesota, a rather unlikely sequence of events. But Mack still made an impact in mucking up the pocket for Nick Mullens, and had a quarterback hit on three consecutive plays to help force a punt early in the second half.

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"We've been in this situation so many times and have come up big".

The 49ers finally got a takeaway.

The Bears ended up converting a first down to retain possession and continue their drive while leading 14-9 in the fourth.

Credit Vic Fangio, too, for largely winning his chess match with Shanahan.

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