Monday night in San Francisco the Bears got whipped, and backup QB Jason Campbell said it best when he said it was the Bears worst nightmare.
An amped up 49ers defense did just about everything right, and led by backup QB Colin Kapernick, the Niners took apart the Bears in a 32-7 win.
It was the Bears worst loss of 2012, and the team played like they were ready to get on the plane after falling behind at one point 27-0 about four minutes into the third quarter.
Campbell was harassed all night, as the Niners pass rush punished the Bears offensive line, and on the night the Chicago offense managed just 143 total yards and one meaningless touchdown in the third quarter.
“It’s very hard, definitely not like the way we prepared all week, to come out and give this type of performance,” Campbell said. “Give their defense credit, they do what they do best, they rushed pretty good, they hit pretty good, and they cover pretty good. It definitely wasn’t our best effort by no means.”
Effort was not an issue for the Niners and their rookie QB making his first start. Kaepernick passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns, and other than one sack, seemed to stay upright all night and wrapped up the evening with a rating of 133.1.
The Bears defense, which has been their strength all season, seemed gassed midway through the first quarter, as Kapernick led the Niners on a field goal drive and two touchdown drives.
San Fran put up 222 yards in their first three drives, resulting in 17 points in just 21 plays. The Bears D on the night allowed 355 yards, with the Niners run game going for 123 yards with a 4.2 yards per carry average.
Chicago’s offense went in reverse early, as the team on four of its first six drives had negative yards, and they ended the first half with just 35 net yards.
“We just have to keep finding a way,” Campbell said. “Tonight was probably thee worst nightmare, but we just got to keep finding a way. It’s one game that we lost, we just have to pick up and get ready for next week, our goals are still ahead of us. We have got to start improving and improving quickly.”
They had better improve, and that’s from top to bottom if they think it’s going to turn around anytime soon.
Campbell was ineffective in going 14-for-22 for just 107 yards with a touchdown and a pair of picks with a QB rating of 52.7.
Improvement had better start now, as now the Bears at 7-3 are tied with the Packers for first in the NFC North. Chicago will host the Vikings this Sunday at Solider Field.