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8 Takeaways: 49ers 15 - Bears 14 in Week 13

Posted Dec 3, 2017

Jimmy Garoppolo and Robbie Gould powered the 49ers to their second win of the season against the Chicago Bears in Week 13.



CHICAGO -- The San Francisco 49ers have win No. 2. They beat the Chicago Bears, 15-14, at Soldier Field in Week 13 behind five Robbie Gould field goals.

It was a poetic finish as Gould kicked the game-winner with under a minute remaining in the fourth quarter against his former team. The Bears cut Gould in 2016, and now the kicker has his revenge.

Here are Sunday's top takeaways, headlined by Gould and Jimmy Garoppolo.

1. It was hard not to love what you saw from Garoppolo in his first start for the 49ers. San Francisco moved the ball throughout the game, out-gaining the Bears 388-147. Garoppolo finished the game 26-of-37 passing for 293 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Those numbers aren't gaudy, but Garoppolo delivered time and time again, especially on third down. Trent Taylor caught six passes for 92 yards, and Marquise Goodwin hauled in eight passes for 99 yards. Garoppolo was 14-of-14 for 193 yards when targeting those two.

On the 49ers final possession of the game, trailing 14-12, the offense started at its own 7-yard line with 5:27 left in the game. A 33-yard pass to Taylor moved San Francisco into field-goal range. A few first downs allowed the 49ers to bleed the clock as Gould's kick sailed through with just 0:04 left in the game.

2. The biggest downfall for the 49ers offense was its lack of production in the red zone. San Francisco went 0-of-5 inside the 20-yard line, due in large part to a few costly penalties.

3. Other notable team stats: The 49ers had 23 first downs, went 10-of-18 on third down and held the ball for 38:47.

4. San Francisco's defense was impressive as well. Mitchell Trubisky threw for just 102 yards and Jordan Howard ran for only 38 yards. The 49ers consistently got off the field and limited Chicago to just 36 offensive plays. The 49ers didn't force a turnover, but they did sack Trubisky twice. Elvis Dumervil got one and now has a team-high 5.5 sacks this season. Cassius Marsh got his first sack since joining the 49ers as well. The 49ers allowed just seven points as the Bears second touchdown came on special teams. San Francisco was able to shut out Chicago in the second half.

5. According to Kyle Shanahan, Taylor had the flu and was throwing up all morning. That makes it even more impressive that he went out and had the best game of his rookie season.

6. Gould was perfect against his former team, making all four of his field goal attempts from 33, 28, 35, 34 and 24 yards. He is now 26-of-28 on the season.

7. The 49ers avoided the injury bug against the Bears. Dontae Johnson and K'Waun Williams left briefly, but they each returned.

8. San Francisco didn't get much of a running game going. Carlos Hyde ran the ball 17 times for 54 yards. Matt Breida chipped in with 45 yards on 12 carries.