The San Francisco 49ers host their final game at Levi’s® Stadium of the 2018 season as they take on the Chicago Bears in Week 16. Sunday marks the 49ers third consecutive home matchup, with the previous two contests resulting in wins against the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. Under head coach Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers are now 7-1 in the month of December.
Here’s a preview of the 49ers NFC matchup against the 10-4 Bears.
Sunday marks the fifth consecutive season the 49ers have faced the Bears with each team earning two wins apiece over their previous four contests.
Last season, San Francisco defeated Chicago, 15-14, as Robbie Gould tied his career high with five made field goals, including the 24-yard game-winner with four seconds left in his first game back in Chicago.
The 49ers lead the all-time series against the Bears, 34-31-1.
Bears Key Additions
- LB Khalil Mack
- WR Allen Robinson
- WR Taylor Gabriel
- TE Trey Burton
- LB Roquan Smith
Bears Notes from Last Week
Chicago clinched the NFC North title following a 24-17 win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 15, claiming their first playoff berth since 2010.
- Passing Leader: Second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky completed 20-of-28 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns.
- Rushing Leader: Jordan Howard rushed for 60 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries.
- Receiving Leader: Allen Robinson caught three passes for 54 yards.
- Defensive Leader: Khalil Mack totaled six tackles and 2.5 sacks on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
49ers Notes from Last Week
San Francisco snapped a 10-game losing streak against Seattle in the 26-23 overtime victory last Sunday.
- Passing Leader: Nick Mullens completed 20-of-29 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks.
- Rushing Leader: After missing his first game of the season in Week 14, Matt Breida returned to the lineup totaled 50 yards on the ground on 17 carries.
- Receiving Leader: Dante Pettis caught all five of his targets for 83 yards.
- Defensive Leader: San Francisco’s defense was led by DeForest Buckner, who registered a career-high 11 tackles and two sacks on the day.
- Special Teams Leader: Robbie Gould connected on all four field-goal attempts and two extra points, including the game-winning 36-yard field goal in overtime. Richie James Jr. registered a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
- Robbie Gould ranks first in the NFL (minimum 30 FGAs), making 96.7 percent of his field goal attempts this season (29-30).
- San Francisco’s seven wins in the month of December over the past two seasons (2017-18) are tied for the most in the NFL (Los Angeles Chargers).
- DeForest Buckner’s 5.0 sacks over the past four Weeks (12- 15) are tied for the third-most in the NFL over that time span (Denico Autry, Ind. – 6.0; Cameron Jordan, NO – 6.0; Chris Jones, KC – 5.0).
- In Nick Mullens' four career starts at home, he has recorded 1,119 passing yards (279.8 per game) with seven touchdowns and three interceptions for a 105 quarterback rating.
- Matt Breida has at least 95 scrimmage yards in three of his past four games.
- Jeff Wilson Jr. has 276 scrimmage yards (92 per game) in the 49ers past three contests.
- George Kittle ranks second in the league in yards after catch (743) and ranks second among NFL tight ends in receiving yards (1,154) this season.
- Marquise Goodwin had eight catches for 99 yards in the 49ers last meeting against the Bears.
- Dante Pettis has totaled four touchdown catches over his last four contests.
- Trent Taylor had a career high 92 receiving yards in the 49ers last matchup against the Bears.
- DeForest Buckner has totaled 11 sacks this season, his first career season with 10-plus sacks. He has 6.5 sacks in the 49ers past six games.
- Cassius Marsh had a sack and a forced fumble in San Francisco’s last meeting against Chicago.