San Francisco 49ers: Grades From the win against Chicago

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went into Sunday's matchup against the Chicago Bears getting ready to start his first game with the San Francisco 49ers.

Robbie Gould celebrates his game-winning field goal at Soldier Field. And what does it say that Bellamy did as much during in an interview that included veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara and rookie back Tarik Cohen looming over Bellamy from atop locker-room seats and listening in?

Instead, Fox insulted our intelligence by insisting that he "felt good" about his team's chances of blocking Gould's 24-yard field goal that would win the game. He did take a bad sack in the first half, when he failed to elude Lamarr Houston for an 11-yard loss. "Really, if it wasn't for them, I probably wouldn't be having the run with a lot of coaches and players that I've had the past 2 years". He was beat by the kicker he cut, with the help of the quarterback (Jimmy Garoppolo) he potentially could have acquired, who happened to play at his own alma mater (Eastern Illinois). The former Bears kicker, who was cut just prior to the 2016 season opener after 11 seasons in Chicago, connected for the game victor from 24 yards out.

Meanwhile the sputtering Bears drop to 3-9 on the season after losing their fifth-straight game, which makes the last four games of the season likely an unceremonious farewell tour for head coach John Fox. He then spun to his left and broke free for a 61-yard touchdown and a 14-6 Bears lead.

Fox's great week of preparation and his team's good mindset resulted in 147 yards of offense against a 49ers defense that was allowing more than 374 yard per game coming into Sunday. "When someone does do a ton of coverages and fronts, you can't give him every single rep against every single look".

But the close score indicates things didn't entirely go the 49ers' way. He engineered a 14-play, 86-yard scoring drive in the final six minutes to set up Gould's final field goal. The Bears should have started the drive in the red zone already leading 14-12, but Ben Braunecker was flagged for an illegal block far behind the return. In general, the Bears never seemed to bother him.

"To come in here, get a win like that, and to get a game-winner, I don't think I could have written it any better to be honest with you", he said. When we were in NY previous year he didn't speak to me and I didn't see him today. Garoppolo took advantage of a Bears defense shredded by injuries and forced to play an off-the-street safety amid a bend-but-not-break shell, taking what was given until it was time for Gould to swing his leg again. If that isn't justice, I don't know what is.

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