SAN FRANCISCO — Jay Cutler’s interceptions are the story here, though the second one had more to do with Devin Hester falling down than anything else. Both of Cutler’s picks killed very promising drives. The return by defensive back Tarell Brown, zig-zagging across the field to the opposite sideline, was the biggest play in the game thus far, setting up Frank Gore’s touchdown run.
The 49ers are jumping routes to Hester, and the few things the Bears have going on offense are passes to Greg Olsen over the middle and Matt Forte in the screen game. The lack of discipline and penalties from the Bears — delay of game on a half-ending field goal?!? Yeah, Robbie Gould made the kick from 50 yards, but come on, that can’t happen.
For San Francisco, limited mistakes is the key. Alex Smith is protecting the football (for the most part, by his standards). Gore is off to a nice start (8 rushes for 49 yards), and I expect a heavier dose in the second half. He averages 9.4 yards per carry at home this season. No fireworks between Vernon Davis and Adewale Ogunleye has been pleasantly surprising as well. Good to see none of that stuff spilled into the game.