SAN FRANCISCO — Well, Jay Cutler’s biggest bugaboo came back to haunt him. The huge knock on the talent quarterback – interceptions, particularly in the red zone.
This pick in the end zone was hugely avoidable. First of all, the Bears were in a two back set, releasing blocking tight ends off the line on third-and-goal from the one, but with no outside targets. So all three potential intended receivers were flooding the same area of the end zone, and the 49ers were well prepared.
That side of the end zone was overflowing with defenders, and any one of three 49ers could have stepped in front of the errant attempt into the end zone. Nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin, a breakout player in this league, made the pick look as easy as it was (he’s very athletic for a big man). it was doubly troubling for the Bears because it came on the final play of an 18-play drive in the end zone. That will crush your soul a little bit.
A great chance to seize some control of the game was wasted.
Cutler entered the game ranked 39th in the NFL in red-zone passing, completing just 51 percent of his passes for a poor 69.0 rating. He has thrown four red-zone picks this season; no one else in the league has tossed more than two (Matt Ryan and Marc Bulger are the only passers with two red-zone INTs).