Neither team grabbing this game

SAN FRANCISCO — I applaud coach Mike Singletary’s attempt to go for it on fourth-and-1 around midfield, as this game longs for someone to take some initiative. The failure to convert presented the Bears with great field position, and they managed an interception-free scoring drive, albeit just with a field goal.

Chicago’s screen game remains its best (only?) offensive weapon. The Bears’ penalties, which negated an interception, have been damning. They’re lacking focus at critical times. The Bears have adjusted to the run game, however, stacking the box with nine or more defenders to contain Frank Gore.

This one could well come down to the final drive. It’s 7-6, as the third quarter winds down.

It’s been a fractured game, overall, all hilted and lurching, with no tempo, lots of penalties and turnovers and and a choppy pace.

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