In the fourth quarter of the San Francisco 49ers’ matchup with the Chicago Bears, QB Colin Kaepernick, who finished the game 1/5 with 4 yards (yes you read that correctly), was benched for backup QB Blaine Gabbert. In an ugly, ugly game, the 49ers fell to the lowly Bears by a final score of 26-6.
At the end of the first quarter, neither QB Matt Barkley or Kaepernick had any completions. Presumably because of the snow, both teams focused heavily on the run game. After both teams traded punts, for quite a while, the 49ers finally blocked one, but stepped out of bounds at the 4-yard line returning it.
Thinking it was a touchdown, CB Rashard Robinson was flagged for excessive celebration. Instead of having the ball at the 4-yard line, the 49ers started at the 19 yard line, failed to score a touchdown, and settled for a Phil Dawson field goal.
On Chicago’s ensuing drive in the second quarter, CB Jimmy Ward forced a fumble and recovered the ball. The 49ers went 27 yards, failing to reach the end zone and again settling for the field goal and a 6-0 lead.
Chicago’s final drive of the half featured over 60 passing yards for Barkley, who had no completions. A 2-yard rush for RB Jordan Howard, who finished with 31 carries for 117 yards and 3 touchdowns, put the Bears ahead, and they never looked back. Barkley finished 11/18 with 192 yards.
Howard got into the end zone three times, and the 49ers’ offense was completely non-existent in the second half. It was disgustingly bad, as Gabbert had to come in. Gabbert finished 4/10 with 35 yards, which was somehow better than Kaepernick.
Gabbert went 4/10 with 35 yards. No way Kaepernick was worse, right? 1/5 with 4 yards. Wow.
— Tej Kamaraju (@TejKSports) December 4, 2016
The last three weeks were different. Kaepernick had been playing well and the 49ers were losing by one score. But today, reality set in, as Kaepernick once again looked like a shell of his former self.
At this point, each new loss leads the 49ers to a higher draft pick, with which they can finally start to rebuild. Somehow, it feels as if Trent Balkee is still going to pick a player with a torn ACL.