Coming off a strong showing on the road against the Dallas Cowboys, the San Francisco 49ers are hoping to improve to 2-0 when they take on the Chicago Bears in the regular season debut of Levi’s Stadium (Sunday, 5:30 PST, NBC).
The two combatants had near polar opposite outings in Week 1. The Niners were firing on all cylinders, while the Bears sputtered in a surprising loss to the Buffalo Bills. Chicago will be looking to play spoiler Sunday night, but the Red and Gold have had recent success against the Bears, winning the last two matchups.
San Francisco holds the edge in overall record between the two at 32-29-1, and most will remember the last time these two met as Colin Kaepernick’s coming out party. He was sensational in his debut, winning the starting quarterback job along with the game, 32-7. Kap is coming off an excellent performance against the Cowboys, where he was 16-23 for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns. While Chicago poses a stiffer defensive threat than Dallas, the Niners are hopeful Colin can duplicate his debut performance.
The Niners defense comes into the game confident after forcing four turnovers in Week 1. The challenge will be limiting Matt Forte. DeMarco Murray was able to rush for 118 yards against San Francisco’s D, a number they aren’t accustomed to surrendering, and the first time an opposing rusher has crossed the century mark in seventeen outings.
Colin Kaepernick stays hot with another two touchdown performance. The defense forces Jay Cutler to throw two interceptions, and Levi’s Stadium opens with a bang. 49ers win, 34-20.
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