Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
On Monday Night Football, the San Francisco 49ers -- led by their 2011 NFL Draft class -- tore the Chicago Bears apart.
The 2011 NFL Draft class of the San Francisco 49ers was present and accounted for on Monday Night Football.
Against the Chicago Bears, a select few -- in what I would like to call Jim Harbaugh's first-born -- absolutely dominated on primetime. The stars and key contributors from Monday night's game shared a common trait: they were second-year players brought in during Harbaugh's first draft as a pro coach.
Kaepernick had a 133.1 QB rating on primetime versus the Bears, throwing nearly 250 yards with a pair of TD's and no turnovers. At his hand, the Niners went on to put up 30-plus points against the Bears defense.
On the defensive side of the ball, Smith racked up a career-high 5.5 sacks in a single game -- simultaneously taking the league-lead and setting a Monday Night Football record. On top of the 5-plus sacks, Smith had a safety to go with. One might say the first-year starter has entered Defensive Player of the Year discussion alongside 2011 draft mates J.J. Watt and Von Miller, who are currently one, two and three in the NFL in sacks.
Continuing on the 2011 NFL Draft class, running back Kendall Hunter heard his name called on Monday night. Between him and running partner, Frank Gore, the two broke 100 yards on the ground against the Bears D. Hunter finished with 5 carries for 27 yards and a touchdown, averaging 5.4 YPA on the ground.
I'd say the only thing missing from Monday night's game was a pick-6 by Chris Culliver.