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49ers-Bears final score: Colin Kaepernick mistakes, too many penalties cost San Francisco

The San Francisco 49ers blew a big opportunity on Sunday as they lost a 28-20 decision to the Chicago Bears. The loss drops the 49ers to 1-1. We take a look at the wasted opportunities.

Ezra Shaw

The San Francisco 49ers put a full meltdown on display as they blew a 17-0 lead and lost by a final score of 28-20. The 49ers jumped out early, but as has become an all too frequent occurrence they let the foot off the gas, and mistakes cost them. Colin Kaepernick had one of the worst games of his career, equaling his career-high with 3 interceptions.

The 49ers meltdown seem to work in conjunction with a crazy amount of penalties. There were a mix of good, bad and ticky-tack calls, but the 49ers just did not adjust, and it cost them big.

The big story for the Bears was the dominant performance by Brandon Marshall. The wide receiver was listed as questionable heading into the game, but he dominated in the red zone. Jay Cutler found Marshall three times inside the red zone, as the 49ers could not find an answer for the big receiver. Jimmie Ward in particular struggled against Marshall.

We can complain all we want about the penalties, but the 49ers still looked awful in the second half. They had their opportunities to do somethings, and Kap made too many bad decisions. They had one last chance late as they finally got a drive going, but it came up short.

And now the 49ers are 1-1, and need to figure out what the hell they're doing before they head down to Arizona next week. This was a horrible performance by a team that is better than the Chicago Bears. The way this went down was embarrassing. What a way to open Levi's Stadium.