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49ers kick punt at Bears 32 yard line

This game is the mess we deserve.

The snow is coming down pretty strong in Chicago, and that is resulting in exceedingly conservative play-calling between the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears. Colin Kaepernick and Matt Barkley were a combined 0-for-3 passing in the first quarter, and the second quarter opened with the 49ers punting from the Bears 32-yard line.

The 49ers had started a drive at their own 12-yard line, and methodically worked their way downfield on the ground. Kaepernick actually completed a shovel pass to Shaun Draughn, but the play was called back on a holding penalty. The 49ers eventually got to the Bears 32-yard line when the drive stalled. Rather than attempt a 49-yard field goal with ace kicker Phil Dawson, the 49ers played the field position game and punted. Bradley Pinion booted it down to the 5-yard line and the Bears fair caught it.

Considering how this game has gone, it was a smart decision to punt. They eventually forced a Bears punt that was blocked. The 49ers turned that into a field goal to take a 3-0 lead. This game is a complete mess, and we might not see any more points the rest of the day.