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.