The 49ers trail the Bears 13-9 at halftime of this Halloween showdown at Soldier Field.
The difference in the game so far is Justin Fields’ second-quarter touchdown pass to tight end Jesse James, which gave the Bears a 10-3 lead. Other than that, it’s been all field goals for this early kickoff.
Here’s a quick look at how Jimmy Garoppolo has fared, compared to a player the Niners didn’t draft to replace him (but could have).
Garoppolo: 10-of-19, 163 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Fields: 11-of-13, 82 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT (plus 5 rushes for 48 yards)
Garoppolo’s late strike to Deebo Samuel to set up Joey Slye’s third field goal of the half padded his yard total. Had he completed his final pass of the half to Samuel, we’d likely have a tie game, but instead the ball sailed passed the receiver’s outstretched fingers at the goal line and Slye narrowed the Chicago lead to 4.
Garoppolo has found formerly MIA receiver Brandon Aiyuk three times for 44 yards.
On the ground, both teams are leaning on rookie running backs they found in the sixth round of the spring’s draft.
Niners rookie Elijah Mitchell has 38 yards on six carries while his Bears counterpart Khalil Herbert has rushed 13 times for 66 yards.