49ers’ studs and duds from comeback win over Bears

A quick look at some studs and duds from the 49ers’ 33-22 win over the Chicago Bears Sunday at Soldier Field:


Deebo Samuel: Started his day with two drops and a 4-yard loss on a quick pass before exploding for six receptions and 171 yards. His 83-yard catch on a routine, pre-punt quick screen on third-and-19 set up the 49ers for the touchdown which brought them within 16-15.

Jimmy Garoppolo: Was hard not to watch Justin Fields’ run-pass potential and wonder what the 49ers were doing keeping Trey Lance on the bench. But Garoppolo delivered in bringing the 49ers back when they appeared dead. Oh yeah, had rushing touchdowns of 4 and 5 yards — which was supposed to be Lance’s job. The first 49ers quarterback to have two rushing touchdowns in a game since Colin Kapernick in 2013. Finished 17 of 28 for 322 yards and no interceptions.

Brandon Aiyuk: Remember him? Just six targets in the first six games? Caught four passes for 45 yards and a two-point conversion and added a 21-yard punt return. He was officially welcomed back into the fold.

Nick Bosa: Sometimes it seems as if he’s all alone out there, destroying double teams and blocking schemes as an edge rusher. He got one sack despite being held by Alex Bars.

Elijah Mitchell: Mitchell’s 5-yard push the pile touchdown to put the 49ers up 23-16 was a thing of beauty. He vanished in a pile, which kept moving until it crossed the goal line en masse. Finished with 137 yards on 18 carries.

Kyle Shanahan: Found his play-design and play-execution mojo at some point during the day. The 49ers gained yards both rushing and passing, finished with 467 yards and 8.6 yards per play.


D-line minus Bosa: Nick Bosa is a force, no doubt about it. But he’s playing way more than he should coming off a torn ACL in part because they need him so much on the field. And when Bosa is drawing extra attention, where are the other 49ers D-linemen such as Aric Armstead, Kentavious Street, etc. Samson Ebukan did come up with a late sack of Fields in the fourth quarter.

DeMeco Ryans: The 49ers defensive coordinator may have said all the right things, but the 49ers looked ill-equipped to deal with Fields as a runner for the better part of three quarters.

Fred Warner: See above. He’s the defensive leader, the middle linebacker and assumes responsibility for his unit’s inability to deal with Fields for so much of the game.

Arden Key: Key’s illegal hands to the face penalty was reminiscent of his Raiders days. It came on third-and-21 inside of three minutes in the first half and led to a 40-yard field goal by Cairo Santos for a 13-6 lead with 1:16 left in the half.

2021 draft picks: Let’s see . . . Lance (first round) didn’t start. Guard Aaron Banks, a second-round pick, was a healthy scratch. Trey Sermon was mostly a spectator. Third-rounder Ambry Thomas was a healthy scratch.

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