Sep 14, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Chicago Bears free safety Chris Conte (47) intercepts a pass intended for San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) during the first quarter at Levi
The first half of the 49er game seemed to be a continuation of last week; undisciplined play, foolish penalties and overall poor execution.
The defense played decently but the offense was ineffective and the special teams couldn’t seem to get out of their own way.
But then a funny thing happened; oft maligned QB Jay Cutler took an absolute shot to the chest on a deep pass to WR Alshon Jeffery. For some reason that play started to wake up these hibernating Bears. Later in the game CB Charles “Peanut” Tillman left the game with a game/season/and possibly career ending injury. Each player started playing for their teammates instead of just with their teammates and good things started to happen.
The offense was able to get into the end zone right before halftime, the defense held the 49er offense to 3 points after halftime as well as took the ball away a total of 4 times including 1 incredible diving INT by everybody’s favorite punching bag S Chris Conte and 2 by rookie CB Kyle Fuller that can be seen here and here.
The offense took two of those turn overs and turned them into points. The defense started to trust each other and made plays and the offense started to get their groove back and made plays.