49ers rally over Bears in Garoppolo's first start

Lynette Rowe
December 4, 2017

He nailed all five of his field goal attempts, including the game-winning kick in his return for Chicago.

Saying the Bears hit rock bottom by losing to the 49ers actually does a disservice to rocks. "We look at these next five weeks as an opportunity to respond to adversity and an opportunity to finish our season strong and finish the season the right way".

Yet anyone on the Bears roster on Sunday took a back seat to Gould, as he was as good as his name once again in Chicago.

Gould is now 36-of-38 on field goals since leaving the Bears and he specifically mentioned that "it's pretty special to be playing for a guy like Coach (Richard) Hightower", who was the Bears' assistant special teams coordinator in 2016 and is now the 49ers special teams coordinator.

Just over a month after arriving as the franchise quarterback of the future in San Francisco, Jimmy Garoppolo is set for his first start with the 49ers.

The Jimmy Garoppolo era began for the 49ers on Sunday with the kind of optimism not typically associated with a team that entered December with one victory. "I can't even tell you what it was or what it is". They get the 3-8 Bears, fresh off of three straight losses and the 1-10 49ers, fresh off of moving onto quarterback number three this season. He then spun to his left and broke free for a 61-yard touchdown and a 14-6 Bears lead. "It was one of the more fun games I've been a part of".

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Mitchell Trubisky played much better than he did in Week 12's loss to the Eagles, but the 49ers were so dominant with time of possession that he only attempted 15 passes. Fox essentially handed the 49ers the win.

But the close score indicates things didn't entirely go the 49ers' way.

Gould showed a lot of emotion after booting the game-winner to cap an impressive 14-play, 86-yard drive, as he appeared to yell toward the Bears' sideline.

From Connor Barth to Roberto Aguayo to Cairo Santos, the Bears' kicker situation has been a disaster since Gould was let go.

Gould, who was cut by the Chicago Bears past year, literally beat his old team all by himself. Really, when it comes to Fox and his Bears, what is left for general manager Ryan Pace, chairman George McCaskey and president Ted Phillips to closely consider and evaluate?

"I didn't see that", Fox said. "We were in NY past year, he didn't speak to me, I didn't see him today". "But to come in here and get a win like that and kick a game victor, I don't think I couldn't have written it any better, to be honest with you". "You'd love to give him that and give him every single rep".

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