49ers vs Bears: 6 takeaways after San Francisco wins in Chicago

    Week 8 was a turning point for the 49ers. They left little room for error after their Week 7 loss at the hands of the Colts, but bounced back in a big way with a 33-22 win at Chicago.

    It hasn’t been a great year for San Francisco, but a handful of takeaways from Sunday’s win provide reason for optimism going forward despite a 3-4 start.

    Reading: 6 takeaways from 49ers victory over bears

    jimmy garoppolo shines

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    There aren’t many games in the record of garoppolo games better than the one he had on Sunday in chicago. he completed 17 of his 28 throws for 322 yards. he didn’t commit turnovers and rushed for a couple of touchdowns. he also got better as the game progressed. It was a stark reminder of why the 49ers believed coming into this season they could win with Garoppolo under center. It remains to be seen if he extended the strap he had as a starter, but when Garoppolo plays like he did on Sunday, it’s hard to slow down San Francisco’s offense.

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    It’s no coincidence that the 49ers’ defense improved as their offense improved. when san francisco’s offense picks up pace and forces the opposing offense to make plays, his defense benefits and gets to put its ears back and play the kind of attacking defense that defensive coordinator demeco ryans wants to play. Playing from the front is much easier than playing from the back, and San Francisco’s offense on Sunday helped put their defense in a better position down the stretch.

    brandon aiyuk gets involved

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    Aiyuk’s involvement is a big problem for the 49ers offense. he only had four catches for 45 yards, but he caught a two-point conversion and was targeted seven times. he now he has to continue to build on this type of show. in a vacuum, Sunday’s game was fine, but nothing to write home about. larger image this is a good sign for the 49ers. their offense will only peak if aiyuk gets more involved and Sunday was a good starting point.

    pass interference disappear

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    The 49ers secondary worked to not commit pass interference penalties during practice leading up to Week 8. It paid dividends on Sunday. They committed a penalty: a check on Josh Norman. however, Norman came up with an interception to seal the game. It was on a deep shot that was deflected by safety Tavon Wilson. there was no flag on the play. that’s a big deal for a 49ers defense that was tagged for 14 pees in week 8. if they clean that up, they’ll save a lot of yards.

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    The good news is that the 49ers defensive line had 4.0 sacks. The bad news is that Bears QB Justin Fields had a monster day on the ground. he rushed 10 times for 103 yards and had an incredible 22-yard touchdown run on a fourth down late in the game. there were too many times the 49ers’ defensive ends got sucked into zone reads and lost control on the fields with no one waiting for them on the second level. sometimes an elite athlete at quarterback is just going to make plays, but the 49ers made it too easy for them.

    third chance problems are not good, but they are better

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    converting on third down has been a problem for san francisco this season. they were just 31.4 percent for the season entering Sunday after going 1-for-11 against the Colts. they improved in chicago to 4 out of 10, which is respectable, but not great. they were two of six in the first half and two of four in the second half. in the last two quarters they recorded 13 first downs and only made it to the third down four times. avoiding third attempts is certainly one way to fix your conversion problems, but ultimately, they need to be consistently above 40 percent if they’re going to be a real factor.

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