Gould's FG Help 49ers Beat Bears


Published on December 4 2017 6:20 am
Last Updated on December 4 2017 6:20 am


Robbie Gould kicked a 24-yard field goal in the closing seconds, Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 293 yards in his first San Francisco start, and the 49ers beat the Chicago Bears 15-14 on Sunday.

Gould made five field goals in his first appearance at Soldier Field since Chicago cut him prior to the 2016 opener. The Bears' all-time leader in points and field goals made, he shouted at their sideline after he nailed the winner.

Garoppolo was solid in his first start since the 49ers (2-10) acquired him from New England before the trade deadline in October. The suburban Chicago product completed 26 of 37 passes with an interception. And the 49ers picked up the win after losing their first five road games.

Chicago (3-9) dropped its fifth straight, and coach John Fox fell to 12-32 in three seasons with the Bears.

Mitchell Trubisky was 12 of 15 for 102 yards and a touchdown.

Tarik Cohen returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown. That made him the first NFL rookie with rushing, receiving, passing and punt return TDs in a season since Gale Sayers in 1965

The 49ers were trailing 14-12 when Garoppolo connected with Trent Taylor on third down for a 33-yard pass to the Chicago 18 with two minutes left. Kyle Juszczyk kept the drive going with a 3-yard run on third-and-2 at the 10.

Garoppolo threw for 172 yards in the first half. But the 49ers committed six penalties and headed to the locker room trailing 14-9.

The Bears grabbed a 7-3 lead in the closing seconds of the first quarter when Trubisky hit Dontrelle Inman in the back of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown. Kyle Fuller set that up when he ripped the ball out of Louis Murphy's hands for an interception at the Chicago 41.

Cohen made it 14-6 in the second quarter with his big punt return, racing to the end zone after he initially ran about 15 yards in the wrong direction.


49ers: Starting RT Trent Brown (shoulder) was active after being listed as questionable. S Adrian Colbert also was available after missing last week's 24-13 loss to Seattle following thumb surgery.

Bears: LB Pernell McPhee suffered a shoulder injury on the game's opening drive. ... DE Mitch Unrein (knee) was hurt in the second quarter. ... RG Kyle Long (shoulder) sat out the second half. ... LG Josh Sitton was active after being listed as questionable because of a concussion. ... S Adrian Amos (hamstring) and his backup Deon Bush (ankle) were inactive.

Jaguars 30, Colts 10

Blake Bortles threw two touchdown passes, Leonard Fournette scored for the first time in six weeks and the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Indianapolis Colts 30-10 Sunday, sweeping the series for the second time since they joined the AFC South in 2002.

The Jaguars (8-4) bounced back from a last-second loss at Arizona, reached eight wins for the first time since 2010 and remained in the thick of the playoff picture.

Bortles, Fournette and some more trickery had a lot to do with the latest victory.

Bortles completed 26 of 35 passes for 309 yards, with TD passes to Marqise Lee and Keelan Cole.

Fournette found little room for the third time in the past four games. He finished with 57 yards on 20 carries and limped off the field with an ankle injury late in the third quarter. But Fournette went untouched for a 5-yard score to open the second half. It was his first touchdown since Oct. 15.

Jacksonville's top-ranked defense kept the Colts (3-9) at bay most of the game. The only blemish was a 40-yard touchdown pass from Jacoby Brissett to T.Y. Hilton on a fourth-and-2 play in the third quarter.

The Jaguars got the lopsided result started with a fake punt.

Facing fourth-and-7 from near midfield, punter Brad Nortman found tight end James O'Shaughnessy wide open over the middle for a 29-yard gain.

Bortles hit Lee five plays later for Jacksonville's seventh opening-possession score of the season. It was Jacksonville's third fake punt of the season -- all successful and all leading to touchdowns.

The Colts trailed 10-0 and 24-3 before Hilton got loose. They lost their third straight and sixth in seven games, and were eliminated in the division race.


Frank Gore is in the top five on the NFL's career rushing list.

The 34-year-old Gore ran 13 times for 61 yards, passing Jerome Bettis (13,662) for sixth in the second quarter and topping LaDainian Tomlinson (13,684) for fifth in the third.

Gore has 13,697 yards in 13 NFL seasons, the first 10 with San Francisco and the past three with the Colts.

Curtis Martin holds the fourth spot with 14,101 yards.

Sunday, December 3 Scoreboard

Minnesota 14, Atlanta 9

New England 23, Buffalo 3

San Francisco 15, Chicago 14

Green Bay 26, Tampa Bay 20 (OT)

Tennessee 24, Houston 13

Miami 35, Denver 9

New York Jets 38, Kansas City 31

Jacksonville 30, Indianapolis 10

Baltimore 44, Detroit 20

Los Angeles Chargers 19, Cleveland 10

Oakland 24, New York Giants 14

New Orleans 31, Carolina 21

Los  Angeles Rams 32, Arizona 16

Seattle 24, Philadelphia 10

Monday, December 4 Schedule (Time Central)

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 7 Schedule (Time Central)

New Orleans at Atlanta, 7:25 p.m.

Sunday, December 10 Schedule (All Times Central)

Indianapolis at Buffalo, noon

Chicago at  Cincinnati, noon

Green Bay at Cleveland, noon

Oakland at Kansas City, noon

Dallas at New York Giants, noon

Detroit at Tampa Bay, noon

Minnesota at Carolina, noon

San Francisco at Houston, noon

New York Jets at Denver, 3:05 p.m.

Tennessee at Arizona, 3:05 p.m.

Washington at Los Angeles Chargers, 3:05 p.m.

Philadelphia at Los Angeles Rams, 3:25 p.m.

Seattle at Jacksonville, 3:25 p.m.

Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.