Here are the key facts you need to know when the 49ers (1-10) visit the Chicago Bears (3-8) on Sunday:
SITE: Soldier Field
KICKOFF: 10 am PT (noon CT)
TV: Fox Ch. 2 (Andrew Catalon, James Lofton)
RADIO: 680 AM and 107.7 FM (Ted Robinson, Tim Ryan)
1. Garoppolo Time: While Jimmy Garoppolo makes his debut in the 49ers and does so 30 miles from his hometown (Arlington Heights, Illinois), the simplified game plan of coach Kyle Shanahan must place the supporting cast in a position successful for, well, support your QB. It should help if right tackle Trent Brown plays for a shoulder injury. But running back Carlos Hyde needs a dominant day, and Garoppolo's goals can not fall as they have throughout the season with former quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard. Note: Beathard is healthy enough to be quarterback n. 2.
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The Bears and former Patirots cornerback Von LeBlanc gave this exploration report on Garoppolo to the Chicago Sun-Times: "Good quarterback, smart quarterback, Real accurate with his pitches. arm strength [like] Tom, so he tries to get closer shots, digs, shorter routes, he's a good accurate quarterback, he's not that mobile, and he checks all his checks. "
2. Rattle Trubisky: While Garoppolo has more than three NFL learning seasons under his belt, Bears Mitchell Trubisky's counterpart is 2-5 as a rookie starter with as many interceptions as touchdowns (4) along with 19 captures. He is completing only 52.8 percent of his pbades. Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon sprained his ankle before Thursday's practice, and Antone Exum might have to start over with the free safety of Adrian Colbert, so the secondary will be attacked.
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3. Dueling Challenges: The 92-run Carlos Hyde runner helped the 49ers win in 2015 at Soldier Field, and missed the 26-6 loss of last season by the Bears. Basically, Hyde needs to beat his counterpart, Jordan Howard, who ranks fourth in the NFL with 847 yards rushing. Of Howard's five scoring runs, three came in Bears wins, and he has only one in the last seven games.
49ers – Questionable: CB Ahkello Witherspon (ankle), FS Adrian Colbert (thumb), RT Trent Brown (shoulder).
Bears – Outside: LB Isaiah Irving (knee); Doubtful: S Adrian Amos (hamstring); Questionable: S Deon Bush (ankle), CB Bryce Callahan (knee), S DeAndre Houston-Carson (ankle), CB Cre & # 39; von LeBlanc (disease), G Josh Sitton (concussion).
REFEREE: Ed Hochuli
SERIES: 49ers lead 33-31-1 (including 3-0 in the playoffs)
LAST PLAY: Bears 26-6, Soldier Field December 4, 2016