No silver lining for Bears

49ers beat them in all aspects, including thought process

The 49ers defeated the Bears every way a team can be beaten Monday night — power, speed and thought.

Almost no one on the team did his job well enough for the Bears to win.

Three aspects of the 49ers' victory stood out upon closer inspection.

•The Bears could not block outside linebacker Aldon Smith with one man, and they never stopped trying. Instead of treating him the way they treated DeMarcus Ware, they treated him the way they treated Clay Matthews. And the results were similar.

Both J'Marcus Webb and Gabe Carimi were overmatched completely against Smith as he showed in beating them repeatedly.

•The Bears thought they could cover tight end Vernon Davis with Major Wright or Lance Briggs. They were wrong.

They needed to use Chris Conte or Charles Tillman on Davis if they were going to play a heavy dose of man-to-man, which they did.

By the time the Bears figured this out, Davis had caught four passes for 69 yards and a touchdown, and the Bears were down 17-0.

•Mostly because of taking poor angles and not knowing where the play was headed, the Bears defenders allowed way too many yards after first contact.

The 49ers gained 120 yards after contact (not including plays in which the player who made first contact took the ball carrier down), which was 34 percent of their yardage total.

Here is what else we learned upon further review.

Grading key: Grades are between 0 and 10 with 0 being complete failure and 10 being perfect.

Safeties

Grade: 1

It was as if Wright saved all his poor play for one game. He had been so good in so many different aspects before Monday, but it all came unraveled against the Niners.

He struggled mightily to match up with Davis, tackled poorly in the open field and was called for a holding penalty.

Chris Conte hit Mario Manningham when Manningham clearly was out of bounds on the first play of the game and picked up an unnecessary roughness penalty that kick-started the 49ers.

Cornerbacks

Grade: 2

The Bears have become dependent on their corners to make big plays. Not only did they not make big plays Monday, but they gave up some.

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