It's pretty simple Jay Cutler was horrible, throwing five interceptions, the last coming in the end zone on a play that hard as it is to believe could have won it for Chicago. You have to go back to 1960, when Zeke Bratkowski threw seven picks in a loss to the Colts, to find a game in which a Bears QB threw more interceptions than Cutler's 5-pack. Cutler became the first Bears quarterback since Billy Wade in 1962 to have two four-interception games in a season.
Patrick Willis was huge for S.F.
The 49ers linebacker was a beast, making 11 tackles (including this one of Chicago running back Matt Forte in the third quarter), eight of them unassisted.
The Bears just can't win in San Francisco
Here's an amazing stat: Know when the last time was that the Bears won at San Francisco? 1985 when current 49ers coach Mike Singletary was playing for the Super Bowl-bound Bears! Since then San Francisco has won seven straight home games against the Bears, including one in the playoffs.
Frank Gore gave S.F. a running game
Twenty-five carries for 104 yards. Not exactly Hall of Fame material, but Gore's ability to gain yards on the ground meant Alex Smith didn't have to gain them through the air. It also allowed the 49ers to maintain about a three-minute edge in time of possession. In a game as close as this, every little bit helps.
Alex Smith wasn't pretty, but ...
Smith passed for an unimpressive 118 yards, but the 49ers QB threw only one interception. He also improvised when necessary, like this shovel pass to running back Michael Robinson in the second half. And having laid plenty of eggs himself, he sympathized with Cutler. "It's nice to be on the other sideline of that, that's for sure," Smith said.