49ers beat Bears 10-6, end 4-game skid
Mike Singletary didn’t exactly hand it to his old team. That didn’t matter –
Cutler showed up for his postgame news conference still dressed in his uniform, minus his pads and jersey and quickly apologized.
“It was tough. I have to apologize to the defense,” Cutler said. “I think the offense as a whole has to apologize. They played a great game and kept us in there even through all the turnovers.”
After Singletary elected to punt against his former team on fourth-and-6 from the Chicago 34 with 2:53 left, Cutler drove the
The game was far from a pretty display by two struggling teams still hoping to make the playoffs.
Four days after the
Cutler took chances away all game from Chicago (4-5), which had 10 penalties and lost its second straight and fourth in five.
“It’s nice to be on the other sideline of that, that’s for sure,” Smith said.
The five interceptions by Cutler are tied for the most by a
Cutler threw four or more interceptions for the second time this season and has an NFL-worst 17 in all. He became the first
“I’ve played Thursday games before and been successful,” Cutler said. “It didn’t affect us. We saw everything coming. They didn’t have any surprises for us. We just didn’t execute.”
It marked the first time Singletary faced his former team as a head coach. The Hall of Fame linebacker spent all 12 of his NFL seasons with the
Singletary wanted little to do with the hype of him facing the
“They’re just another team on the schedule,” Singletary said afterward.
San Francisco won its seventh straight home game against the
Gore ran for a 14-yard touchdown run one play after Cutler’s second interception late in the second quarter as the
“Everybody has a bad day at work, that’s just it,”
Neither quarterback had impressive numbers. Smith was 16 of 23 for 118 yards and Cutler 29 of 52 for 307. Chicago outgained San Francisco 350-216.
Davis dealt out his own punishment when he bowled over
“It was a big relief,” Davis said. “It’s truly a blessing to be able to get this. We just have to keep winning.”
San Francisco punted with 2:53 left to give the