Niners crush Bears behind Kaepernick
- Article by: JANIE McCAULEY
- Associated Press
- November 19, 2012 - 9:44 PM
SAN FRANCISCO - Strong-armed fill-in Colin Kaepernick made all the right throws, looking every bit like a capable No. 1 quarterback.
Kaepernick passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start in place of the injured Alex Smith, and the San Francisco 49ers whipped the Chicago Bears 32-7 on Monday night in a highly touted NFC showdown that hardly lived up to the hype.
"It's everything I could've ever wished for," Kaepernick said. "It feels great just to be out there."
Kaepernick threw touchdown passes to Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree, and Kendall Hunter ran for a 14-yard score as San Francisco (7-2-1) scored on each of its first four possessions -- with Aldon Smith wreaking havoc on the other side of the ball with 5 1/2 sacks.
Jason Campbell, the other quarterback in this matchup of backups for division leaders, threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall in the third quarter but was sacked five times.
"It definitely wasn't our best effort, by no means," Campbell said.
He faced fierce pressure all night, on the field for the Bears (7-3) as starter Jay Cutler recovers from a concussion suffered eight days earlier -- just like Smith.
After Kaepernick's stellar night on the big stage, there's certain to be chatter of a quarterback controversy for the NFC West-leading 49ers.
Aldon Smith took over the NFL sacks lead with 15, passing Denver's Von Miller with 13, with the second-best total in 49ers franchise history behind Fred Dean's six-sack day on Nov. 13, 1983, against New Orleans.
"We were playing our defense, stopping the run and then stopping the pass," Aldon Smith said. "I was just playing my game and getting after it."
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