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             === Kaepernick comes through as Niners crush Bears ===
 
 San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Colin Kaepernick threw for two touchdowns
 in  his  first career  start and  a smothering San  Francisco defense gave the
 49ers an emphatic 32-7 win over the Chicago Bears on Monday night.
 
 Playing  in place of an injured Alex Smith, who is suffering from a concussion
 he  sustained  in last week's tie  against the Rams, Kaepernick went 16-for-23
 for  243 yards  and  led the  49ers  (7-2-1)  to scores  on  their first  four
 possessions.
 
 Smith  passed the NFL's  ImPACT testing protocol and was able to practice in a
 limited  fashion  by Thursday. He  reportedly planned on playing Monday night,
 but  was ruled  out earlier in the  day after being evaluated by 49ers medical
 director Dr. Dan Garza.
 
 The  San  Francisco defense, meanwhile,  held the Bears  to just 151 yards and
 pummeled  Jason Campbell all game. Second-year linebacker Aldon Smith posted 5
 1/2  sacks, and the team finished with six  along with two interceptions and a
 safety in the win.
 
 San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh was on the sidelines after being sent to
 the hospital last Thursday with an irregular heartbeat. He had a cardioversion
 procedure  done  on his  heart, which  is an electric  shock that restores the
 heart's normal rhythm, and was back on the practice field on Friday.
 
 "I  thought he did  a great job and showed a lot of poise in the pocket," said
 Harbaugh  about Kaepernick.  "He  found his  receivers  and acquitted  himself
 fantastically  out there.  There was  a lot  of good  things about  this game,
 especially the defense which had a great night."
 
 Campbell  made his  first start  of the  season in  place of  Jay Cutler,  who
 suffered  a  concussion due to  a helmet-to-helmet hit from Houston linebacker
 Tim  Dobbins in  last week's loss to the Texans. Campbell, though, didn't fare
 nearly  as well  as his counterpart, as  he went just 14-for-22 with 107 yards
 and  a  touchdown along  with the two  picks for the  Bears (7-3), who dropped
 their second straight to fall into a tie with Green Bay for first place in the
 NFC North.
 
 "It definitely wasn't the way we prepared all week," said Campbell. "You never
 want  to  come out and  have this kind of  performance, but give their defense
 credit  because  they came out  hard and kept it  up. Tonight was probably the
 worst nightmare."
 
 The  Niners started  the game with the  ball and Kaepernick went right to work
 with an 8-yard pass to Mario Manningham that saw the team get another 15 yards
 on  an unnecessary roughness call on Chris Conte for a late hit on Manningham.
 The  drive stalled in  the red zone, but a 32-yard field goal from David Akers
 gave the team a 3-0 lead.
 
 Chicago  went three-and-out  and San  Fran struck  quick. On  the third  play,
 Kaepernick  went deep  down the right sideline and hit Kyle Williams in-stride
 for  a 57-yard pickup.  On the next snap, Kaepernick found Vernon Davis in the
 end  zone  on a 3-yard  score and a  10-0 lead with 6:14  to play in the first
 quarter.
 
 The Bears got a couple of first downs on their next touch, but had to punt and
 the  49ers  got the ball  back at  their own 4-yard  line. Frank Gore took the
 first snap 13 yards and Randy Moss followed with a 12-yard catch. Davis made a
 32-yard  grab  on the first  play of  the second quarter  to get the ball past
 midfield.  Four  plays later, Kendall Hunter  took a handoff up the middle and
 into the end zone on a 14-yard score for a 17-0 advantage.
 
 Tarell  Brown jumped the  route on a Campbell pass for the pickoff and took it
 to the Chicago 44. That led to a 37-yard field goal from Akers and a 20-0 lead
 with 6:32 to play in the half.
 
 San  Francisco kept its  foot on the pedal coming out of the break as the team
 held Chicago to a three-and-out and went back to work.
 
 Starting at their own 38, Gore ran for 11 yards and Manningham followed with a
 37-yard  catch down  to  the 14.  Two plays  later,  Kaepernick found  Michael
 Crabtree  in  the left corner of  the end zone for  a 10-yard score and a 27-0
 lead.
 
 Chicago  finally put  together  a  successful drive  as  the  team got  across
 midfield for the first time and made it into the end zone. On the 13th play of
 the  74-yard  march, Campbell lofted  the ball to the  right corner of the end
 zone  and  Brandon Marshall came down  with it for  a 13-yard catch and a 27-7
 game with 3:43 to play.
 
 San  Fran  then went three-and-out  and Chicago got  the ball back, but Dashon
 Goldson  picked off Campbell  and Akers hit a 32-yard field goal with 11:46 to
 play.
 
 The 49ers added a safety two minutes later as Campbell fumbled the ball in the
 end  zone as he  was tackled. The ball was recovered by guard Chilo Rachal and
 he  tried  to pass it out,  but he was tackled  in the end zone. Initially the
 play  was ruled  as an intentional grounding,  but a replay showed that he was
 tackled and the safety was awarded.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Gore finished the game with 17 carries for 78 yards ... Matt Forte led Chicago
 runners  with  21 carries  for 63 yards  ... Davis led  all receivers with six
 catches  for 83 yards ... Chicago hosts Minnesota on Sunday ... The 49ers play
 in New Orleans on Sunday ... The Bears had won three of four against the 49ers
 coming into the game ... San Fran totaled 355 yards.
 
 
 11/20 00:26:43 ET

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