How’s that for a statement?
The Niners defense did a number on Bears backup QB Jason Campbell on Monday night, slamming him and the Bears offense all night in a 32-7 pounding Candlestick Park.
The win was even sweeter with the solid debut of QB Colin Kaepernick, who was very good in throwing for 243 yards and two touchdowns.
He was sacked once, but seemed to stay upright all night and wound up the evening with a rating of 133.1.
“It’s everything I could’ve ever wished for,” Kaepernick said. ”It feels great just to be out there.”
He led the Niners on four straight scoring drives to start the night, hitting Vernon Davis with a 3-yard TD, and then up 20-0 at the half, he threw his second TD in the third quarter, finding Michael Crabtree with a 10-yard TD to make it 27-0.
It wasn’t that easy for the Bears offense, a unit led by backup QB Jason Campbell that managed just 143 yards all night.
“Give their defense credit, they do what they do best, they rushed pretty good, they hit pretty good, and they cover pretty good. It definitely wasn’t our best effort by no means,” Campbell said after the beating.
The former Redskins and Raiders QB was under pressure all night by the Niners defense, and went 14-for-22 for just 107 yards with a touchdown and a pair of picks with a QB rating of 52.7.
Campbell was sacked six times for 49 yards in losses, and it seemed like he was on the ground all night, which was the gameplan of the Niners coming in.
”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.”
Aldon Smith took over the NFL sacks lead with 15, passing Denver’s Von Miller with 13, with the second-best total in franchise history behind Fred Dean’s six-sack day on Nov. 13, 1983, against New Orleans.
The Niners needed to make a statement after the ‘blah’ tie last week vs the Rams, and this time, they left no doubt as to being a serious contender in the NFC.
They are now 7-2-1, up one and a half games on the 6-4 Seahawks in the NFC West. Seattle had a bye on Sunday.
San Fran has another big game this next week, as they will play at New Orleans on Sunday.