It’s way too early to panic, but it was really ugly

QB Trey Lance wasn’t helped by the sloppy conditions, but he didn’t help himself either. He passed a pitch to tight end Tyler Kroft that would have been a 32-yard TD pass, threw past Jauan Jennings on third down, and his inaccuracy was most evident on the final play of the first half: he short-cocked a lob pass to Deebo Samuel with most of the Bears backed near the end zone in a preemptive defense. Lance was part of an offense that had two turnovers, scored one touchdown on three trips into the red zone and was scoreless in the final 23 minutes. The last four drives: punt, interception, downs, downs.


SLEEP VIEWERThey allowed 15 first downs and 204 yards, which is excellent, and shot themselves in the foot, unofficially, on… 57 snaps? Five of Chicago’s first tries came from the penalty spot, four during their 19-0 streak. The tone was set for LB Dre Greenlaw’s unforgettable day when he felt a forcing tackle attempt on a 16-yard pass to RB David Montgomery on the 3rd and 6th in the first quarter. What followed: Two 15-yard penalties and a TD allowed in coverage. QB Justin Fields attempted just 17 passes, but he was kept relatively clean despite protecting two young tackles who were fifth-round picks. The 49ers had two sacks and only one other QB hit.

Special teams

Polite applauseThe Bears had no punt returns thanks to the work of Mitch Wishnowsky, who had a 40.3 net average on four punts and forced Chicago to start practices on his own lines of 6, 8 and 16 yards. Tarvarius Moore landed a perfectly timed shot on returner Dante Pettis on the drive that started at the Bears’ 6. Ray-Ray McCloud, signed to host the return game, had a 16-yard punt. Robbie Gould made his extra run attempt and a 25-yard field goal. Routine stuff, but noticeable given the surface.


SLEEP VIEWERThe transitioning Bears, with their rookie head coach and 11 rookies, seemed like the sloppiest team. Instead, it was the veteran-laden 49ers who seemed thrown together: 12 penalties, 99 yards. Kyle Shanahan said field conditions factored in that Lance had 13 carries, but it wasn’t sustainable to use him that much as a runner. DeMeco Ryans defensive coordinator often lined up safety Talanoa Hufanga smartly at linebacker and sent him on effective running blitzes.


SLEEP VIEWEROK, it’s a game. But was it a little worrying? The Bears are so untalented that they recently signed an NFL record seven players, but the 49ers charity helped them look like The Monsters of the Midway during the endgame party. Now is not the time to panic. But a home loss to the Seahawks in Week 2? Then you can feel free to panic.

—Eric Branch