Week 12 Nuts & Bolts: Bears at 49ers
CHICAGO BEARS at SAN FRANCISCO 49ersWhen: 7:30 p.m. Monday | TV: ESPN
RADIO: 780 AM, WBBM & 105.9 FM; WLEY (107.9 FM)
CHICAGO BEARS (7-2)
Coach: Lovie Smith | Record including playoffs: 81-62
Career record (including playoffs) vs. Jim Harbaugh: 0-0 | Career record vs. 49ers: 3-1
Last week: Lost to Houston Texans 13-6.
Key stat: The Bears have scored 242 points through nine games, while allowing 133, which ranks as the league’s best point differential (109). Chicago’s point differential is the 12th best through nine games in franchise history, and the third best over the last 45 years.
Offense rank: 28th (316.8 ypg) | Defense rank: 5th (307.3 ypg).
Offensive leader: Brandon Marshall leads the Bears with 67 catches for 904 yards and seven touchdowns, which ranks him No. 3 in receiving yardage and second in receptions. A three-time Pro Bowler, Marshall is one of three players -- with Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald and Atlanta’s Roddy White -- to gain more than 1,000 yards in each of the last five seasons.
Defensive leader:Cornerback Tim Jennings has produced three games in which he’s snared multiple interceptions and currently leads the NFL with 8 INTs. Interestingly, 11 of Jennings’ 15 career interceptions have come over the last three years with the Bears after he spent the first four years of his career with the Indianapolis Colts. Two of Jennings’ pass breakups have also led to INTs.
" The Bears have intercepted a pass in every game this season and have scored on an INT return in four of the last six contests, and lead the NFL with 30 takeaways.
" Jennings has picked off two passes in two of his last three games.
" Tillman has forced six fumbles in his last four games, in addition to producing two pass breakups in three of his last four.
" Robbie Gould has connected on 10 consecutive field goals from distances of 50 yards or more dating back to 2010, which is one shy of the NFL record of 11 in a row by Tony Zendejas (1988-93).
" Marshall has put together back-to-back 100-yard receiving games, and has accomplished the feat in four games this season.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ers (6-2-1)
Coach: Jim Harbaugh | Record: 20-6-1
Career head-to-head record vs. Smith: 0-0 | Career record vs. Bears: 0-0
Last week: Tied with the St. Louis Rams 24-24
Key stat: The 49ers are tied for second in the NFL with 17 drives of five minutes or more, and the club is also tied for second in the league for the most touchdowns on drives of five minutes or more (10). San Francisco also ranks first in the league with 52 runs of 10 yards or more.
Offense rank: 11th (365.9 ypg). | Defense rank: 3rd (292.1 pg).
Offensive leader: Running back Frank Gore ranks No. 8 in the NFL with 753 rushing yards, and since 2005 has eclipsed the 100-yard mark rushing more than any other running back (32 times). San Francisco’s all-time leading rusher, Gore averages 5.4 yards per carry and the 49ers own a 25-7 record when he finishes with 100 yards or more.
Defensive leader: Linebacker Patrick Willis has been in the Pro Bowl five times, yet has played just five years. Currently second on the team in tackles (100), Willis has generated 11 quarterback pressures and seven quarterback hits, in addition to breaking up six passes, recovering a fumble, and intercepting one pass. In 85 starts, Willis has posted double-digit tackle totals in 58 of them.
" The 49ers are 4-0 under Harbaugh when they score on their opening drive.
" The 49ers are 10-0-1 under Harbaugh when they rush for 150 yards or more.
" Defensive tackle Justin Smith has started 171 consecutive games, posting six sacks or more in four consecutive seasons.
" The 49ers have generated a takeaway in three consecutive games and haven’t turned over the ball in two straight.
" Aldon Smith has posted two sacks or more in two consecutive games.