Home Sports Week 8 updates: Bears up 16-15 on the 49ers in the 3rd quarter as Cairo Santos extends his FG streak to 38

Week 8 updates: Bears up 16-15 on the 49ers in the 3rd quarter as Cairo Santos extends his FG streak to 38

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Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor will try to lead the Chicago Bears to victory Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers as he fills in for head coach Matt Nagy. Bears quarterback Justin Fields is looking to shake off his five-turnover game last week.

Stay with us for all the updates from Soldier Field in Week 8.

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3rd quarter: 49ers score a TD — but miss the extra point

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with 5:56 to play in the third quarter, but kicker Joey Slye missed the extra-point attempt wide right, allowing the Bears to maintain a 16-15 lead.

The scoring drive was sparked by Deebo Samuel’s 83-yard catch from Garoppolo.

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Garoppolo hit Samuel behind the line of scrimmage, and Samuel sped his way by multiple Bears defenders to break free into the open field. DeAndre Houston-Carson chased down Samuel and took him out of bounds at the 1-yard line.

A 49ers false-start penalty on first down gave the Bears hope. But after Elijah Mitchell gained 4 yards and Garoppolo threw incomplete, Garoppolo charged into the end zone for the 49ers’ first touchdown of the game.

Slye also missed a field-goal attempt wide right on the 49ers’ first drive.

3rd quarter: Cairo Santos connects again

Bears kicker Cairo Santos made a 25-yard field goal to push the Bears lead to 16-9 with 8:33 to play in the third quarter.

It was Santos’ 38th straight made field goal, and the third of the game.

The Bears had first-and-goal from the 4-yard line but couldn’t get in the end zone. Khalil Herbert was stopped for a loss of 5 yards and Herbert gained 2 yards on a pass from Bears quarterback Justin Fields on first and second down. Then Fields threw incomplete to Cole Kmet in the end zone on third-and-goal from the 7.

Fields had a 19-yard pass to Jesse James, a 22-yard pass to Marquise Goodwin and a 15-yard run on the drive.

Halftime: Bears 13, 49ers 9

49ers kicker Joey Slye made a 22-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter to cut the Bears lead 13-9 at halftime.

With 25 seconds to play in the half, 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel broke free to catch a 50-yard pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to get to the Bears 4-yard line. But after spiking the ball on first down, Garoppolo threw incomplete on second down, and the 49ers turned to Slye.

Early in the drive, on third-and-4 at the 49ers’ 31, Garoppolo completed a 15-yard pass in stride to Brandon Aiyuk.

Bears quarterback Justin Fields threw for 82 yards and rushed for 48 to help the Bears to the lead. Fields completed 11 of 13 passes with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James and no interceptions.

Bears kicker Cairo Santos pushed his made field goals streak to 37 with a 39-yarder and a 40-yarder.

Garoppolo completed 10 of 19 passes for 163 yards. The Bears didn’t allow the 49ers into the end zone but didn’t get a takeaway in the half.

2nd quarter: 40-yard FG for Cairo Santos

Bears kicker Cairo Santos made a 40-yard field goal with 1:16 to play in the second quarter to push the Bears lead to 13-6.

It was Santos’ 37th straight made field goal.

The 49ers stopped the Bears on third-and-6 from the 16 when Khalil Herbert was stopped for a loss of 6 yards on a pass from Justin Fields.

Before that, the Bears converted three third downs on the drive. Fields hit Allen Robinson for a 10-yard pass on third-and-8 and Darnell Mooney for a 4-yarder on third-and-3. And Herbert gained 3 yards on third-and-3.

Fields had two 16-yard runs on the drive, the second of which got the Bears to the 20 when coupled with a 49ers illegal use of hands penalty.

2nd quarter: Another FG for 49ers

49ers kicker Joey Slye made a 52-yard field goal to cut the Bears lead to 10-6 with 9:33 to play in the second quarter.

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had a 23-yard pass to Brandon Aiyuk and a 16-yard pass to Deebo Samuel on back-to-back plays to get into Bears territory.

But after a 3-yard Elijah Mitchell run, the Bears defense forced Garoppolo to throw incompletions on second and third down, with safety DeAndre Houston-Carson breaking up the pass to Mohamed Sanu on third down. Houston-Carson is filling in for Eddie Jackson, who is out with a hamstring injury.

Rusty Hyett stands near the field dressed as Bears coach Matt Nagy during the first quarter of the Week 8 game at Soldier Field on Oct. 31, 2021. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

2nd quarter: Justin Fields hits Jesse James for a TD

Bears quarterback Justin Fields hit Jesse James with an 8-yard touchdown pass for a 10-3 Bears lead against the 49ers with 12:03 to play in the second quarter.

Fields completed four passes for 41 yards on the drive, including an 11-yarder to Darnell Mooney on third-and-4, and also broke for a 9-yard run on third-and-1.

Bears tight end Cole Kmet had catches of 16 and 6 yards on the drive.

Fields’ touchdown pass was low and right to a spot where James could dive to catch it with 49ers cornerback Josh Norman in coverage.

Bears running back Damien Williams left the game with a knee injury, and his return is questionable.

1st quarter: 49ers make a field goal

49ers kicker Joey Slye made a 48-yard field goal to tie it 3-3 with 2:51 to play in the first quarter.

Slye’s field goal came after he missed wide right from the same distance on the 49ers’ first drive.

Elijah Mitchell sparked the drive with a 27-yard carry, and Jimmy Garoppolo connected with Deebo Samuel for an 11-yard pass.

Bears defensive back Teez Tabor nearly intercepted Garoppolo on second down, but Garoppolo hit JaMycal Hasty for a 7-yard gain to set up the field goal.

1st quarter: Cairo Santos gets the Bears on the board

Bears kicker Cairo Santos made a 39-yard field goal with 4:38 to play in the first quarter to give the Bears a 3-0 lead against the 49ers.

It was Santos’ 36th straight made field goal.

The Bears got deep into 49ers territory after Justin Fields hit Darnell Mooney for a 14-yard pass and Khalil Herbert broke for a 22-yard run.

But two penalties on right guard James Daniels — for holding and an ineligible player downfield — set the Bears back, and they settled for the field goal.

The Bears announced safety Eddie Jackson was doubtful to return because of a hamstring injury.

1st quarter: 49ers miss a FG on the opening drive

49ers kicker Joey Slye missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt wide right on the first drive of the game.

A Robert Quinn tackle for loss and a 49ers holding penalty backed the 49ers up to third-and-24 from the Bears 49-yard line. But 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hit Mohamed Sanu for a 19-yard pass to get into field-goal range.

Slye, who is kicking while Robbie Gould is on injured reserve, then missed.

Bears safety Eddie Jackson was injured on the second play of the drive and went to the locker room with an apparent right leg injury.

Bears players take the field for their Week 8 game against the 49ers at Soldier Field on Oct. 31, 2021.

Bears players take the field for their Week 8 game against the 49ers at Soldier Field on Oct. 31, 2021. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Inactives announced

Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks will play against the 49ers.

Hicks missed last week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while dealing with a groin injury and was listed as questionable after he was limited Wednesday and Thursday.

But he practiced in full Friday and is ready to play for a defense that will be missing one other important piece. The Bears previously ruled out outside linebacker Khalil Mack, who is dealing with a sprained foot.

Also inactive for the Bears are quarterback Nick Foles, wide receiver Breshad Perriman, cornerback Artie Burns and inside linebacker Caleb Johnson.

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For the 49ers, defensive linemen Dee Ford and Maurice Hurst, offensive lineman Aaron Banks, linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair, defensive backs Deommodore Lenoir and Ambry Thomas and wide receiver Travis Benjamin are inactive.

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