(SAN FRANCISCO) — It was a battle of backup quarterbacks on Monday Night Football, and the one with less experience got the big win.
Colin Kaepernick shined in his first NFL start and the San Francisco 49ers dismantled the Chicago Bears 32-7 at Candlestick Park.
Kaepernick was starting in place of Alex Smith for the Niners (7-2-1), and went 16 of 23 for 243 yards and two touchdwon passes. “It’s everything I could’ve ever wished for,” Kaepernick said. “It feels great just to be out there.” Smith is out with a concussion.
Meanwhile, the Bears (7-3) lost their second straight game while managing only 143 total yards behind backup quarterback Jason Campbell, who was also starting because of a concussion to regular starter Jay Cutler. He tossed a 13-yard touchdown to Brandon Marshall in the third quarter for the Bears only score.
“It definitely wasn’t our best effort, by no means,” Campbell said.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN