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Carries top 49ers 19-10 on Eberflus debut; Fields with 2 touchdowns


CHICAGO (AP) — Justin Fields threw for two second-half touchdowns, Eddie Jackson set up a TD with an interception, and the Chicago Bears gave Matt Eberflus a win in his head coaching debut, beating the 49ers of San Francisco 19-10 on a rainy Sunday.

Fields shook off a tough first half, throwing a 51-yard TD to Dante Pettis in the third quarter and connecting with Equanimeous St. Brown for an 18-yarder early in the fourth to put Chicago up 13-10. Jackson then picked Trey Lance near midfield for his first interception since 2019 and returned the ball to the 21. It led to a 6-yard touchdown by Khalil Herbert, making it 19-10.

San Francisco running back Elijah Mitchell left the game in the first half with a knee injury and did not return. Niners star tight end George Kittle missed the game with a groin problem.

Heavy rains flooded the area and soaked the new Bermuda grass installed this week in place of the traditional Kentucky bluegrass used in a stadium often criticized for its choppy surface. As the final seconds ticked away, the Bears players dove headfirst into the soggy end zone.

The Bears were also called for an unusual penalty late in the first half, when their starter was flagged for pulling out a towel to dry off a small area of ​​the field before a field goal try. The 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty squandered a scoring opportunity and forced Chicago to punt.

Fields, the No. 11 overall pick in 2019, was 8 of 17 for 121 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The former Ohio State star is trying to convince Eberflus and new general manager Ryan Poles that he can shore up a position that has long been a weakness for Chicago.

The Bears were passed 331 yards to 204. But they did enough to get the win for Eberflus, who has spent the past four years as Indianapolis’ defensive coordinator.

Lance, drafted eight spots ahead of Fields, completed 13 of 28 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown.

Deebo Samuel ran for a 6-yard score in the second quarter after losing a deep fumble in Chicago territory early on. But he only caught two passes for 14 yards.

Nick Bosa added a bag. But the Niners, coming off a run at the NFC Championship Game, couldn’t do much against “The Monsters of the Midway.”

INJURIES

49ers: Mitchell — who set a franchise rookie record with 963 rushing yards last season — rushed for 41 before going out in the second quarter.

Bears: The Bears did not report any injuries during the game.

NEXT

49ers: will host Seattle on September 18.

Bears: Visit Green Bay on September 18.


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