SERIES HISTORY: 57th meeting. 49ers lead series, 29-26-1, and have won five of the last six meetings.
The last two meetings have been extreme opposites. On Oct. 28, 2001, the Bears overcame a 28-9 deficit to win 37-31 in overtime on a Mike Brown interception return for a TD. Brown's 33-yard score came just 16 seconds into overtime on a tipped Jeff Garcia pass on the first play from scrimmage, making it the shortest OT game in NFL history.
Chicago overcame its largest deficit in 14 years with the victory. The last time the Bears had overcome a lead of 19 or more points was in 1987 at Tampa Bay where Chicago trailed by 20 but won 27-26.
A year earlier, on Dec. 17, 2000, the 49ers outgained the Bears 456-104 in a 17-0 victory in which Terrell Owens caught an NFL-record 20 passes for 283 yards. In that game, an ill-prepared Cade McNown completed 9 of 29 passes for 73 yards.
Defensive coordinator Greg Blache was asked if he talked to his secondary about that game
"No because you know what, that wasn't about T.O.," Blache said. "That was about Jerry Rice. You're living in the past, son."
It was pointed out to Blache that Owens caught 20 balls.
"They scored 17 points, OK?" he replied. "They scored 17 points. It was Jerry Rice's day, it wasn't T.O.'s day."
The game was Rice's last in San Francisco as a member of the 49ers.
--OL Terrence Metcalf is doubtful with a fractured finger, although he has participated in non-contact drills. He isn't expected to play this week.
-- S Todd Johnson is out with a fractured jaw and will not play until at least after the Sept. 21 bye.
San Francisco 49ers< BR> RB Kevan Barlow Hamstring Probable< BR> WR Arnaz Battle Knee Probable< BR> T Derrick Deese Calf Probable< BR> G Eric Heitmann Back Probable< BR> CB Mike Rumph Groin Probable< BR> WR Tai Streets Groin Probable< BR> DT Bryant Young Ankle Probable< BR> LB Brandon Moore Ankle Questionable< BR> LB Saleem Rasheed Groin/Hip/Hamstring Questionable< BR> T Scott Gragg Ankle Doubtful< BR> TE Eric Johnson Clavicle Out< BR> CB Jason Webster Knee Out< BR>
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