Rough Housing

49ers quarterback <!--Default NodeId For Jeff Garcia is 783591,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:783591]>Jeff Garcia</A> accused Bears middle linebacker <!--Default NodeId For Brian Urlacher is 722169,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:722169]>Brian Urlacher</A> of getting dirty during the later part of Sunday's game -- after Urlacher felt the Niners were being a bit unsportsmanlike.

Urlacher made big hits on Garcia after a few plays and an on-field exchange of words occurred between the players.

"I asked him if he was trying to take my head off and he said he was trying to do whatever he could to get me out of the game," said Garcia, who was 19-of-35 for 229 yards.

Garcia is only 6-foot-1, 195 pounds and Urlacher 6-foot-4, 258, but the 49ers' quarterback said Urlacher expressed the feeling he was being picked on.

"I think at one point he thought I was coming at him," said Garcia, who is. `Hey Brian, I'm not that stupid.'

"We're teammates as far as the Pro Bowls go the last two years. He's a great guy, a great competitor and one of the best linebackers in the league. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. It was just one of those situations on the field. It was all in good fun."

When a reporter asking a question called it a "late hit," on Garcia, Urlacher said, "Was their a penalty?"

Told no, Urlacher said, "Then it wasn't a late hit."

Bears punt returner Bobby Wade could certainly think of better ways to start his NFL career.

In fact, it would be rather difficult to imagine a worse way.

Wade lost a fumble on the very first NFL regular-season punt he fielded and did it inside the 10-yard line, leading to a game-turning turnover that triggered a 49-7 Bears rout by the San Francisco 49ers. Jimmy Williams hit Wade, forcing the fumble, then recovered the ball at the Bears' 6 to set up a score and a 17-7 San Francisco lead in the second quarter.

"I need to hold the ball higher and tighter and just recognize where people are on the field," Wade said. "He was able to make that play and, unfortunately, it put us in a big hole."

The first problem Wade experienced was fielding the ball. The rookie from Arizona called it a tough decision to field the ball where he did.

"It's the 10-yard line rule," he said.

Bears players are instructed not to field the punt inside the 10 unless it's a low kick or there is a lot of room.

"Normally if the ball is hanging high, you won't have an opportunity," he said. "If you think it's going to bounce past the 10, you either let it go or if you think it's going to land on the 10 you fair catch it.

"But I thought I had a lot of space and I'm sure the film will show that."

Since it was Wade's first return, he said he was nervous.

"You're anxious," he said. "I'm going to try to be aggressive."

Once the ball was on the ground, Wade had a chance to recover it since Williams was still driving him into the ground. Bears wide receiver Dez White was also back blocking on the play, but said he had his back to the ball and never saw it.

Wade never saw it on the ground. "That's hard to see on the field," he said. "I wasn't able to see everything that was going on. I just lost track of the ball. I knew I lost it and had to try to find it and get it."

The 49ers scored three plays later for a 17-7 lead on Jeff Garcia's run up the middle from the 3.

Another Bears special teams play that wasn't so special helped trigger the rout a few minutes later. Former University of Illinois wide receiver Brandon Lloyd came from the outside to the inside on a punt by the Bears' Brad Maynard, got into the backfield free and made the first punt block given up by the Bears since Maury Buford had one blocked by Miami in 1991 at the old Soldier Field.

"He took advantage of some inexperience we have on that side of the line," said special teams player Dustin Lyman, who was blocking on the other side on that play. "It was a pretty classic move that's called the `up and under.' Experienced players usually see it coming."

Lloyd pictured himself making touchdown catches in the NFL, but as the fourth receiver knows he has to do what he can to make the team.

"I think tat I am a role player now," he said. "My job is not to catch 100 balls this season. I'm not supposed to catch 10 balls a game.

"My job is to help this team as much as I can as a fourth option and make plays on special teams."

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