For the second consecutive preseason game, the first team defense allowed the opponent to move the ball fairly well between the 20's, but they clamped down when they needed to and have not allowed a touchdown to be scored while they were on the field. After doing absolutely no game-planning for the 49ers and looking as plain vanilla as possible last week, defensive coordinator Ron Turner was allowed to have some fun against San Diego, and his unit responded with a solid effort. Urlacher set the tone early by stepping in front of all-world tight end Antonio Gates on a 3rd-and-8 play and putting the Bears ahead 7-0 with 13:29 still left in the first quarter.
Now Rivers did complete 9-of-14 passes for 75 yards, but almost all of his completions came on check-down passes to running backs. Michael Turner, starting at tailback in place of the resting LaDainian Tomlison, ripped off a 45-yard run thanks to some sloppy tackling, but aside from that, he gained 10 yards on five carries. Urlacher & Company will looks to continue their strong play in Week 3 of the preseason at home against Arizona.