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November 19, 2012
Oh Kaeptain, my Kaeptain! 49ers bullying Bears in first half

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Touch passes are supposed to be Colin Kaepernick's kryptonite, but the 49ers quarterback has delivered a few in a first half dominated by him the 49ers, who have moved through the Bears vaunted defense for a 20-0 lead.

The best may have been a 57 yarder Kaepernick lofted just over the head of Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden into the arms of Kyle Williams to the Chicago 3-yard line. One play later, Kaepernick found Vernon Davis in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown and a quick 10-0 lead.

Davis, a forgotten man in the 49ers' offense the last month, went through a first-half revival with Kapernick throwing him the ball. In addition to his touchdown, the 49ers tight end has catches of 22 and 32 yards and already has more receiving yards - 72 - than in any game since Oct. 7.

Kaepernick, making his first start since guiding the University of Nevada in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at the end of of the 2010 season, is 12-15 for 184 yards and a touchdown. His passer rating is 140. (Jason Campbell's is 16.7). One of Kaepernick's incompletions was a drop by Randy Moss that had so much velocity it dislocated one of the fingers on Moss's left hand. (Moss returned to the game after one play on the sideline).

The 49ers' second touchdown came on a read-option handoff to Kendall Hunter, who scored from 14 yards out. That drive, which began at the San Francisco 4-yard line, was the longest touchdown drive by the 49ers this year and the longest surrendered by the Bears.

Not to be outdone, the 49ers defense has limited the Bears to just 35 of offense, 18 of which came on a throw-away drive at the end of the half. Aldon Smith has gotten past left tackle J'Marcus Webb for three sacks. He now has 12 ½ on the season and is a half sack behind Denver's Von Miller, a buddy of Smith's, for the league lead.

Tarell Brown, meanwhile, intercepted Chicago backup Campbell to set up David Akers' second field goal of the evening. Akers is 2-2.

- Matt Barrows.



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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