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Bears' defense submits to Kaepernick

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cornerback Tim Jennings used one word to describe the Bears' defensive performance in their 32-7 lopsided loss to the San Francisco 49ers: Embarrassing.

"Man, (it was) embarrassing," Jennings said. "On Monday Night Football, we look for tests like this to come out and show the world where we are as a team and we didn't show up today at all. San Francisco came out and had a great game and a great game plan and they beat us the whole game. It was embarrassing."

Behind second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who got the start in place of Alex Smith, the Niners picked the Bears apart in the passing game. Kaepernick threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns while posting a quarterback rating of 133.1.

"I've seen him (Kaepernick) in college and knew he was a good player," Bears free safety Chris Conte said. "I knew their coaches were ready and their scheme would be good. He didn't have to do a lot. He threw the ball to the outside when he had to and knew where he had to go with the ball. He really wasn't doing any reading at all. They just had a good scheme and they executed well."

One of most troubling aspects of the Bears' defensive collapse was the amount of big plays the 49ers were able to complete down the field. All year the Bears defense had done an excellent job in deep coverage where they limited opponents to just five passing plays of 30 or more yards. But they allowed Kaepernick to connect on three throws of 30 or more yards Monday, including a 57-yard strike to Kyle Williams.

"They were just better than us in man coverage and they had the matchups with us in one-on-ones," Conte said. "They knew where to go with the ball and they got the ball in the hands of their playmakers unfortunately for us. Pretty low-risk throws they were throwing out there and they completed them."

As far as individual matchups, the Bears simply had no answer for San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis, who caught six passes for 83 yards and one touchdown on only eight targets. Davis proved too much for strong safety Major Wright to handle in man coverage and could have inflicted more damage if Kaepernick hadn't overthrown him on a deep ball down the 49ers sideline.

"Davis is pretty tough and probably one of the best tight ends I've played against so far," Wright said. "He's shifty and can get up the field and get vertical."

"He's like a wide receiver in a tight ends' body," Conte added. "He's got tons of speed and he's hard to cover. We knew he was going to be a challenge going into the game. We just have to limit him and do the best job we can against him."

But to blame all the Bears' issues on coverage would be unfair. After all, the Bears only sacked Kapernick one time on 23 pass attempts. That is not acceptable pressure when facing a young quarterback who is making his first NFL start against a unit that was ranked No. 5 in total defense heading into the game.

"They had time to throw the football," Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "We knew that he (Kaepernick) runs the ball well and throws the ball well. Nothing surprised us about him. We saw him on film and he is fast, he makes good decisions. He did whatever he wanted to, he had all kinds of time."