Rapid Reaction: 49ers 10, Bears 6

Come on. You know you were thinking it. As Chicago was driving for what could have been the winning points Thursday night, you were waiting for Jay Cutler to throw another (red zone) interception. Sure enough, Cutler obliged on the final play of the game.

Cutler’s fifth interception of Thursday night’s game at San Francisco -- yes, you read that right -- sent the Bears to their second loss in five days, pretty much ending the competitive portion of their 2009 season. With 10 penalties on top of Cutler’s miscues, the Bears hardly looked like a playoff team. And even if they somehow get themselves turned around, their 4-5 record means they might have to run the table to ensure themselves a playoff spot.

That seems unlikely as long as Cutler proves unable to respond to pressure-filled situations. In three prime-time games this season, Cutler has thrown 11 interceptions.

I’ll be back in a bit with a more expansive set of observations.