San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: 49ers host Seahawks Sunday in home opener at Levi Stadium

The Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) avoids getting hit by the San Francisco 49ers Samson Ebukam in first half action at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sun Sep 11, 2022 (AP News photo)

Om the 49ers podcast with David Z:

#1 If it wasn’t rough enough for Elijah Mitchell missing all of pre season from a hamstring injury after getting a dose of the rough and tumble Chicago Bears Mitchell has injuries to his shoulder, ribs, head, fingers, and a sprained MCL to his right knee and is expected to miss two months.

#2 Dave, 49ers quarterback Trey Lance had a couple of good passes early in the game against Chicago but he looked like he did disappear in the second half. Was it a matter of the Bears keeping him on the run or he just couldn’t manage finding his targets and the Bears read the running backs well?

#3 The Seattle Seahawks will be on hand for the home opener at Levi Stadium against the 49ers. The Seahawks just edged their old teammate quarterback Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos at Lumen Stadium in Seattle last Sunday 17-16. How do you see this match with the 49ers and Seahawks for this Sunday.

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49ers stumble to Bears 19-10 in wet, dreary game

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) is outnumbered and tackled in first half action by the Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith (58) and defensive lineman Dominique Robinson (91) at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sun Sep 11, 2022 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

A monsoon of mother nature and a tight lipped defense spoiled the season opener for the San Francisco 49ers.

The Chicago Bears took advantage of the weather and costly turnovers as they upset the the scarlet and gold 19-10 on a miserable wet Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.

On a day where the heavens opened up and were relentless, the field made things difficult for both teams dealing with a drenched field. Penalties and turnovers were detrimental to San Francisco’s ability to overcome the weather.

San Francisco’s defense was dominant in the first half as they forced Justin Fields and the Bears offense into numerous three and outs.

Talanoa Hufanga intercepted Fields on the Bears second possession as he read the deep ball over the middle where Fields overthrew his receiver.

The 49ers (0-1) drew first blood in the second quarter. Hybrid receiver-back Deebo Samuel concluded a seven play, 52-yard drive when he rushed for a six-yards touchdown on an end around handoff from quarterback Tre Lance.

Samuel had fumbled the ball on the 49ers first drive that was the beginning of the missed opportunities San Francisco experienced throughout the game.

Chicago (1-0) tried for a field goal just before halftime but were flagged when they used a towel on the field to try sop up some of the water, which is illegal to do. The 15-yard penalty took them out of field goal range and then ended up punting to end the half.

San Francisco started the second half off with a promising drive. However, it stalled at the Bears 18-yard line as Lance was sacked on third down and they had to settle for a 25-yard field goal by Robbie Gould instead of being able to double its lead.

“You don’t win a lot of games when you miss those opportunities to put a game away. Not to take anything away from them (Chicago), I’m disappointed in some of the silly mistakes we did to ourselves,” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said after the game.

The second half was a flip of the script. Chicago’s defense became the dominating force and didn’t allow San Francisco to score the rest of the game.

The Bears’ offense came alive late in the third quarter. Fields made a play where he scrambled out of the pocket to the right then to the left before finding a wide open Dante Pettis down the right sideline. Pettis raced in the rest of the way for a 51-yard touchdown reception to cut the lead to 10-7.

Chicago gained its first lead early in the fourth quarters. Fields led a 10 play 84-yard drive when he found Equanimeous St. Brown for an 18-yard touchdown with 12:45 remaining. Kicker Cairo Santos missed the extra point as the Bears led 13-10.

Lance was intercepted by Eddie Jackson on the next 49ers’ possession when he telegraphed a pass over the middle intended for Jauan Jennnings. Jackson returned the ball 26 yards to the 49ers 21 yard line.

Chicago cashed in the turnover when Khalil Herbert rushed for a three-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach despite Santos second missed extra point.

“Whenever you let a team hang around, it’s not gonna be good,” offensive tackle Trent Williams said.

It was a difficult game for Lance, who finished 13 of 28 for 164 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Lance led the team in rushing with 54 yards on 13 carries. His best carry was on a 3rd and 13 where he rushed for 13 yards to get the first down.

Jennings led San Francisco in receiving with four catches for 62 yards. Both Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk only had two catches a piece respectively.

Field finished the game 8 of 17 for 121 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also added 28 yards on the ground.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished 8-for-17 on third down conversions. Chicago was 5-for-14.

INJURY UPDATE: San Francisco suffered two keys injuries during the game. Running back Elijah Mitchell left the game in the first half with a knee injury. Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter and also didn’t return. Both player will be evaluated on Monday.

UP NEXT: San Francisco returns to Santa Clara for their home opener against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday 9/18 at 1:05pm at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Kittle says he might be able to get into today’s game; Lance gets his big chance in opener today

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) takes the reigns of starting quarterback and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) will be back up as the season kicks off Sun Sep 11, 2022 at Soldier Field in Chicago (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle says there is a chance he could play in today’s game in Chicago against the Bears. Kittle was injured during practice on Monday and not practiced since.

#2 The notice that Kittle could be available was a surprise considering players who are ruled out and who miss the last two full practices before a game could be eligible to play.

#3 Joe, taking a look at other injuries on the team, offensive linesman Daniel Brunskill is suffering a hamstring injury and has been ruled out of today’s game.

#4 Dre Greenlaw who has an elbow injury can see action today he practiced this week on a limited basis.

#5 Trey Lance gets his first full season as named starting quarterback is he as ready as he’ll ever be? or again is this a test to see if he can fulfill being the named starting quarterback?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Marko Ukalovic: 49ers politics at play for Santa Clara’s Mayoral race; Bosa one of the most powerful pass rushers in the NFL

Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor will be running against City Councilman Anthony Becker for mayor this November. The 49ers have contributed $750,000 to Becker’s campaign. (The Business Journal file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with Marko:

#1 Marko, the Santa Clara City Council who voted to approve accepting $1.6 million to settle stadium disputes with the San Francisco 49ers over city maintenance issues will have city councilman Anthony Becker running for Mayor against current Mayor Lisa Gillmor. This race is garnering publicity because of the F bomb filled debate language used by city councilman Becker before voting on accepting the 49ers offer to settle the dispute.

#2 There are Santa Clara City residents who did not want the 49ers to move to Santa Clara in the first place and are still steamed about traffic and noise issues will the voters vote for Gillmor as a protest vote against Becker.

#3 Onto the 49ers on the field for this Sunday in Chicago: 49ers pass rusher Nick Bosa has been like locomotive train and according to the Los Angeles Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth he said Bosa has shocking strength for a 21 year old to be that powerful.

#4 Marko, linebacker Fred Warner was noted as being one of the quietest players but now is a very vocal team leader how important is he to the 49ers core of veterans?

#5 The Niners open the season with the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field Sunday how do you see the 49ers defense going up against quarterback Justin Herbert and the offensive line?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Kittle questionable for this Sunday due to groin injury

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle is on the run against the Houston Texans in first action on Jan 2, 2022 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. Kittle is doubtful for Sun Sep 11, 2022 in Chicago due to a groin injury. (AP News file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 David, the San Francisco 49ers George Kittle missed practice due to a groin injury and head coach Kyle Shanahan is not sure if he could play this Sunday in Chicago.

#2 It’s “Trey’s team” but with Jimmy Garoppolo as back up is it still looked at as a quarterback controversy?

#3 Dave, talk about Justin Field quarterback for the Chicago Bears and what he presents agianst the 49ers defense on Sunday?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: 49ers have lots to choose from in their backfield; SF getting ready for Fields, Bears in Chicago

San Francisco 49ers running back Eli Mitchell (25) takes off downfield in first half action against the Minnesota Vikings Sun Nov 28, 2021 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. Mitchell is part of a ten man backfield roster for opening day in Chicago on Sun Sep 11, 2022 (AP News file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, the 49ers are carrying five running backs, four tight ends, and a fullback on the current 53 man roster that’s a lot of offense coming into the regular season.

#2 The Niners had so many running backs that they had to cut Trey Sermon what will his absence mean for the team and it looks like the 49ers didn’t have much of a choice in cutting him.

#3 As of Friday other NFL teams four teams in their backfield had nine players and at tight end. As one basketball team used to use in their motto “Strength in numbers” looks like the 49ers are going with a large number in their offense back field to start this 16 game campaign.

#4 Joe talk about some of the expectations for quarterback Trey Lance heading into opening day next Sunday in Chicago he didn’t look like he got much protection in that last pre season game in Houston but that can’t easily be said because that wasn’t the starting offensive line.

#5 Joe finally the Chicago Bears in the Bears last pre season game starting quarterback Justin Fields got some decent reps going 14-16 for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Looking at the kind of job Fields does finding receivers and give and goes to his running backs how prepared are the 49ers defense in going after Fields next Sunday.

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Is Garoppolo ready to step in just in case?; Are Niners still Lance’s team?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback who will remain with the team could he end up being back as starting quarterback at some point this season? (CBS Sports file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave, With 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo staying in San Francisco does that mean that there’s just that possibility that the 49ers may not be quarterback Trey Lance’s job after all.

#2 Dave, how concerned will head coach Kyle Shanahan have to be that wide receiver Deebo Samuel most likely will not be in the line up for Sep 11th due to a bad bruise behind his knee which he got during Thursday’s pre season game in Houston?

#3 Reports say that Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields looked much better Saturday in a game the Bears pulled off against Fields old team the Cleveland Browns 21-20. Fields was 14-16 for 156 yards and threw for three touchdowns. Will the 49ers defense have their hands full on Sunday?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Lance hopes not be running all day against Bears in opener

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) is sacked by Houston Texans defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) during the first half at NRG Stadium in Houston on Thu Aug 25, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, Thursday night San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance was trying to run from the Houston Texans pass rush do you see Lance getting some protection on Sun Sep 11th in Chicago.

#2 Joe, 49ers cornerback Samuel Womack noted for leading in pass break ups and played a key role in preventing the Houston Texans from running up the score on the Niners on Thursday Night Football.

#3 Joe, talk about that pass that Womack broke up on a pass from the Texans quarterback Davis Mills intended for receiver Chris Moore in the second quarter.

#4 It’s pre season but how concerning is it that the 49ers got shutout, Lance was running all night and the running backs were stopped by the Texans defensive line.

#5 It’s off to Soldier Field for Sun Sep 11th’s opener against the Chicago Bears how ready are the 49ers to start the regular season?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Would 49ers have been better off just staying in San Francisco?; Troubles with City of Santa Clara

Levi Stadium the site of all operation cost disputes over the last few years between the San Francisco 49ers and the City of Santa Clara. Would the 49ers in hindsight been better off staying and building their own stadium in San Francisco? (file photo from Hochtief)

On 49ers podcast with Marko:

#1 The City of Santa Clara and the San Francisco 49ers continue to their embroil over stadium operation costs. The 49ers offered Santa Clara a $50,000 increase from the $650,000 to $700,000 to the general fund. In all the 49ers want to settle the dispute at a total of $4 million from $3.3 million.

#2 Marko, Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor said a proposal given to city council members by the 49ers ten minutes before a meeting was ridiculous because it did give her or city council members time to contemplate the impacts of the proposal. The conflict was not resolved despite the 49ers latest proposal.

#3 According to 49ers spokesman Rahul Chandhok the 49ers had lengthy discussions on how to settle the dispute with the Santa Clara city attorney over the last three months and that draft proposals were discussed and shared over the last two months and this should not have been a surprise to Gillmor and the city council.

#4 In hindsight considering all the problems with the city the 49ers have had over the operation costs with the city and some fans complaints about sitting in the hot sun on August and September days wouldn’t the team have been better off building the stadium and staying in San Francisco.

#5 Turning to the 49ers on the field the 49ers were shutout on Thursday in Houston 17-0 and 49ers quarterback Trey Lance said that there were mistakes and the team will get better and get ready for opening day on Sep 11th in Chicago.

#6 Marko, how doubtful is the offensive line was it a matter of Lance not getting enough time to throw and had to keep running because of the Houston Texans pass rush?

Marko Ukalovic is a 49ers beat writer for

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: 49ers hoping to gain a split from the Cardinals today at Levi

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Muarry (1) escapes a tackle from Green Bay Packer free safety Darnell Savage (26) during the second half of Sun Oct 28, 2021 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes

#1 Such an improved and more satisfying result from last week’s contest against the Chicago Bears (3-5) at Soldier Field in Chicago for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (3-4) who threw 17-28 for 322 yards and surprisingly no touchdown passes but carried for two touchdowns to help his own cause in an 11 point win over the Bears 33-22.

#2 One of the important factors that came out of last week’s win for San Francisco was that it snapped the Niners four game losing streak and got some weight off their shoulders in the process.

#3 Although Garoppolo didn’t throw for any touchdown passes he was able to be instrumental in the 49ers three touchdown drives and also closed the game getting the 49ers in field goal range to close out the scoring.

#4 Garoppolo said he was not used to running in quarterback keepers but said doing it in front of his former college teammates who were attendance as he attended Eastern Illinois and had them watching in the crowd at Soldier Field he said it was pretty cool to be able to carry the ball in for scores twice in front them.

#5 The last time the 49ers played the Arizona Cardinals (7-1) on Oct 10th at State Farm Stadium the Cardinals got a seven point win 17-10. The Cardinals behind quarterback Kyler Murray have won seven of their last eight and their last loss came after being defeated by the Green Bay Packers (7-1). Taking into account how Murray is not likely to be in the line up today due to an injury how do you see this match up today between these two teams today at Levis Stadium?

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