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Three things you need to know from 49ers' 15-14 win over Bears

Three things you need to know from 49ers' 15-14 win over Bears

CHICAGO -- Three things you need to know about the 49ers’ 15-14 victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 13 on Sunday:

1, JIMMY EATS WORLD
The way he bounced confidently and calmly in the pocket. The way he flicked the ball down the field into tight windows. The way he looked completely unflappable on the 49ers’ final-chance drive.

Of course, he is nowhere near to the level of the next name to appear in this sentence, but his mannerisms did look a little Tom Brady-ish.

For a quarterback who did not lead a touchdown drive in any of his team’s eight offensive possessions, Jimmy Garoppolo had about as impressive of a game as one could imagine. Garoppolo grew up approximately 25 miles from Soldier Field in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

“I tried to say all week that it’s just a normal game,” Garoppolo said. “Obviously, I’ve never come back to Chicago like this, so it’s exciting. I had a ton of people here today. It was one of the more fun games I’ve been a part of.”

Garoppolo was comfortable with enough of the 49ers’ offense for coach Kyle Shanahan to craft a game plan that rolled up 388 yards of total offense. Garoppolo threw for 293 yards, the most yards in franchise history from a quarterback in his first start with the club. He helped the 49ers convert 10 of 18 (56 percent) of their third-down opportunities.

“I thought it was a real good first start,” Shanahan said. “He handled the offense well, definitely moved the chains and moved the ball well for us. It will be fun to get back and to watch the tape. When you go through this stuff, it’s nice to be able to coach off of it.”

2. GOOD AS GOULD
Kicker Robbie Gould spent his first 11 seasons with the Chicago Bears. He was released two seasons ago. On Sunday, he returned to Soldier Field and accounted for all 15 points, including his game-winning 24-yard field goal in the final seconds.

Gould spoke to his teammates on Saturday night. Left tackle Joe Staley said it was the first time he can remember that a kicker spoke to his teammates on the night before a game.

Gould showed a lot of emotion after booting the game-winner to cap an impressive 14-play, 86-yard drive, as he appeared to yell toward the Bears' sideline.

“I was pretty excited,” said Gould, 34, who was seen looking and yelling toward the Bears sideline after his final kick. “I have a lot of respect for the people here. To come in here and get a win like that and kick the game-winner, I don’t think I could have written it any better, to be honest with you.”

3. A TEAM VICTORY
The 49ers’ defense held the Chicago Bears to just 147 yards of total offense on just 36 offensive plays -- the fewest plays against a 49ers defense since Oct. 20, 1991, against the Detroit Lions (35 plays).

Wide receiver Trent Taylor spent most of the past 24 hours sick after a case of food poisoning but rallied and provided the 49ers with some clutch plays on third downs with all five of his third-down receptions moving the chains.

The 49ers’ pass protection enabled Garoppolo to look calm and unaffected by the Chicago pass rush.

“(It’s) not just the quarterback but the whole team,” Shanahan said. “We gave it back to them, and our defense got off the field and we had a chance to go down the field.

“Jimmy made a bunch of plays on that drive and I thought we ran the ball well, and I thought we blocked well. Our receivers made some plays, and we were able to finish it running and to take the clock down. I thought it was a huge team win and I thought everyone contributed.”

Garoppolo was 14-for-14 for 191 yards while targeting Marquise Goodwin (eight catches, 99 yards) and Taylor (six catches, 92 yards). Taylor made a 33-yard reception on a third-and-9 play on the winning drive to get the 49ers into field-goal range.

“Great protection up front,” Garoppolo said. “I thought all day those guys gave me a lot of time. You know, it’s a good pass rush they went against. I was clean for the most part today, so that plays a huge role in all third downs and big plays like that.”

Source: 49ers sign son of former NFL WR

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Source: 49ers sign son of former NFL WR

The 49ers have signed wide receiver Max McCaffrey off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad, a source confirmed Tuesday to NBC Sports Bay Area.

The NFL Network first reported the 49ers’ move.

The team could place wide receiver Victor Bolden on injured reserve to make roster space for McCaffrey. Bolden sustained an ankle injury in the 49ers’ 26-16 victory Sunday over the Houston Texans.

McCaffrey (6 foot 2, 200 pounds) is a second-year player from Duke. He is the son of former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey and the older brother of former Stanford star and Carolina Panthers rookie Christian McCaffrey.

Max McCaffrey appeared in five games this season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, catching one pass for 4 yards.

He originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted rookie and spent time with Green Bay, New Orleans and Jacksonville before returning to the Packers’ practice squad in October.

Shanahan: Garoppolo's two starts do not impact contract situation

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Shanahan: Garoppolo's two starts do not impact contract situation

Jimmy Garoppolo has thrown for more yards than any quarterback in 49ers history in his first two starts.

But 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo’s play has not changed how he views the contract situation that must be addressed before the start of the new league year in March.

The 49ers acquired Garoppolo in a late-October trade with the New England Patriots. He is under contract only through the end of this season. The 49ers will retain Garoppolo with the franchise tag if the sides are unable to reach agreement on a multi-year deal.

“For me personally, it doesn't impact anything,” Shanahan said. “I thought it was so neat about the situation that I didn't feel that, because of that (franchise) option, that we had to see something here or there, and we had to do all this stuff.

“It's been able for us to just try to do things the right way, put him in when we thought he was ready to, not put any pressure on him where he has to do all this to show something. Obviously, we're very encouraged with how these two games have been.”

The 49ers must designate Garoppolo as their franchise player at any point from Feb. 20 to March 6. Last year, the one-year cost for a franchise player at quarterback was $21.268 million.

In leading the 49ers to back-to-back road victories, Garoppolo threw for 293 yards against the Chicago Bears and 334 yards against the Houston Texans. Garoppolo is scheduled to make his first home start on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at Levi's Stadium.

“We'll see what happens here in the offseason when we get together and can assess everything,” Shanahan said. “I definitely don't think that’s something he's thinking about at this point, and it's definitely not something I'm thinking about, either.”

Shanahan said he does not anticipate the sides working out a contract extension during the final three weeks of the regular season.