NFL Capsule: Bears at 49ers

NFL Capsule: Bears at 49ers


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RECORD VS. SPREAD - St. Louis 5-3, San Francisco 5-3

SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 31-29-1

AP Pro32 RANKING - Bears No. 3; 49ers, No. 4

LAST MEETING - 49ers beat Bears 10-6, Nov. 12, 2009

LAST WEEK - Bears lost to Texans 13-6; 49ers tied Rams 24-24 OT





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - 49ers won last three Monday Night Football games, four of five and six of nine. San Francisco 23-11 at home on MNF (since 1970). ... Bears have won four of last six meetings with Niners since being shut out 17-0 at Candlestick Park on Dec. 17, 2000. ... 49ers lead NFL in fewest points allowed (14.1), while Bears are second (14.8). ... Both quarterbacks in question after concussions last week - Bears Jay Cutler, 49ers Alex Smith. Could be day of backups - Chicago's Jason Campbell, San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick. Campbell has 70 career starts. ... Cutler threw five interceptions in '09 meeting and Frank Gore scored game's lone TD and rushed for 104 yards. ... 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was Bears' first-round pick of 1987 draft, 26th overall, and played QB for Chicago until 1993 . ... Kickers on both sides missed key opportunities last week: David Akers a 41-yarder in OT for Niners, Robbie Gould a 48-yarder early in fourth quarter at home vs. Houston. ... In last meeting three years ago, 49ers CB Tarell Brown intercepted pass by Cutler in second quarter and made 51-yard return to set up Gore's 14-yard TD run on ensuing play. ... Chicago WR Brandon Marshall has 51 catches for 690 yards and six TDs in past six games. ... Second-year San Francisco LB Aldon Smith with two more sacks vs. St. Louis for 9 1/2 on year. Had 14 in `11 to lead all NFL rookies and set franchise rookie record. ... Bears LB Blake Costanzo played for 49ers last season, finishing second on team with 17 special teams tackles and led San Francisco with four special teams tackles in postseason. ... Gore has five TDs on season and 48 for career, leaving him two TDs rushing shy of matching late Hall of Famer Joe Perry and RB Roger Craig for most in franchise history. RB trying for third straight 100-yard rushing game vs. Bears. ... In 14 career games against Chicago, 49ers WR Randy Moss has 86 catches for 1,155 yards and 10 TDs. His 1,155 yards receiving vs. Bears ranks fourth in NFL history. ... 49ers Justin Smith had six QB pressures and five QB hits against Bears last meeting, helped hold Bears RB Matt Forte to 41 yards rushing on 20 carries for 2.1-yard-per-carry average. ... 49ers have plenty to clean up after they were 2 for 11 on third-down conversions vs. Rams, allowed 458 yards, penalized seven times for 66 yards.


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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Canadiens will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


The Capitals (43-24-7) take on the Canadiens (27-36-12) Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Montreal.


The Capitals-Canadiens game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off on NBC Sports Washington with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Extra and Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. for postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals at Canadiens
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime


You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


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For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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