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November 12, 2009
Niners snap losing streak, and that's no joke

Two jokes while we smart alecky reporters were waiting for Mike Singletary to arrive for his press conference after tonight's game:

1.) I bet Singletary drops to his knees and thanks another J.C. tonight.
2.) The only one who comes out of this game looking good is Josh McDaniel.

Which is to say, the story of the game was not the 49ers but Jay Cutler, who threw five interceptions, some of them pretty terrible. The bottom line, however, is that the 49ers have snapped their losing streak and their playoff dreams are still alive. Here's some other food for thought: One of the theories as to why both teams played so poorly on offense is that they only had one real day - Tuesday - of practice in such a short week. If that's true than the converse also has to be true: The 49ers should be more fresh and more prepared for their Nov. 22 game against Green Bay.

Here were the interceptions
1. Aubrayo Franklin: First of the year, first of his career
2. Tarell Brown: First of the year, third of his career
3. Dashon Goldson: Second of the season, second of his career
4. Mark Roman: First of the season, fifth of his career. (First since Dec. 14, 2006)
5. Michael Lewis: First of the season, 12th of his career.

Takeo Spikes appeared to have the most serious injury. He strained his hamstring and did not return. Scott McKillop initially filled in though Matt Wilhelm ended up playing most of the game. He finished with five tackles. Adam Snyder (AC joint), Roman (knee contusion), Arnaz Battle (quad contusion) and Lewis (stinger) also were nursing injuries, but have nine days to recover.

Here are some quotes:

TE Vernon Davis
Post -Game-Quotes - November 12, 2009
San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears

On whether it was tough to put an offense in on such a short week:
"It was tough because we didn't really have time to prepare like we wanted to, so we just had to dig into our pockets and use plays that we used in the past."

On his exchange with DE Adewale Ogunleye:
"I was just trying to get my team fired up. I just told him to get ready because we are coming hard and we are coming to win."

On whether there was a sense of relief getting this win:
"We have a lot of momentum now and that's what we wanted going into the next game. We wanted to win this game, get some momentum, get our confidence level high and continue to win."

NT Aubrayo Franklin
Post-Game Quotes - November 12, 2009
San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears

On the importance of winning the game:
"It was real big. We were on a four-game losing streak and we needed a win to get us back on track for a run to the playoffs."

On his interception:
"That was real big. I was pretty tired out there, we had been on a long drive. Luckily, God blessed me to get the pick. I tried to run with it but I didn't have any legs left to go anywhere."

On whether this win can spark the team going forward:
"Yeah, I think so. I think we got back to doing the things that we were doing to them earlier in the season on defense. We played like we did the first half of the season, creating turnovers and getting good field position for our offense. We had five turnovers and we came out with the win."

S Dashon Goldson
Post-Game Quotes - November 12, 2009
San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears

On his interception:
"We were in a man coverage. It was a combination route and I knew what they were going to run based on the alignment and I just made a good call. The nickel and I were doubling on the slot receiver, he released inside and I picked him up. [QB Jay] Cutler made a mistake throwing the football and I picked it off."

On the five turnovers generated by the defense:
"We came out there and showed what this defense is made of. In the beginning of the year in training camp, we stressed turnovers and every day we practice turnover drills. Today was a great opportunity for us, coming out at home after four losses in a row. We know what we can do and we showed it out there."

On the final possession of the game:
"After that penalty, I was telling them that we need to tighten up on D. We needed to win this game and to do that we needed to tighten up on defense at the end."

-- Matt Barrows

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MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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